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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Islamic Pakistan climbs to fourth worst country for persecution of Christians.


Islamic Pakistan climbs to fourth worst country for persecution of Christians. (BPCA)

The recently released ‘World Watch List 2017', produced by Open Doors has shown that Pakistan has unfortunately moved up to fourth place for how badly Christians are treated.

In 2015 Pakistan had ranked at number 8 and last year they rose to 6th. Now. Currently, only North Korea, Somalia and Afghanistan, were worse for Christians, but Pakistan is considered to have the most incidents against Christians overall of any of the nations listed. 

"This gives an idea of the increasing severity of the situation in Pakistan for Christians, and why the UK government should give far more consideration to the reality in both funding aid and dealing with Christian asylum seekers who manage to escape, or who do not want to return because of the threat after studying here and so on. In addition, it shows the reality on the ground is still worsening, despite some tentative and fragile actions by the authorities that are sometimes claimed as small signs of hope."

'Movement of Solidarity and Peace', a Muslim NGO, shocked the world with their estimations of 1000 minority girls being kidnapped every year and forced into Islamic marriage. 

Sadly their report released on 17th April 2014 estimated 700 of those abducted girls where Christian and aged between 12 and 25, that is almost two a day and the world stays silent.

Christians are thought to make up the majority of bonded labor  (modern day slaves) in Pakistan with a figure in excess of a million and 86% of Christians are known to be working as domestic laborers, cleaners and sewage workers, with some government and local government adverts asserting only Christians should apply.

15% of all blasphemy allegations in the country are lodged against Christians despite being only 1.6% of the population and two severe bomb attacks on Christian communities in the last two years, evidences the need for better protection of our vulnerable minority.

In 2016 alone we have already seen attempts to demolish four old churches (click here); Two terrorists attacks targeting Christians (click here) and (here);  A man falsely accused of blasphemy for watching a debate on facebook  (click here). A sixteen year old accused of blasphemy for posting an offensive image (click here), A couple accused of sending blasphemous texts to an Imam (click here), a 14 year old boy was sodomized and hung to death (click here), A Christian father was killed after trying to retrieve his daughter who was raped and forcibly married (click here), to name but a few...

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