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Pakistan

RegionAsia
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population196,744,000
Christian Population3,938,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentFederal Republic
LeaderPresident Mamnoon Hussain
Score86/100

Pakistan

Pakistan: Violence Against Believers.
Pakistan is the most violent country for Christians. Islamic extremists attack churches, with increased attacks around religious holidays like Easter and Christmas. Christians are abducted, forced to marry Muslims and even killed for their faith. Many are forced into hiding. The government doesn’t usually intervene.

Making Life Difficult.
Muslims make up 96% of Pakistan’s population. Only 2% are Christians. Those who convert from Islam are targeted by extremists and seen as betraying their community. The low, dirty jobs in Pakistan are officially reserved for Christians. Christians are considered unclean, and can be denied access to pharmacies and hospitals. 

Strict blasphemy laws pressure communities. Church activities are closely monitored, making life difficult for the Pakistani Christian. School children are often taught to hate Christians. If their faith is discussed, teachers and pupils constantly pressure them to convert to Islam. 

Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in Pakistan by:

  • Emergency aid to victims of violent persecution (including a specific women’s ministry).

  • Bible and pastoral training.

  • Counselling, trauma therapy and prayer support.

  • Providing literacy training and developing job skills.


“My wife Nuzhat had 22 wounds in her body after our church was attacked by extremists. God directed us to [Open Doors partner] Bible college. First my wife was furious at me for suggesting she could take classes there. But it’s amazing to see how she has grown through the singing and music therapy. The singing instructor told her to open her mouth, articulate the sounds and raise her volume. She had to cry in her singing, rejoice in her singing and strengthen her body through the process. The road to recovery is long but I have my wife back.” - Khalil, Pakistani Believer

Pray for Pakistan

Pray for Christians to love and forgive those who persecute them.

Pray for converts from Islam that they will not be afraid of the cost of following Jesus.

Pray for Christian women with Muslim husbands. Pray they will lead their families to Christ.

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Image: Christian settlement in Lahore, Pakistan.

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