|Christian Population||2% Christians in the country|
Pakistan is a strongly Islamic society. Radical Islamic groups are increasingly influential and are courted by political parties, the army and the government. Christians are the targets of violent attacks by extremists and are treated as ‘unclean’ by society in general.
Christians are abused under Pakistan’s infamous blasphemy laws – accusations lead to believers being imprisoned or killed. Christians are afraid to express their faith freely in case something they say is misinterpreted as blasphemy. While an estimated 700 Christian women and girls are abducted every year and often forced to marry Muslim men. If their families complain, they are accused of harassing the ‘voluntarily converted’ girl.
“Our existence as Christians here has become like a long string of days survived. Every day, the Muslims behave like [a] broken tap. They drip with hostility against us, and as they drip we are eroded. We feel like parts of our lives have been gouged out and our dignity has been thrown to the dogs in the fields. I see how terrified my congregation is of being accused of blasphemy. I see how the girls hide in their homes. They are unable to live normal lives.”
– Pastor Sabqat* describes persecution in Pakistan as a broken, dripping tap.
*Name changed for security reasons.
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