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Christian Intolerance and Persecution Increases in Pakistan

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Christian Intolerance and Persecution Increases in Pakistan

Jesus Christ warned of increased violence in the end times (The Bible, Matthew 24:9). A Muslim man, Rizwan Gujar, a resident of Sialkot, Pakistan, threw acid on Asma Yaqoob, a young Christian woman after she refused to convert to Islam. This incident is one more in the recent increase of Christian persecution in Pakistan. The blasphemy case of Aasia Bibi made worldwide headlines when she was falsely accused by a jealous co-worker and sentenced to death by a district court in Nankana Sahib, Punjab. Even in death, persecution persists when an Ahmadi Christian family had to remove the body of a relative buried in a Muslim cemetery.

Religious intolerance is deep rooted in Pakistani society. The abuse of Pakistani blasphemy laws has been increasing so much so that there has been a consideration of changing them. Police reportedly have tortured and mistreated those in custody on religious charges and have been accused of at least one killing in a blasphemy case. The government is considering appending the blasphemy law with an amendment that promises heavy penalties in the case of a false accusation. Christian Bishop Malik commented, "I think the government is quite willing to listen to us. It is the extreme mullahs who are making trouble."

The nation of Pakistan is number 5 on the 2018 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 us pray for:

The Pakistani government to pass legislation that will eliminate the misused blasphemy law and assess criminal penalties for bringing false accusations (The Bible, Deuteronomy 19:18-19).

Existing laws that do guarantee fair trials and humane treatment of prisoners to be upheld, and for prisons to be held accountable for the safety and treatment of prisoners (The Bible, Isaiah 59:14).

Asma Yaqoob's physical, emotional and psychological healing. Pray that the Lord fights the battle for Asma and brings justice to her assailant. She is an amazing brave young woman. Also pray for Asma and her family to forgive the man who committed this crime against her (The Bible, 2 Chronicles 20:15).

Many Muslims will be willing to leave Islam and seek the truth and love of Jesus Christ once they discover the radicalism and hatred that is at the heart of Islam (The Bible, John 3:16).

Christian Believers to stand firm in their faith and their testimony for Jesus, despite persecution. May non-believers be swayed to believe the Gospel when they see the love and forgiveness Believers show them when persecuted (The Bible, Ephesians 6:14).

Sources:

Religious Intolerance in Pakistan

Religious Tolerance

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