Christian Hairdresser Mysteriously Found Dead in Rawalpindi

35-Year-Old Prince Masih Discovered in Iqbal Town; Family and Community Seek Answers

Rawalpindi, April 6, 2024 — The tragic death of Prince Masih, a 35-year-old Christian hairdresser, has sent shockwaves through the local community. He was found dead in a garbage dumping plot in Iqbal Town, Rawalpindi, adjacent to Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.

Masih, a resident of the same town, went missing after leaving for work on April 4th. “He left home between 10 to 11 am, and when I called him around 1:30 pm, he said he would return for lunch. But he never came, and his phone was unreachable,” shared Mrs. Masih, his bereaved wife, in a heart-wrenching interview with a local social media outlet.

The victim's body was discovered the following morning, bringing a tragic end to the family's hopes. Mrs. Masih, who is disabled and unable to walk, faces the daunting challenge of raising their two children, 12-year-old Adan and a 4-year-old daughter, alone.

The family, known for their peaceful life, reportedly had no known enemies. “Prince mostly stayed at home after work. We are in complete shock,” said the widow, her voice laden with grief.

In a statement, Michael Rose, the family's lawyer, urged the Police Station Khanapur in Islamabad to trace Masih's call records for clues. “His cell phone and wallet were missing. This isn't just a case of unexplained death – it's a matter of section 302,” he asserted, hinting at the possibility of homicide.

Mr. Hanook, chairman of the Hanook Foundation, disclosed that Masih’s body is currently at PIMS Hospital for autopsy. "There was an unusual white foam around his mouth. We're pushing for additional forensic analysis in another city to uncover the truth," he remarked, indicating a need for thorough investigation.

The burial preparations are underway, but logistical challenges are emerging. “CDA (Capital Development Authority) has promised a bus for transport at 8 pm, but that creates a significant delay, especially considering the ongoing fasting period,” Hanook informed Pak Christian News (PCN) today. 

Shahzad Imran Sahotra, a representative of the family, has approached Khana Police Station for the registration of an FIR.

This tragic event has cast a shadow over the community, with residents and local authorities grappling with the mysterious and sudden loss of Prince Masih. The pursuit of truth and justice continues as the family, supported by the Hanook Foundation, awaits answers in this heartbreaking case.