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PERSECUTION OUTLOOK: PAKISTAN

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN PAKISTAN - 2022

In recent years, Pakistan has seen a startling increase in abduction cases, usually involving girls who are also religious minorities (e.g., Christians and Hindus). Victims are not just taken from their homes, but raped and forced into marriage and conversion. And as there is no comprehensive law against these particular crimes, perpetrators largely go unpunished, and the Church is forced to advocate where the state will not. However, this is not the extent of the country’s violence against Christians: on a regular basis, they are attacked, arrested, and denied both opportunities and needs. For example, in order to receive COVID-19 aid, Christians had to convert, meaning that even hospital workers did not have protective gear; this also applies to general emergency aid, as was the case after recent flooding. And Christians in Pakistan are largely assigned menial labor, meaning that poverty is nearly inescapable.

Projects funded in Pakistan 2021: 77

Construction: 20

Transportation: 16

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Mass Stipends: 5

Humanitarian: 8

Media: 1

Bibles: 1

Training of priests: 7

Existence Help: 3

Faith Formation: 16

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Pakistan, August 2023 
Up to 15 church buildings were attacked and hundreds of Christian homes destroyed after extremists went on the rampage. The incident follows an accusation of blasphemy against a Christian cleaner accused of desecrating the Quran and insulting the Prophet of Islam.
Mass exodus as mob burns churches and homes in Jaranwala.
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Basic necessities assistance (Phase 1/2) for the victims of Jaranwala after aggression from extremists on August the 16th, 2023

Pakistan: Justice for Jaranwala victims

Qazi Faez Isa, the Chief Justice of Pakistan and head of the Supreme Court, described the report as being “[worthy of] the dustbin.” According to ...
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Mob violence is a turning point for Pakistan Christians

“The voices of Muslim scholars have become very important, especially where the government and the armed forces find it difficult to intervene. One of the ...
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300 Christian families and over 1,000 people in need of daily food and other emergency provisions.
On 20 August 2023, first Holy Mass was celebrated at the ashes of brutally burnt Christian Town –Jarnawala. A Holy Mass was celebrated by His Excellency Bishop Dr. Indrias Rehmat (Bishop of Faisalabad Diocese), V. Rev. Fr. Abid Tanveer (Vicar General), Rev. Fr. Khalid Rashid Asi (Parish Priest – Holy Rosary Madina Town), Rev. Fr. Khalid Mukhtar (Parish Priest- Jaranwala). All the Christian families attended holy mass, homily shared by His Excellency was the source of strength, patience, hope and eternity Love of God for his people.

Under the kind supervision of His Excellency Caritas Pakistan Faisalabad-CPF team including Mr. Amjad Gulzar (Executive Director), Mr. Aneel Mushtaq along with team and volunteers successfully distributed Food Packages, Hygiene Kit & Kitchen set among all 150 affected families of Christian town. Cooked food was also distributed among 300 families to lessen the worries & huger needs of the victims.
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Basic necessities assistance (Phase 1/2) for the victims of Jaranwala after aggression from extremists on August the 16th, 2023

Pakistan: The West must demand justice for Jaranwala Christians

The international community's pressure is vital to prosecuting those responsible for the attacks. Pakistan relies on Western nations for trade and aid, so it will ...
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Pakistan, August 2023 
Up to 15 church buildings were attacked and hundreds of Christian homes destroyed after extremists went on the rampage. The incident follows an accusation of blasphemy against a Christian cleaner accused of desecrating the Quran and insulting the Prophet of Islam.
Mass exodus as mob burns churches and homes in Jaranwala.
PAKISTAN / FAISALABAD 23/00378
Basic necessities assistance (Phase 1/2) for the victims of Jaranwala after aggression from extremists on August the 16th, 2023

Pakistan: ACN provides emergency relief for victims of Jaranwala riots

Miraculously, no Christians were killed in the attacks, but hundreds of families fled and were forced to stay with relatives or even out in the ...
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Pakistan: ‘You are the angels in our life’

The farmers use the income to pay their debts and buy seeds for the coming season. Theoretically, the farmers and their families can earn a ...
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Parishioners celebrate Mass outside burned church in Pakistan

“The Christian community has been terrorized and frightened by a small group of miscreants, who are intent on making them believe that Christians are second-class ...
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