WHO IS THE LEADER OF PAKISTAN?
Prime Minister Imran Khan is the leader of Pakistan.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN PAKISTAN?
Official figures show there are just 3.9 million Christians in Pakistan, a country of 200.8 million. They make up two per cent of the population.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN PAKISTAN?
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.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN PAKISTAN?
Pakistan’s infamous blasphemy laws are frequently abused to target Christians – 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.
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.
Christians face discrimination in work and education, and jobs that are considered ‘unclean’ are officially reserved for Christians.
"Some of the business men who hire day labourers won’t hire me if they know I am a Christian."
- Shahzad, Christian in rural Pakistan
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN PAKISTAN?
You can give to provide vital support
In cooperation with local churches and partners, Open Doors supports the church in Pakistan through training, literacy and vocational projects, emergency aid and trauma therapy.
£34 could provide literacy training to a persecuted believer.
You can SPEAK OUT
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR pakistan
Lord Jesus, please protect Christian women and girls at risk from abduction, rape, forced marriage and forced conversion to Islam. Please give Christians in Pakistan the courage to stand up for their faith and stand alongside others who are suffering. May Your gracious presence in the lives of Muslim-background believers be winsome to others.