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  • Leader: Prime Minister Imran Khan
  • Population: 197 million (3.9 million Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Country fact sheet

Radical Muslims monitor gatherings of converts. Historic churches have been subject to bomb attacks. All Christians suffer from institutionalised discrimination, with occupations that are seen as low, dirty and derogatory being officially reserved for Christians, most of whom are from the poorer classes. Radical Islamic groups, courted by political parties, the army and government, run thousands of schools capable of stirring up enmity towards religious minorities. Blasphemy laws target Christians in particular. Conversion from Islam brings great shame to family and community, and danger for the new believer.

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Please Pray 

  • Ask God to protect Christian women and girls at risk of abduction, rape, forced marriage and forced conversion to Islam
  • That Pakistan’s laws will protect Christians from the strategies of radical Islamic groups
  • That God’s gracious presence in the lives of believers from Muslim backgrounds will be winsome to others.

How Open Doors helps

In cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, Open Doors supports the church in Pakistan through:

  • Training (eg pastor's training, literacy training and vocational projects)
  • Emergency aid to victims of violent persecution
  • Women's ministry
  • Bible literacy
  • Counselling and trauma therapy.

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