Body of murdered 12-year-old Christian boy identified

Published: August 22, 2012
Suneel's mutilated body was found on August 20; he left home to get food but never returned. PHOTO: MUHAMMAED JAVED/THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Suneel's mutilated body was found on August 20; he left home to get food but never returned. PHOTO: MUHAMMAED JAVED/THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

FAISALABAD: Relatives of a 12-year old Christian boy, whose mutilated body was found on August 20, along with other community members protested against the brutal killing on Narowal Road in Faisalabad on Wednesday. The body was identified by the relatives today. 

According to police, Suneel Masih’s body was found near Chamra Mandi by police Constable Ali Raza, who then filed a case against unknown persons. Raza said the murder weapon was also found near the body.

Brother of the deceased, Pitras Masih said Suneel went out of his house to get food on August 19 but did not come back. The family – with the help of relatives and Christian leaders – searched for him but to no avail.

Suneel’s body was kept in a hospital’s morgue and a post mortem was also conducted on his body.

As per the details provided by Raza and the post mortem report, Suneel’s body had 23 injuries inflicted by a sharp weapon. His body was later burnt in an attempt to make it unidentifiable, the report stated.

A police investigation team has been constituted to investigate the incident.

Correction: Earlier, incorrect name and age of the deceased were mentioned in this article. The errors have been rectified. 

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  • Tragic
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:10PM

    What sort of animals in the form of humans live in this country. Disgusting act. Reasons of this nature is what making Allah not bless this land.


  • Suraj
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:18PM

    I think its better to escape all the minorities from Pakistan..Because, the law of land itself biased towards all of them..


  • Hammad
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Let’s not jump to conclusions just yet. Until and unless someone claims responsibility for this, this is just another gruesome murder, something pakistanis are used to..


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:29PM

    ThePolice should investigate the matter and immediately arrest the killer(s) without any delay and bring the killer(s) to justice through the local court.


  • Reddy
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:33PM

    RIP,14 yr old gets stabbed 23 times can anybody get sicker than that.


  • Truth Detector
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:46PM


    It is very shameful on your part to impugn a whole religion for some sicko actions. No investigation has occurred , there are no conclusions and you have jumped the gun…that can be labelled as some form of sickness too…


  • Indian
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:48PM

    Pakistan is no more a safer place for Non-Muslim people. Kindly all Non-Muslim go out of the Pakistan to your respective countries.!


  • Zeta
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:49PM

    Why do you ET have to give this news a religious color? It could a rape or kidnap crime.


  • Khan's Tiger
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:51PM

    I am sure who ever did that will be waiting for 70 virgins in Janat…Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:57PM

    @reddy..wats it got to do with religion.


  • Inam
    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:59PM

    there is no religious tolerance in our country. rather than giving the minorities a message that we as muslims can protect your rights and live together in harmony and peace we just find ways of having a go at each other. RIP kid, no matter what justice will be done to those people by the same GOD we believe in.


  • Sodhal Faqeer
    Aug 22, 2012 - 8:00PM

    A sad incident. My sympathies are with the family of the poor boy. But people stop blaming Pakistan for all the ills in society. These kind of things happen all over the world. If you don’t like it, leave it !


  • Truth
    Aug 22, 2012 - 8:03PM

    100’s of Muslim children also get similar death or are being killed , why doesnt ET share those news when a Muslim child in Pakistan gets killed ,
    There is no majority or minority , everyone is treated worse in Pakistan and its not based on religion ,there is hundred times of worst situation of Majority Muslims than minority , and Islam is not responsible for this ,the currupt society and the misuse of laws and the sleepy governmetnt are all responsible for such situations around the country


  • roma
    Aug 22, 2012 - 8:14PM

    @Suraj: – youre right – the very concept of the creation of pakistan is about the unwillingness to live among people of other beliefs – for whatever reason(s)


  • Amitabh Bachchan
    Aug 22, 2012 - 8:15PM

    100s of ppl die daily including young girls murdered but ET labels this one as a Christian Murder,,, Great Journalism.

    ET is just a Sensationalist Tabloid, no real journalism here.


  • B
    Aug 22, 2012 - 8:37PM

    Horrific. Crime needs to be investigated and murderer put behind bars. Also please not that this Suraj above is again an Indian national causing mischief. These Indians must be having no life to perpetually troll Pakistani sites and leave such comments. When millions started fleeing in India over feared communal violence a few days ago, all they could say was that Pakistan is behind it. And yet they are the ones who come and troll our sites. Hmmmmm….


  • Atif
    Aug 22, 2012 - 8:50PM

    I assure you of the guilty charge and as soon as possible capture of the culprits commiting such a horrible crime. (Rehman Malik)
    All the other crime reports have the same statements, but till yet no captures!
    This is the art of ministery.

    Just hate that system!


  • IronyDetector
    Aug 22, 2012 - 9:33PM


    yes, absolutely, let’s keep the blindfold on, and one day, we’ll surely fall off the cliff, ending our misery.


  • Abbas John
    Aug 22, 2012 - 9:57PM

    wah wah wah Jinnah ka Pakistan!!!!! Muslims talk of justice?? 98% muslims will not let 2 % minorites live!! shame!


  • Vikram
    Aug 22, 2012 - 10:07PM

    @Truth: “100′s of Muslim children also get similar death or are being killed , why doesnt ET share those news when a Muslim child in Pakistan gets killed”

    Minorities are treated like dirt in Pakistan. that ia why it is important to identify.
    Do you want Newspapers to publish all news of Muslim children sexually assaulted by Muslim men and killed?


  • Truth
    Aug 22, 2012 - 10:39PM

    @Vikram i want them to share also all those stories of children killed by Drone strikes ,if they really consider to be unbiased ,and dont just tag Muslims as killers , i know how many Hindus have murdered Muslims and those Hindus extremists who destroyed that sacred Golden temple for no reason and killed thousands of innocent Sikhs


  • zeeshan sheikh
    Aug 22, 2012 - 10:49PM

    @ET you’re now lying shamelessly. the boy found dead in well died by electric shocks while stealing water pump motor. get your facts right your whole frontpage is a lie


  • Omar Omar
    Aug 22, 2012 - 11:19PM

    Suneel Masih’s fate is just a side-effect of being a Christian in the bastion of Islam! Move on, folks, nothing unusual about this.


  • Excited
    Aug 22, 2012 - 11:49PM

    @Zeta: ” It could a rape or kidnap crime.”
    Raping of a 14 years old BOY is okay to you. Keep it up. Why have enemies when all are in Pakistan.


  • Adnan
    Aug 23, 2012 - 12:00AM

    See howz your India your news papers and you will see all kinds of crime taking placf in your beloved India


  • Ajay
    Aug 23, 2012 - 12:11AM

    @Sodhal Faqeer: Just allow all Hindus, Christians to come to India. Will you send an open petition to Rehman Malik. and please make sure that these people who deprt from pakistan don’t get lynched by hateful Pakistanis on the way.


  • Ajay
    Aug 23, 2012 - 12:19AM

    @Amitabh Bachchan:
    ET is indeed practicing finest journalism. Question is- Do duplictous people like you or your country deserve such excellent journalism?Recommend

  • Aug 23, 2012 - 12:19AM

    May Allah give hidayat to Pakistanis to wake up and protect their religion from misuse by criminalsRecommend

  • LuvPak
    Aug 23, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Humbly, I like to add the “Sane Folks” as a minority too, who get harassed all the time by insane Cavemen for having so called “Liberal” thinking of “equal rights of justice” for All. Sadly our Judges have “wisely” decided to Preoccupy the Judicial system with senseless “eagle chasing” of the Politicians.


  • Tahir
    Aug 23, 2012 - 1:49AM

    Every one know that Christians live so happily and with pride and are well looked after. Our maulvisi always shun to spread hatered against them..Such incidents have happened to people of other religions also, so don’t make noise if it has happened to a Christian. Minority should keep silence for religious harmony.


  • Salmaan
    Aug 23, 2012 - 1:54AM

    @Mohammed Abbasi:
    As long as crimnals are not punished, there will be no protection.
    No Justice No peace.


  • Owais
    Aug 23, 2012 - 3:24AM

    Is this what they learnt in ramadhan!!!


  • sameer
    Aug 23, 2012 - 4:29AM

    Keep working ET until pakistan becomes morally muslim and economically secular.


  • KSU
    Aug 23, 2012 - 4:30AM

    Why does everyone assume there is a religious motive behind the murder…and that the murderer is a muslim….that people across the border will blame muslims is one thing but extreme prejudgement by Pakistanis is really pathetic!!!!


  • pmbm
    Aug 23, 2012 - 4:51AM

    What if a christian killed him how “rama dhan” could help.


  • nomi
    Aug 23, 2012 - 5:55AM

    @ truth

    Why does your history start from partition, sikh riots and gujarat riots. Playing the victim card is getting boring. We can start from after the death of the Prophet ( SAW) and see how nice muslims were to each other.

    The reason why people blame Pakistan more is that the country was carved out especially on the basis of protection of a minority group. It has failed so far. We wanted a special country for a minority and now we are doing what we ourselves feared the most from the hindu majority.


  • S Mansoor
    Aug 23, 2012 - 6:16AM

    A 14 year old would have had so much to live for :( Very, very sad.

    And yet I fail to see any connection in the ET story about his death with his being a Christian. Is ET trying to gain international ‘sympathy’ for it’s coverage of ‘minority abuse’ in the country by running such racy headlines and turning everything into a ‘minority abuse’ issue, or what? It was the same with e.g. the ‘Christian nurses poisoning story’, which alleged a lot of stuff, but never followed up afterwards to clarify if indeed the AKU labs found any poison etc.

    ET please! There’s enough real victimization out there, and you don’t have to contribute to the chaos! You owe it to your readers to adhere to at least some journalistic standards.


  • Aug 23, 2012 - 7:06AM

    Well done Pakistani Muslims, well done. Let this crazy PPP government give all those involved the Nishan e Haider. May the innocent boy Rest In Paradise.

    We did not have this sectarian problem before 1979. Only after the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, the mullas were brought to the fore and with the support of the USA and Saudi Arabia, the Mujahideen were mobilized and the mullas were given a free hand to do as they pleased. There the problem exists and is the cause of this nation’s decline.



  • Observer
    Aug 23, 2012 - 7:30AM


    “What sort of animals in the form of humans live in this country. Disgusting act. Reasons of this nature is what making Allah not bless this land.”

    Don’t worry, Allah will always bless the country that was created to protect Islam.


  • Imran Con
    Aug 23, 2012 - 7:35AM

    If those “injuries” were actual stab wounds, as opposed to cuts to simply cause pain, 99% chance that whoever did it, did it out of anger. Meaning it’s more “in the moment” than a planned bigotry related murder. Though if it was just cuts to cause pain… That’s a completely different story.
    The way he was found is probably best ignored in regard to finding out who did it. With all the bodies that do get killed and dumped, well, it’s the perfect way to dispose of the body since it’ll just blend in with the others.


  • Farrukh khan
    Aug 23, 2012 - 7:37AM

    Very sad stabbed 23 time. Still a shameful creature spits a lie he was stealing. Allah is watching pls. Think twice before you open your mouth. May be you know the story behind the story or you were present when it happened. Shame on you.


  • Soh!
    Aug 23, 2012 - 7:59AM

    Absolutely, to you Sir! But think about his parents!!!


  • Soh!
    Aug 23, 2012 - 8:08AM

    @Amitabh Bachchan:
    I guess ET knows and understands the distinction between apples and oranges!


  • LuvPak
    Aug 23, 2012 - 8:56AM

    Because we claim to be the Fort of Islam, assuming the Religion is our motive: We have killed in cold blood bus-loads of harmless Shia passngers in Balochistan & Punjab, have burned Christain villages in Punjab, there we also have bombed Masjid full of praying Qadianees, Killed Taseer, the governor of Punjab on an twisted blasphemy reason, bombed girls schools in KPK, vandalized more than one Hindu Mandirs in Punjab. Harassed Hindus in Sindh to extermination. Throw Acid on the faces of unsuccessful love target. Slaughter hundreds of duty-bound Muslim soldiers of Pak army, protected and released renown terrorists. What else do you want to hear about the religious equality available in Pak and simple request of a citizen to lead a life with peace & harmony without asking for equal rights, healthcare, schools, jobs, corruption and unsanitary conditions & gas or power supply.

    Who else do you think the world should blame, the minorities?


  • Aug 23, 2012 - 9:15AM

    May your soul rest in peace Suneel.


  • andleeb
    Aug 23, 2012 - 10:48AM

    Yes it is sad. But I think he would have died even if he was in India.


  • john425
    Aug 23, 2012 - 11:19AM

    @zeeshan sheikh How can a person die in Pakistan due to electric shock when there is no electricity at all.
    RIP for the child. Recommend

  • Reza Aslan
    Aug 23, 2012 - 11:30AM

    @ Tahir “Minority should keep silence for religious harmony. ” — That was EPIC comment!>Recommend

  • Truth
    Aug 23, 2012 - 2:02PM

    @Nomi ,i personally feel alot sad for the ongoing situation of minority within our country ,as this thing has been experienced by many muslims around the world , but its not in the hands of us to deal with it , its the responsibility of our elected members to protect the rights of minorities ,and till now they have failed as they havnt even cared from the beginning , but this thing has nothin to do with Muslims ,and blasphemy law , but this law is handled in the wrong way ,and if they too much worry about this law ,then they should not burn our Holy Book in first place ,its ridiculous of burning one’s Holy BOOK, you can imagine how it would feel to if i stand in the middle of mumbai and burn copies of their holy scriptures


  • Observer
    Aug 23, 2012 - 5:26PM

    For Punjab police, its is simple enough to solve the case without any controversy

    Find a sorry Christian from the surrounding area.
    Cook up a Family honour story with affair with sister.
    Beat the crap out of the sorry Christain to confess the murder.

    See, simple enough! no religious angle, no bad name to Muslim. :)

    But wait, wont it be Blasphemous to relate honour to Christians as per Pakistani law? whatever, its still not as difficult to manage this situation.Recommend

  • Truth
    Aug 23, 2012 - 6:30PM

    This is the kind of intolerance the society has in Pakistan. It has no legitimate right to talk about Palestine, Chechnya, Burma etc. Clean your house, then talk about others.


  • andy andrew younus
    Aug 23, 2012 - 7:01PM

    we as community ,very sorry about this young death and this barbarism. may God himself judge these wicked and cruel people. and we pray for console of all family and friends of Sunil……


  • andy andrew younus
    Aug 23, 2012 - 7:06PM

    we as community ,very sorry about this young death and this barbarism. may God himself judge these wicked and cruel people. and we pray for console of all family and friends of Suneel……


  • Richard
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Go back to your respective countries??? The vast majority of minorities in Pakistan were BORN there and every bit as Pakistani as their Muslim neighbors.


  • Tahir
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:08PM

    @Truth: you can imagine how it would feel to if i stand in the middle of mumbai and burn copies of their holy scriptures
    there is no limit on extrapolating. Height of imagination


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