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Pakistan

Ranked as the #8 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Government: Republic

Population: 188 million (5.3 million Christians)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Extreme
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

OVERVIEW OF PAKISTAN

PakistanPakistan’s Christians are caught in the crossfire between Islamic militant organizations and mobs that violently target Christians, and an Islamizing culture on the other hand that results in Christians being isolated from the rest of the population. The notorious blasphemy laws continue to have devastating consequences for minorities, including Christians. A Pakistani mob beat and burned to death a Christian couple in November for alleged blasphemy charges. Women and girls are experiencing violence every day; especially those from minority groups who are vulnerable and easy targets for rape, sexual abuse and kidnapping.

PRAYER POINTS

  • For Aasiya (Asia) Bibi who remains in prison for alleged blasphemy after her appeal was turned down by the Pakistani High Court
  • For the growing number of Christian women and girls who are targets of kidnappers and sexual assault
  • That the Taliban will be driven out of the country by government forces

RESOURCES ON PAKISTAN

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