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Christian Persecution in Pakistan Dramatically Escalates

Christian Persecution in Pakistan Dramatically Escalates

Christians make up a small sliver of the population in Pakistan, four percent of its nearly 180 million people. They are targets in the rapidly increasing violence. Critics argue that Pakistan's blasphemy laws are frequently misused to settle personal scores. Such was the case with Asia Bibi who was sentenced to death over drinking from a Muslim's cup in 2010. Imprisoned and in solitary confinement for the last four years, Bibi's health continues to fail. It has been reported that 695 people were charged with blasphemy between 1986 and the year 2006. Two government officials were murdered for supporting a repeal of these laws.

The September 2013 suicide bombing of the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar shocked the world. At Least 85 were killed and over 140 were wounded. It's not safe for Christians in this country," said Mano Rumalshah, the bishop emeritus of Peshawar. "Everyone is ignoring the growing danger to Christians in Muslim-majority countries."

This increased persecution has caused panic. Over 16,000 Christians have fled, seeking asylum in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Thailand. In an attempt to end this mass exodus, authorities illegally removed more than 1000 Pakistani Christians from their flights in Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. Sri Lanka has detained them as refugees.

The nation of Pakistan has moved to number 8 on the 2014 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network Partners pray for Pakistan on Day 28 in accordance with the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.

Let's Pray For:

 

  • Unjust blasphemy laws to be repealed in Pakistan (The Bible, Isaiah 10:1)
  • The Christian minority to continue to show love and kindness to their Muslim neighbors even when persecuted (The Bible, Matthew 5:39)
  • God to soften the hearts of extremists and convict them of their sins against humanity (The Bible, Acts 26:14)
  • Psalm 91 Protection over our Brothers and Sisters there (The Bible, Psalm 91).

Sources 

 

Asia Bibi: Accused woman's supporters urge Pakistani court to end delays on appeal
'Sentenced to death for being thirsty': Christian woman tells of moment she was beaten and locked up in Pakistan after 'using Muslim women's cup to drink water'
At least 85 killed in suicide bombing at Pakistan church.
Blasphemous Oppression In The Name of Islam:  Hold Pakistan Accountable For Persecuting Religious Minorities
Pakistan Halts Christian Exodus; Sri Lanka Detains Refugees


 

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