|Leader||President Mamnoon Hussain|
|Population||196 744 000|
|Government||Federal Parliamentary Republic|
“During the worship service, text messages flooded in about the attacks on two churches not far from where they were.”
There are multiple groups of Christians experiencing persecution in Pakistan. Historical Christian communities exist openly but must put up with stringent rules and constant monitoring, while Christian converts from Islam suffer the brunt of persecution from both radical Islamic groups and families and neighbours. Protestant Christian communities are under scrutiny and suffer frequent attacks, especially when they are active in outreach amongst Muslims.
Violent persecution is common. Christians are targets for murder, bombings, abduction of women, rape, forced marriages and eviction from home and country. Unjust and arbitrary blasphemy laws are used to punish Christians and prevent evangelism.
Open Doors is supporting the Church in Pakistan, in cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, through women’s ministry, emergency aid to victims of violent persecution, biblical and pastoral training, vocational learning projects, trauma counselling and more.