Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Saving Pakistan's Christians

Believers in Pakistan need our
prayers. Please stand with them!
At the end of March, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) released a Research & Analysis Report on Pakistan titled “Saving Pakistan’s Christians.”

Despite severe criticism by the international community that followed the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti in February, Pakistan remains unchanged. Attacks on Christians and other minorities continue, the latest being the killing of two Christian men in Hyderabad during the last week of March.

While Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah had a vision of stability, law and order and protection of all religious communities when the nation was formed in 1947, the sixth president General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, who captured power by a coup in 1977, Islamized the country.

Although successive rulers were far more moderate and liberal, they did not dare to make efforts to rid the country of extremism thanks to the clout the conservative sections had acquired. The political expediency carries on till today.

The blasphemy law—adopted by Zia-ul-Haq—is dear to Islamic extremists and jihadi terrorists mainly because it is a symbol of what they want Pakistan to be, irrespective of its practical utility. The significance of this law is to be seen in light of a strong sense of loss of Islamic identity that has gripped the extremist elements.

Please take a few moments to read the entire Research & Analysis Report found here, particularly if you’re seeking a better understanding of the reasons behind the country’s persecution of Christians.

Continue to keep Pakistani Christians in your prayers as they face waves of escalating persecution.

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