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Pakistani Christians Search For New Homeland Because Of Muslim Persecution

Qur’an Sura 9:29-30, “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of [Islam], even if they are of the People of the Book [Christians] … the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”

A Christian family rests in front of their destroyed house

A Christian family rests in front of their destroyed house

By Lubna Thomas Benjamin, Christian Today – “It happened during 1947 at the creation of Pakistan when the Christians decided to come and settle in Pakistan as their home country. Very proudly, the Christians call themselves Pakistanis.

Ever since the inception of the country, the Christians living there have contributed in all spheres of life, from education to health, to the armed forces, and they have always been renowned for the services they have offered in the fields they worked in.

They are always considered and proved with their work that they are as dedicated and honest just like any other Pakistani, and I remember quoting my boss on air that he found Christians more hardworking and dedicated than the Muslims.

The conditions have not been easy for Christians when it comes to living in Pakistan, as they have to face problems of discrimination, hatred and insults from the small scale to sometimes the large scale.

Besides all these problems, another mammoth problem started to hover over the Christians and this was the blasphemy laws. It is easy to implicate the Christians by alleging they have uttered objectionable words against the Holy Quran and prophet Mohammad. Their lives are ended and some are still fighting battles, like Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, who was charged with blasphemy in 2009 and is still in prison, awaiting the outcome of the appeals process against her death sentence.

Despite having all the threats and troubles, the Christians still live and serve the country as a true patriot. However, some Christians who can’t fight the battle to keep up with their faith while living in the country, where the majority are Muslims, have now thought of adopting the new way – that is to leave their motherland and go to another country where they can live the life of a free person.

I have come to know the heart-shattering stories of a few of the many families who have left Pakistan – astonishingly quite a few of them were not poor but were rich and had their own business or were doing high–profile jobs. Otherwise, how can a person even think of leaving their home and live in a foreign land where he might have to face not similar problems like Pakistan but different in nature? A new struggle indeed.

A Christian young man belonging to the city of Bahawalpur, Punjab, is now in the UK.

On condition of anonymity, he shared with me his reason for leaving Pakistan…” Read more.

Flashback: Christians In Pakistan Told To Convert To Islam Or Leave, ‘Otherwise They Will Face Consequences’ – “Last Sunday when Church service was over, more than dozen Muslim criminals gathered in front of Church and started harassing Christian girls who were leaving after services. Ahmed Bhatti and Muslim home owners of area ordered their Christians tenants to convert to Islam otherwise vacate their properties. They have vacated some shops that were run by Christians. One Christian man had his Gospel music on in the shop; they beat him up and kicked him out from that shop on gunpoint. Ahmed Bhatti on his microphone was shouting, ‘I am giving Christians this invitation to convert to Islam otherwise they will face consequences’ while announcement was made gathering of Muslims were raising Islamic Slogans.” Read more.

Flashback: Pakistan: Christians Forced To Flee Into The Wilderness To Escape Islamic Persecution – “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.” Read more.

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