November 18, 2011
An evangelist was shot dead in Karachi, Pakistan, Nov. 16 by an unidentified gunman in what his family believes was a radical Muslim group's targeting of a Christian, Compass Direct News reports. Jameel Saawan was opening the doors of his cosmetics shop with a helper when a young man appeared and shot him in the neck and face, then fled on a motorcycle on which two others were waiting. Saawan, a widely respected member of the Christian community who visited several families every day to share the Bible, had received death threats two years ago after voicing his desire to start a welfare organization for poor Christians, but had not been threatened recently. "We firmly believe my father was killed because of his preaching of the Bible, because there is no other reason," Saawan's son said. "It wasn't a robbery, because the assassin only walked towards my father and shot at him."