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Pakistan: Christians Forced To Flee Into The Wilderness To Escape Islamic Persecution

AP – “ISLAMABAD (AP) – In the middle of a forest in the Pakistani capital, a group of Christians has cut down trees to clear land and has begun to build a church out of branches after leaving their neighborhood in fear when one of their own was accused of violating Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws.

The roughly 100 men, women and children who slept overnight on the ground in a clearing just a few miles (kilometers) from the seat of the Pakistani government are fallout from the case of a young Christian girl accused by a neighbor of burning pages from Islam’s holy book, the Quran. The case has spotlighted attention on the country’s strict blasphemy laws which can result in life in prison or even death for those accused.

‘We used to come here to collect wood for fuel so we find it a suitable place for shelter,’ said Sumera Zahid, who was feeding her three children and her parents. ‘Here it is not anybody’s home, nobody’s land. Let us live here in safety.’

Their ordeal began a little less than two weeks ago when a Christian girl was accused by a neighbor of burning pages of the Quran. Much of the case is still in question including the girl’s age, whether she was mentally impaired and what exactly she was burning. But as word of the blasphemy accusation spread, hundreds of people gathered at her house demanding something be done to the girl. The police eventually arrested her and are investigating whether she broke any law.

The Associated Press is withholding the girl’s name; the AP does not generally identify juveniles under 18 who are accused of crimes.

Most Christians in the neighborhood fled, fearing retribution from their Muslim neighbors. Christian residents also reported that their landlords evicted them.

After living with relatives and in churches, many of the Christians arrived at this clearing on Sunday, determined to build a home.

‘We are thankful to the Lord for this land although here is no water and food but rest assured the Lord will create water fountains and provide all fruits here for you if you remain patient and suffer these hardship, thanking the Lord,’ said Pastor Arif Masih.” Read more.

  1. 08/28/2012 at 3:34 PM

    OMG!! Am I ever in trouble, if Obama ever succeeds in handing America over to his god, Allah. Hardly ever, do I have my second cup of morning coffee, before I’ve blasphemed Allah, at least once.


  2. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    08/28/2012 at 7:36 PM

    Thank you for updates. Continuing to pray for our christian brothers and sisters in the middle east and for God to show Himself to all.


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