Sources of persecution: Islamic extremism/Dictatorial paranoia/Organised corruption
Christians are caught between Islamic militant organisations, an Islamising culture and a weak government with a military complicit in fuelling Islamic militants. The Rimsha Masih case prompted a debate on blasphemy laws, but others still face charges and extremist groups continue to incite hatred for Christians. Many Christians are uneducated manual workers who suffer unfair treatment from employers. Muslim men continue to sexually assault underage Christian girls. Opening a new church building is virtually impossible and emigration of Christians continues.
Praise God that the laws of Pakistan give Christians considerable freedom to run established churches
Give thanks that the Christian population is growing and a steady but significant trickle of Muslims are joining churches
For imprisoned Christian Asia Bibi, sentenced to death on blasphemy charges