Today is … International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Today is … International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church Organised in Ireland by

Christians face persecution in 60 countries Red Severe Orange Significant

Green Today we focus on one country Pakistan

Pakistan is gripped by political turmoil due to the growth in Muslim fundamentalism Christians (3% of population) are

often the targets of violent Islamist attacks On Easter Sunday 2016, 72 people (Christians and Muslims) were killed in

a suicide attack targeting Christians in a park in Lahore A family outing on Easter Sunday ended in shock, pain and

Pastor Shakeel Anjum took six funerals Mourning some of the 81 victims of a previous attack on a church in

Pakistan Pakistans blasphemy laws are often misused to settle personal scores Since 1986, more than 1,000 people have been accused under the blasphemy laws, (over 50% from

religious minorities) Asia Bibi In prison for 7 years Sentenced to

death in November 2010 Supreme Court appeal pending Muslim fundamentalists

calling Salman Taseer Shabhaz Bhatti

Two politicians who supported Asia Bibi were murdered by Muslim extremists Shagufta Kausar and husband Shafqat

Emmanuel Sawan Masih under sentence of death since March Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said last

year, I am the prime minister of all Pakistanis, whether they are Hindu, Pakistan will be featured in the next Church in Chains magazine

(published in late November) Regular updates at www.churchinchains.ie

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