Pakistani Christian’s Agricultural Lands Stolen by Muslim Tenant

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Last month, a Christian in Pakistan had agricultural lands, inherited from his father, stolen from him by a Muslim tenant. Due to widespread discrimination, the Christian fears he will never regain possession of his land.

Victor Masih’s father, Boota Masih, leased six acres of agricultural land, located in Village 133/16 L near Mian Chunu, to a Muslim man named Arshad Mughal in 2012. The lease agreement was set to expire on April 30, 2021.

Victor’s father died in 2016 and the ownership of the leased land passed to Victor. However, when Victor attempted to retake possession of the land on May 3, 2021, Mughal falsely claimed that Victor’s father had sold him the land.

It was a surprising development for me,” Victor told International Christian Concern (ICC). “My father never sold this land.

When Victor disagreed with Mughal, Mughal and several other Muslims beat Victor and told him to leave the land. Mughal threatened Victor with dire consequences if he attempted to take legal action against him to retake possession of the land.

Mughal grabbed my property and threatened me from going into legal action against him,” Victor explained to ICC. “This was the only savings and support for my family to fulfil our day to day needs. This is an injustice against Christians. I have no trust in the judicial system and am therefore hesitant to lead a case against Mughal.” 

 

From International Christian Concern here.