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Pakistan

RegionAsia
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population204,596,000
Christian Population4,015,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentFederal Parliamentary Republic
LeaderPrime Minister Imran Khan
Score88/100

Pakistan

Following Jesus is extremely difficult in Pakistan. Christians are considered second-class citizens and are discriminated against in many aspects of life. Converts face violent persecution from their community and extremist groups; many believers live in poverty as a result of their social standing.

Converting to Christianity is dangerous. Those wishing to leave Islam and follow Jesus are often threatened by their family or community. Their new faith is viewed as shameful. Churches are regularly monitored and subject to frequent attacks.

Christians in Pakistan face discrimination in work and education, and jobs that are considered ‘unclean’ are officially reserved for Christians. The blasphemy law means Christians may lose their jobs, social standing, or even their lives for speaking about their faith in Jesus.

Pray for Pakistan

Pray that believers with a Muslim background will pursue God rather than social acceptance.

Pray for Christians to preach the gospel with boldness, even in the face of increased opposition.

Pray for protection over Christians as they deal with Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

News

Pakistan | Asia Bibi Arrives In Canada

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row, has arrived in Canada and been reunited with her family. She left Pakistan fearing f...
21 May 2019

Pakistan | Asia Bibi Is Finally Free

The Supreme Court has upheld its decision to acquit Asia Bibi. She was found not guilty of blasphemy in October 2018 but a challenge was launched by...
31 January 2019

Pakistan | Christian Freed From Blasphemy Charges

On 15 January, Pervaiz Masih was released after spending three-and-half years in prison, charged with insulting the prophet Mohammad in September 201...
24 January 2019

Pakistan | Pressure On The Church After Asia Bibi's Release

On October 31, Asia Bibi's 10-year blasphemy case reached a final verdict. The charges against her were dropped and her immediate release from prison...
5 November 2018