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 August 23, 2012 4:08 AM

Pakistani Girl Arrested for 'Blasphemy'
On Friday, August 17, Rimsha Masih, an 11-year-old girl, was arrested on blasphemy charges; her accusers said that she had desecrated the Quran. Arrests under Pakistan blasphemy laws are nothing new, but this particular case has attracted widespread attention because Rimsha is reported to have Down syndrome.
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 June 21, 2012 10:51 AM

Asia Noreen Bibi is among Thousands of Pakistani Christians Suffering under Blasphemy Law
For nearly four years Christians around the world have been praying for Asia Noreen, the first woman to receive the death penalty under Pakistan's blasphemy law. A ministry partner who visited her village now reveals the plight of Christians under Pakistan's unjust legal system.
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 May 31, 2012 9:49 AM

Bhatti Murder Case in Pakistan Increasingly Murky
The investigation into the murder of Pakistan’s only cabinet-level Christian, Shahbaz Bhatti, is now mired in suspicions of a possible cover-up. Bhatti, murdered March 2, 2011, was an outspoken critic of the country’s widely condemned “blasphemy” laws.
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 May 24, 2012 3:17 AM

Life Sentences for ‘Blasphemy’ in Pakistan Overturned
Great News from Pakistan! A court acquitted a Christian couple of “blasphemy” charges overturning their life sentences because prosecutors failed to prove allegations that 32-year-old Munir Masih and his wife Ruqayya defiled the Quran or insulted Muhammad.
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 April 24, 2012 4:01 AM

Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy Charge in Pakistan: A Pakistani Christian, falsely charged with “blasphemy” after rescuing his 8-year-old nephew from a beating at the hands of Muslim boys, has been cleared of the charge. Dildar Masih, a 27-year-old father of two young children, was acquitted on March 26 after prosecutors failed to produce any evidence against him.  Masih said that during his imprisonment, he stood by his faith that Jesus would free him from the false charge and that he would be able to return to his family. “About 13 people are currently imprisoned in Multan Central Jail under blasphemy charges,” he said. “I was the only Christian, and probably the only one to have been able to return home in less than a year.” Read more>> 

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 October 26, 2011 7:37 AM

Pakistani Woman Condemned of Blasphemy Allegedly Beaten in Prison: A female prison officer assigned to provide security for a Christian mother of five, who was sentenced to death on “blasphemy” charges, allegedly beat her earlier this month. Sources in Pakistan’s Sheikhupura District Jail said Asia Noreen, also known as Asia Bibi, was beaten on Oct. 5 by a prison officer identified only as Khadeeja, allegedly because of the Muslim officer’s anti-Christian bias, while other staff members deployed for her security looked on in silence. Full Story>>

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 October 24, 2011 6:30 AM

Update - Imprisoned Pakistani Mother Allegedly Beaten
A female prison officer assigned to provide security for Asia Noreen Bibi beat her while other staff members looked on in silence. Asia Bibi is now being kept in a special high-security cell due to serious threats on her life.
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 July 04, 2011 8:38 AM

Persecution in Pakistan: Pakistan continues to be the setting of numerous violations of religious freedom. This month, police kidnapped and tortured the sister of a Christian man who had eloped with a Muslim woman. The kidnappers tortured the young girl to get her to reveal the location of the legal team who was helping her family. Last week, ten Christian families fled their homes in a village in Punjab Province after local Muslims falsely accused a Christian of blaspheming Islam. Read more>>

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 July 01, 2011 5:05 AM

Persecution in Pakistan: Pakistan continues to be the setting of numerous violations of religious freedom. This month, police kidnapped and tortured the sister of a Christian man who had eloped with a Muslim woman. The kidnappers tortured the young girl to get her to reveal the location of the legal team who was helping her family. Last week, ten Christian families fled their homes in a village in Punjab Province after local Muslims falsely accused a Christian of blaspheming Islam. Read more>> 


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 June 23, 2011 4:04 AM

Police in Pakistan torture the sister of a Christian who eloped [PRAY]

Police in Pakistan torture the sister of a Christian who eloped

Early in May, an influential Muslim family in a village about 25 hours north of Lahore invaded the home of Sajid Ashraf Masih. Sajid, a Christian, and his wife Saleha, a Muslim, had fled their village and eloped. In order to find the couple's whereabouts, several of Sajid's family members were kidnapped and beaten.


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 June 16, 2011 5:18 AM

Police in Pakistan Torture Sister of Christian Who Eloped
Update On May 26th we prayed for a Christian family who had several members kidnapped, including two daughters and an uncle, after a Christian family member eloped with a girl from a powerful Muslim family. The Christian family sought justice only to have the local police assist the Muslim family in finding the couple's whereabouts.
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 April 07, 2011 4:54 AM

Paul Bhatti, Brother of Slain Pakistani Minister for Minorities, Takes on Brother's Work
Following in his brothers' footsteps, Paul Bhatti, the newly named "special adviser" to the Prime Minister, hopes bring justice to minorities in Pakistan.
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 April 01, 2011 6:42 PM

Persecution, April 2011

Dear Donna Matthews,

The past thirty days have been days of highs and lows. After eight months of hard work in which we played a key role, Said Musa was released from prison in Afghanistan. Our work was noted in articles by the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Fox News, Christianity Today and many others. Obviously a high!

Then on March 2, I was told that Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's Federal Minister for Minorities, had been assassinated. Shahbaz had been a key friend of ICC. Before he was a bigwig, we had brought him to D.C. many times to talk to Congress and the
State Department about persecution in Pakistan. I had known for years (as did he) that the Islamists would catch up with him eventually. Still, when the news came, it came with tears.

Yet, any pain we feel here in the West pales in comparison to the reality of the suffering of the actual persecuted. Read this quote from our article on China:

[Secret] police beat my mother, tearing her clothing and calling her a beast. Police beat me too; I was twelve years old. They arrested my father and charged him with inciting subversion. My mother tried to protect me from knowing what happened. But I knew enough. I knew that when my father came home to serve his suspended sentence, his skin had turned black. I knew that my father couldn't get out of bed in the morning without my mother's help. And I knew that my father was scared.

Chilling, isn't it? We can't even relate to it.

You know, many times we cannot prevent acts of persecution, but we can help heal the physical and spiritual wounds left behind. This is work that is close to the Lord's heart.

Can I ask you to get involved in work that God loves? Would you please give generously so that we can fight for, shout for and bandage the persecuted? We will use your entrusted gifts efficiently and effectively.

I promise,

Jeff King

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 March 30, 2011 4:22 AM

PAKISTAN CAMPAIGN: Two Pakistani leaders, both of which were critical of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, have been assassinated since the beginning of this year: Salman Taseer, Governor of the Punjab province, and Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minority Affairs. Bhatti was Pakistan’s highest-ranking Christian. After these two deaths, Open Doors decided it was necessary to run a campaign focused on religious liberty in Pakistan. Christians in Pakistan have become very discouraged after these latest setbacks in religious liberty, so we hope that you will take a moment to send a message of sympathy to the Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. and request the active protection of Christians in the country.   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 30, 2011 4:17 AM

PAKISTAN CAMPAIGN: Two Pakistani leaders, both of which were critical of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, have been assassinated since the beginning of this year: Salman Taseer, Governor of the Punjab province, and Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minority Affairs. Bhatti was Pakistan’s highest-ranking Christian. After these two deaths, Open Doors decided it was necessary to run a campaign focused on religious liberty in Pakistan. Christians in Pakistan have become very discouraged after these latest setbacks in religious liberty, so we hope that you will take a moment to send a message  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 15, 2011 2:45 PM

Dear Donna,

Pakistan has suffered the loss of two of its greatest champions of religious freedom recently. Christians in Pakistan have become very discouraged. That's why we're asking you to take a momen to send a message of sympathy to the Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S., and a request to protect the Christian minority in the country.

The Governor of Punjab, Mr. Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated by one of his own bodyguards on January 4, 2011 in Islamabad. He was killed for voicing his support for Asia Noreen, a woman who has been sentenced to death for her alleged breaking of Pakistan's strict anti-blasphemy laws.

Less than two months later, suspected Islamic extremists murdered Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's Minister of Minorities, for his outspoken opposition to those anti-blasphemy laws. Bhatti was the only Christian in the Pakistani Cabinet, and was a determined advocate for Pakistan's minorities.

Islamic fundamentalist groups had threatened Taseer and Bhatti for comments they made on the need to reform Pakistan's blasphemy laws. They both knew they were on a hit list, yet were unwilling to stop advocating for religious freedom for all Pakistanis.

Our main objective is to express our compassion and prayer for Pakistan. Messages that could be perceived as attacking the Pakistani government will likely cause harm to Christians in Pakistan. Therefore, there are specific guidelines that you must follow if you choose to edit the sample letter before sending it to Pakistani Embassy. If you are not willing to abide by these guidelines, then we ask you to forgo this way of communicating your compassion and prayer. Please…

  • Do not mention Open Doors in your message

  • Do not discuss Pakistan's Blasphemy Law in your message

  • Do not criticize Islam in your message

  • Do not sound antagonistic, use respectful language

Thank you for understanding the need for additional caution in this campaign and THANK YOU for taking action to express your love and support for suffering Christians in Pakistan. Please send a message to Pakistani Ambassador Haqqani today!

Advocating with you,

Lindsay Vessey
Advocacy Director
Open Doors USA


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 March 11, 2011 8:06 AM

We invite you, as part of the worldwide Church to reach out and minister to the grieving family of Bhatti.
To demonstrate that the Western Church acknowledges Christians in Pakistan as members of their family--that Pakistani Christians are not alone--and to communicate that the stand and sacrifice of the cabinet minister has not gone unnoticed, we invite you to write a letter of encouragement, poem, note, or prayer to his grieving family

Please make sure to read our letter writing guide before you send your letter of encouragement to us.
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 January 27, 2011 3:04 PM

January 27th, 2011

Dear Donna,

"If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand." Psalm 37: 23-24

Jailed Pakistani Mother Living in Constant Fear, Husband Says
Asia Noreen, sentenced to death on "blasphemy" charges, has lived in constant fear since the killing of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer. "She knows the Muslims have announced a prize on her head and would go to any lengths to kill her," Noreen's husband, Ashiq Masih, told Compass. Masih said his wife is "very afraid."
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 December 16, 2010 6:22 AM

Rev. Wilson Augustine, 26, is recovering from burns after six young Muslim men beat him with clubs and belts and set him on fire last month. Area Christians said they found the evangelist unconscious with burns on his head, hand and arm at a nearby bus stop.
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 November 23, 2010 7:26 PM

Pakistan is a country in crisis. While the reports of the devastating monsoon floods fade from our headlines, the relief and reconstruction effort is still in its early days.

The task is overwhelming. Since the floodwaters inundated the country in early August, over 20 million people have been affectedthat’s more than the total number of those hit by the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean and the Haiti earthquake put together. One-fifth of the country’s agricultural land has been covered by the floodwaters, which have left over 5,000 miles of road and rail, together with 1,000 bridges, destroyed in their wake.

Now, three months later, millions of people are still homeless, living in makeshift shelters and facing a daily struggle to survive in the face of malnutrition and disease.

Desperate plight
While the scale of the disaster is truly shocking, the story you won’t hear in the media is the desperate plight of Christians living in the flood-ravaged regions. Christians in Pakistan are used to living as second-class citizensbut in the aftermath of the flooding, the discrimination against believers is more acute than ever. In fact, the situation is so dire that pastors across the country have issued an emergency call for help. 

Christians neglected
Daniel, an Open Doors co-worker, recently traveled to the flood-hit regions of Pakistan. "Of course I had heard the stories about Christians being neglected during the relief operations," says Daniel. "But in the first village I visited, I was shocked by this harsh reality."

"The village was still under water, the people camped on higher ground," Daniel continues. "The Muslims there had strong, solid tents. But the Christianswho were on their own a few hundred meters down the roadhad only improvised shelters made from branches and leaves. The local Christian leader told me that the believers were passed over when Islamic aid came to the village. All they got were leftovers," he says. "However, when a local church brought supplies to the Christians, they had to share with the whole village."

"According to the pastors who spoke to me," says Daniel, "this situation is the sad reality in many flood-hit areas."

Fearful of attacks
Not only are Christians being sidelined in the aid effort, they are also fearful of threats and attacks from Muslim extremists. Believers in some areas have been told to vacate their region or convert to Islam. "The Christians say that the Taliban is very active," says Daniel. "There is always a risk that aid workers will be attackedespecially foreigners or Christians."

Reaching those most in need
Despite the risks, Open Doors is working with our partner organizations in Pakistan to help Christian families most at risk in the aftermath of the floods. Through your support, we continue to provide help to those most in need.

Your gift to Open Doors will be the answer to the prayers of Christian families most in need today. Your prayers are essential, too.

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A Christian pastor was beaten and left for dead in the Pakistani village of Sanda Chistana.

Pastor Patras Sani was riding his motorcycle when he was hit in the face with a wooden rod by a group of three Muslims. Pastor Sana was thrown from his bike and the Muslims continued to beat him until he lost consciousness. They then stole 3700 Pakistani Rupees (approx. $43) and left him for dead.

By the Grace of God, passersby found Sani and rushed him to the hospital.

"Even though we are beaten by radicals and we are persecuted by Muslims, we shouldn't stop preaching the Word of God," Sani says.

"I am not afraid of persecution and I will continue to preach the Word of God. Many Muslims come to our meetings and receive healing and God is setting many hearts free."

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 October 23, 2010 11:44 AM

A Christian pastor was beaten and left for dead in the Pakistani village of Sanda Chistana.

Pastor Patras Sani was riding his motorcycle when he was hit in the face with a wooden rod by a group of three Muslims. Pastor Sana was thrown from his bike and the Muslims continued to beat him until he lost consciousness. They then stole 3700 Pakistani Rupees (approx. $43) and left him for dead.

By the Grace of God, passersby found Sani and rushed him to the hospital.

"Even though we are beaten by radicals and we are persecuted by Muslims, we shouldn't stop preaching the Word of God," Sani says.

"I am not afraid of persecution and I will continue to preach the Word of God. Many Muslims come to our meetings and receive healing and God is setting many hearts free."

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 July 01, 2010 7:23 PM

July 1, 2010

Dear Donna

But the Lord God helps me, therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. Isaiah 50:7

Christian Professor in Pakistan Beaten for Refusing to Convert

The morning of June 14th, upon exiting his house on campus, Professor Samuel John was attacked and beaten by a mob of 20 to 25 Muslim students. When his wife realized what was happening, she ran to help him, but the students beat her as well. Both John and his wife were rushed to the hospital, with his injuries listed as critical. John later reported the matter to the dean of the Peshawar University College, but the official was unable to take any action because the Islamic student council is supported by political parties and powerful Islamic groups.

John, who is a father of four and has been teaching psychology for 12 years, has subsequently faced various forms of harassment from different Islamic student groups who have thrown stones at his home, sent threatening letters, and have threatened his family over the phone. “I am still getting threats,” the professor told Compass. “They say, ‘Leave the university or accept Islam if you don’t convert, we will kill your family.”

Father, we lift up Samuel John and his family to You, and ask that You would protect and encourage them as they face this awful persecution on the university campus. We pray for peace amongst the student groups, and for Pakistani Christians to continue to stand firm in their faith even in the face of opposition.

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 June 30, 2010 6:35 PM

Abduction and Forced Islamization 

Shah Taj, a fourteen-year-old Christian girl from Lahore, Pakistan, was on her way to school last year when a vehicle occupied by three men pulled up beside her. Grabbing her, they threw her in and sped off. As frightening as this may seem, the ordeal of the victim had just begun.
(Picture is not Shah Taj, but another of the many Christian girls who are abducted in the Middle East.)
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 March 31, 2010 11:27 AM

March 31, 2010

Dear Donna 

Christian Woman Jailed under Pakistan’s ‘Blasphemy’ Laws

Last week in Alipur, Pakistan, police arrested a Christian woman named Rubina Bibi on the baseless accusation of making a derogatory remark about the Islamic prophet Muhammad. A reliable police source told Compass News, on condition of anonymity, that Bibi was accused of blasphemy by a Muslim relative, who allegedly turned a minor quarrel into a religious issue. The charge comes under Section 295-C of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which have gained international notoriety for their misuse by Muslims to settle personal grudges. With the charge, Bibi could be sentenced to death or life imprisonment with a large fine.

Father, we cry out to You for the life of Rubina Bibi. We ask that You would comfort her as she sits in prison, and that by Your grace, she would be set free of all accusations and charges against her. Please give the Christians in Pakistan wisdom and discernment as they hold fast to the Word of life and press on toward the goal in Jesus Christ.

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 February 24, 2010 2:36 PM

Dear Donna 

Pakistani Christian Beaten for Refusing to Convert to Islam

Riaz Masih’s Christian parents died when he was just a young boy. Although raised by a Muslim cleric, he never converted to Islam. His continual refusal to convert infuriated his four older Muslim brothers, and after ransacking his house on Feb 8, they beat him unconscious.

"They threatened…that I must convert right now or face death," Masih said. "They said killing an infidel is not a sin, instead it’s righteousness in the sight of Allah almighty." According to Compass News Masih said that Akram-Ullah, the Muslim cleric, and his brothers offered him 1 million rupees (US$11,790), a spacious residence and a woman of his choice to marry in order to lure him to Islam, but he declined.

Father we praise our brother Raiz for his courage to withstand the threats on his life and stay steadfast in his love for You. We ask that You cover him with Your divine protection against any future attacks and that his witness will bring honor and glory to You. We pray for softening of the hearts of Riaz’s brothers so that they too can call You Lord!

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 February 03, 2010 6:26 PM

Christian shopkeeper Imran Masih, last July, was falsely accused of desecrating the Quran. Compass Direct reports that a neighboring shopkeeper accused Masih of tearing out pages of the Quran and burning them. Masih explained to investigators that the papers were a heap of old records he had gathered while cleaning his store. Family members said that the neighboring shopkeeper had fabricated the blasphemy case against him because of a business dispute. Sadly, two weeks ago, 22 year-old Masih was sentenced to a life term in prison and fined more than $1,000.

Father, our hearts break over this conviction. Encourage him, strengthen him. Bring about justice. While others mean it for harm, we call on You to work it out for the good both of Masih and Your church in Pakistan.

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 December 23, 2009 2:09 PM

December 23, 2009

Dear Donna

Pakistani Christians Released

After 14 torturous months in prison, Gulsher Masih and his daughter Ashyana Gulsher (known as Sandal), from the Faisalabad District of Pakistan, were released from prison.  According to information from Compass Direct News, Sandal (20) was falsely accused in 2008 of burning a copy of the Quran and the two were charged with blasphemy.  Once arrested there were delays as judges in the trials asked for witnesses.   A few Muslims gave statements but they gave conflicting reports of the incident.   In addition, each time witnesses were requested, the case was transferred to a new judge, delaying the trails.  Finally, their attorney Khalil Tahir was able to submit clear proof during cross-examination of witnesses that the charges were false.  The presiding judge then dropped all charges and ordered their release.

Father, week after week we hear of those who are suffering for their faith.  But today we give You praise for this glimpse of Your work.  Thank You for Your mercy upon Masih and Sandal.  Continue to protect them and give them favor with friends and neighbors that Your Word might bear much fruit in Pakistan.

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 December 02, 2009 1:19 PM

Pakistani Christian on the Run

Jehanzaib Asher, 22, was living a peaceful life with his Muslim neighbors.  Taliban militants however persistently tried to convert him to Islam.  Finally, last February, Asher could no longer remain silent and defended his faith by citing verses from the Bible, while being careful not to comment on Islam. Nevertheless, he was badly beaten.
Later, these militants began spreading false reports that he and his cousin had blasphemed Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. According to Compass News Asher’s picture is posted at check-points through-out Pakistan in an attempt to help the Taliban and other Islamists identify and kill him.  Asher is now on the run and hiding as they seek to find him and take his life.

Father, we thank you for Asher’s faithfulness and pray that the Scripture he spoke that day will take root in the hearts of the attackers and the on-lookers. May they see You in him and believe.  And may Your hand of protection be upon him and his family.

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 November 25, 2009 9:21 PM

A blaze at St. Danny's Boarding & Girls' High School in Murree, Pakistan has left the town's Christians with no educational institution for their daughters.

Bishop Alexander John Malik, of the Church of Pakistan, said that the school was "set ablaze under mysterious circumstances and reduced to ashes" November 3. No injuries were reported.

He also condemned local authorities for failing to put out the fire before the complete destruction of the school. "Their equipments and fire extinguishing engines failed and therefore rescuers and fire fighters from the capital Islamabad and Rawalpindi were called-in, to help the Murree Fire Brigade Department," he said.

Pakistan's Christian Federal Minister for Minorities,  Shahbaz Bhatti, condemned what he called the "sad episode of uncontrolled burning of the Christian school" and stating that "no fire fighters reached there timely to save the property of the Christians."

He was angered and saddened by authorities and the media who "mocked, persecuted and discriminated the vulnerable and hapless Christians in St. Danny's School."

Police had no immediate comment about the attack and no group has yet claimed responsibility.
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 November 12, 2009 8:14 PM

Pakistan - After seven Christians were burned alive in Gojra, Punjab Province, extremist groups have attempted to provoke further attacks against Christians there by leaving torn pages of the Quran at a church.
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 October 29, 2009 5:06 PM

October 29, 2009

Dear Friend,

Christian Men Jailed in Pakistan

Compass Direct News reports that two Christian brothers, Naveed Masih and Nauman Masih, were arrested in early September in Pakistan.  Their crime?  Firing warning shots as an Islamist mob approached, a charge both brothers deny. This mob burned seven Christians to death and destroyed at least 50 homes on August 1 after they were whipped into a frenzy by local imams and banned terrorist groups acting on an unsubstantiated rumor of “blasphemy” of the Quran.  These Christian brothers gave shelter to 300 people on the day of the attack.  Nauman has been released on bail, but from his cell, Naveed told Compass about the starvation and beatings both brothers received in a police effort to obtain admissions of firing weapons and having links with terrorist organizations.  “They beat me with cane sticks on the back of my hands and sometimes hung me upside down and then brutally beat me,” reported Naveed.  

Thank you, Father, for the compassion these men have had in caring for their Christian brothers and sisters.  Protect them.  Bring about justice.  Encourage them with your Presence and the knowledge of our prayers on their behalf.

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 September 09, 2009 2:06 PM

Dear Donna,

Christians in Pakistan Fear Further Firestorms 

In the wake of Islamists setting fires that killed at least seven people in Gojra last month, the latest of several attempts to provoke further attacks on Christians took place in a village last Friday, September 4, when unidentified men tore pages of the Quran and left them at the Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church and on a nearby road.

Salmoon Ejaz, the pastor of the church where the pages were found, told Compass News that Muslim women, on their way to glean cotton early in the morning, had found the torn pages of the Quran. They took the pages to local Muslim clerics, who in turn took them to the police. Pastor Ejaz said the clerics came to Christian leaders and told them that Christians were not suspected of tearing the pages, and that both Muslims and Christians should be vigilant and try to find the culprit(s).  
Cooperation among police, Muslim and Christian leaders helped cool tensions in this attack.  The Superintendent of Police said 50 policemen had been stationed in the area to prevent potential conflicts and would remain there until rumors died down.  “The situation is calm, and we have no fear from the local Muslims, but the real threat is from a nearby madrassa,” said Pastor Ejaz.  “Even in Gojra the local Muslims had not attacked, but outsiders were the assailants, and that is the reason we are still frightened.”

Christians in the area have deliberated whether to arm themselves so they can defend themselves against further attacks.  One Christian who fired into the air as an Islamist throng attacked last month, has been credited with reducing the number of casualties and damages.    

Father we pray for the witness of these Christians in Pakistan, so that everyone in their communities, whether filled with love or hate, will see testimony to the power, authority, and forgiveness found only through a saving relationship with you.     

Today, September 9, marks the nineteenth day of Ramadan, one of the holiest seasons for Muslims.  As Muslims fast, pray and seek God during Ramadan, pray that God will reveal His promises of love, peace, and eternal salvation and will remove the blindness and darkness that surrounds them.  Please use the Ramadan Prayer calendar as we pray for the countries listed on the Open Doors World Watch list where persecution of Christians is most severe.

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 September 03, 2009 10:16 PM

Christians attacked in Pakistan; VOM staff providing help

The Voice of the Martyrs


Christians were forced to flee for their livesDear VOM Friends:

It was just a rumor. But among the radical Muslims in Pakistan's Gojra village, a rumor was enough of an excuse to kill.

When the rumor was broadcast from the loudspeakers on the minarets of local mosques, it became fact. As part of a wedding ceremony, the loudspeaker shouted, Christians tore pages from a Quran. Then they compounded the disrespect by walking on the shredded pages.

"Defend Islam!" The loudspeaker called. Muslims answered, rampaging through a Christian section of Gojra on Aug. 1. Eight Christians were killed, including women and children. More than 100 Christian homes were burned by a mob. The mob, which was estimated to be more than 20,000 people, also burned a church.

Five Hours Without Help

Emergency personnel did not reach Gojra for more than five hours. Christians were forced to use vegetable carts to move their dead and wounded to the hospital.

Responding to an international outcry, Pakistani government officials have now said no Quran was desecrated. The government promised to help rebuild the burned homes of Christian families.

Even before the government acted, contacts of The Voice of the Martyrs were in Gojra, offering comfort to the wounded and praying with the families of the dead. They continue to aid the village, including helping with some medical expenses, offering encouragement and pressing for a forceful government response.

Among the items burned in the attack were Bibles and other Christian materialsPray Blasphemy Laws Are Overturned

Christians in Pakistan hope these attacks can be a turning point. They are praying to God and pressing their government to overturn unjust blasphemy laws that are often a pretext to attack Christians.

They are also asking us to pray with them. Pray for Christians in Pakistan to be bold witnesses for Christ, despite threats. Pray for those wounded and left homeless by the brutal Gojra attacks. Pray for Muslims to come to know Jesus Christ in a personal way.


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For just $7 you can send an Action Pack to a Christian in Pakistan. If you would like to request and fill an Action Pack bag for Pakistan, you can do so by CLICKING HERE. We will deliver Action Packs to Gojra village in the coming months to help Christians rebuild their lives.

Please pray today for our Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan. For the latest news on persecution of Christians in Pakistan and other restricted nations, visit VOM's online newsroom.

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 August 05, 2009 8:26 PM

August 5, 2009

Dear Donna,

Following an accusation of “blasphemy” of the Quran, Islamic extremists set ablaze more than 50 houses and a church in the town of Gojra in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, August 1.  At least 14 Christians died in the attacks.  The dead include women and children, with several other burn victims unable to reach hospitals for medical care, according to the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS). 

Clerics at local mosques broadcasted messages that those “who love Muhammad and Islam should gather with them to defend the Islam because it is in danger,” according to CLAAS and reported by Compass.  As the crowd size grew, the attacks intensified.  The Islamists managed to block main roads and railways to keep fire brigades from fighting the house fires.   Authorities, in an effort to keep more Muslims extremists from entering from neighboring villages, blocked the roads into Gojra.   Another six people died when Islamists shot at police and the police responded in return with tear gas and gunfire.

The same rumor of desecration of the Quran prompted an arson assault by Islamic extremists on the village of Korian last Thursday.  At least 60 houses were gutted in that attack.  Punjab Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah reportedly said an initial investigation of allegations of the Quran being blasphemed indicated “there has not been any incident of desecration.”  Pakistan is ranked No. 13 on the 2009 Open Doors World Watch List of 50 countries which are the worst persecutors of Christians.

Father we pray for the victims of these heinous and violent crimes, asking for Your peace that passes all understanding to dwell in their hearts and homes.  We bring before You the families enduring the loss of a loved one. Father, please replace their pain with love and forgiveness. We trust to You their comfort and ask that You empower believers in Pakistan to stand strong in their faith in You.

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

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July 8, 2009


Pakistan Cleric Uses Mosque Loudspeaker to Call an Attack on Christians  

Claiming a Christian field worker had blasphemed Islam when he asked a Muslim to let him pass, an Islamic cleric ordered an attack on Christians which resulted in more than 500 Muslims ransacking and looting at least 110 houses.

Sardar Masih told Compass News that the incident began on June 30 when he and his 10-year-old son were returning from the fields on a tractor. “When we entered the village, Muhammad Hussein and his nephew had parked their motorbike in the middle of the road,” Masih said. “I requested them to get it aside, and Hussein said that he did not know how a ‘sweeper’ [a derogatory term designating lower-class Christians] could order him.”

Chanan Masih, Sardar’s father, said, “We thought that it was just an ordinary clash and would settle down with the passage of time, but they not only came [to our home] and attacked us, they then did havoc to all Christian families.”

On the day of ‘the call to attack,’ most of the Christian men were away harvesting or selling crops at the Lahore Vegetable Market leaving many homes defenseless.  The Muslim mobs entered homes where mostly women and children were present and in some instances beat the women, local Christians said. 

Muslim Leaders Appalled

Muslim leaders told Compass News that the culprits must be brought to justice. “I am born in a Muslim family, but today I am feeling bad because of what my fellow Muslims have done,” said Chaudhry Ahmed Ali Tohlu, a government leader.  Since the attack, Deputy Mayor Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto made a public announcement on the mosque loudspeaker that the violence was shameful.  Area Christians, however, said they remained fearful.   

Father, we thank you for the Muslim leaders who were willing to stand for the rights of our brothers and sisters in Pakistan. We join in prayer asking for complete restoration of any damage done both physically and emotionally and asking that You calm the hearts of the Pakistani Christians; that Your perfect love drive away all their fears.      

Praying together,

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 June 11, 2009 8:44 PM

June 11, 2009 Helping kids in Pakistan

Fighting in Pakistan between the army and Taliban militants continues. Thousands have lost their homes, their farms and livelihoods — but those who've lost the most may well be the children who've had to flee everything they've ever known.

Mercy Corps is organizing sports and social activities for 4,000 displaced children at schools-turned-displacement-camps. That's helping them get back to the business of being kids and alleviating some of the stress caused by living in cramped, unfamiliar places.

Your gift to Mercy Corps will help us respond to the needs of children fleeing violence in Pakistan and around the world.

Each of the 4,000 children receives an activity kit that includes a backpack, crayons and paper. We're also giving each of the 10 schools money to purchase additional materials such as puzzles, sports equipment and art supplies.

Reaching out to children in need isn't new for Mercy Corps. We deployed our "Moving Forward" program after earthquakes in China and Peru, using sports, local games and dance to help alleviate the grief and trauma children suffer as a result of natural disaster and conflict.

Please help us expand our emergency efforts in Pakistan and in other communities in need around the world.

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anonymous  May 28, 2009 2:50 PM

Humanitarian crisis in Pakistan grows

Some 18,000 families a day are fleeing the conflict between government forces and Taliban militants, according to the UN — fanning fears of the biggest civilian exodus since the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s. More than 2.4 million have fled their homes this month.

Mercy Corps is helping thousands of affected families who lack sufficient food, bedding and medicine by providing cash vouchers to meet their essential needs.

Your gift to Mercy Corps will help us respond to families fleeing violence in Pakistan and around the world.

Yesterday, seven members of our response team distributed cash vouchers to 125 families taking refuge in the district of Mardan. Over the next four months, Mercy Corps will deliver vouchers to 20,000 affected families. The vouchers are redeemable for a $45 check that can be cashed at numerous local banks.

These cash transfers will help displaced families and their hosts get what they need quickly to meet their wide-ranging and disparate needs. Most left their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and are taking refuge in impoverished communities whose own resources are being stretched dangerously thin.

We're also taking steps to help some of the estimated 70,000 pregnant women who've been displaced by the current fighting. We plan to set up a number of birthing stations in Mardan to help deliver babies and provide post-natal support to mothers.

Please help us expand our emergency efforts in Pakistan and in other communities in need around the world.

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anonymous  May 28, 2009 2:46 PM

IN MUSLIM CULTURE, HONOR KILLINGS NOT OUT OF DATE: Pakistani vocalist Ayman Udas had just had her first major television appearance. The beautiful and talented singer had risen to fame over songs sung in her native Pashto language, songs that speak of love, courage and death. But it seemed that the disapproval of her conservative Islamic family was growing at the rate of her popularity in Peshawar’s artistic society. Full Story>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  May 15, 2009 8:23 PM

Dear friends,

The situation on the ground is getting worse by the minute. Nearly 1 million people have fled the fighting between the Army and Taliban militants in the last two weeks. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees yesterday said "a massive international aid effort" is needed — now.

Mercy Corps is already helping families uprooted by violence. And your support can help us do more.

In the past few days, our 11-person response team has distributed more than 800 emergency supply kits to families sheltered in schools. These bags of blankets, soap, mosquito nets and other necessities were the first relief items received by these families, most of whom left their homes carrying only the clothes on their backs.

Today, waves of arrivals are overwhelming settlements that have sprung up in stadiums, flour mills, parks and other sites. Sanitation is poor. Health problems are on the rise. And temperatures are climbing, regularly exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Your gift to Mercy Corps will help us respond to humanitarian needs in Pakistan and around the world.

On behalf of the families we're helping here in Pakistan, thank you.

Diane Johnson
Regional Program Director, South Asia

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MARDAN, Pakistan – Pakistani commandos dropped from helicopters behind Taliban lines in the Swat Valley on Tuesday in a widening offensive that the military said has pushed the number fleeing fighting in the northwest to 1.3 million.

Farther south, a suspected U.S. missile attack flattened a house and killed at least eight people in another militant stronghold near the Afghan border.

Choppers inserted troops on "search and destroy" missions into the remote Piochar area in the upper reaches of the Swat Valley, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said.

Officials have identified Piochar as the rear-base of an estimated 4,000 Taliban militants. It is seen as a possible hiding place of Swat Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah.

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May 11, 2009 Blankets, mosquito nets rushed to families in Pakistan Mercy CorpsFamilies flee conflict
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Mercy Corps is rushing two truckloads of aid materials — including mosquito nets, soap and blankets — to more than 1,000 families who've been displaced by fighting in Pakistan's Swat Valley.

Intensified fighting between the Pakistan Army and Taliban militants has forced more than 360,000 people from their homes in the last few days. The vast majority are women and children.

Your donation to Mercy Corps allows us to respond quickly and effectively in Pakistan and to other humanitarian emergencies around the world.

Hundreds of thousands more are expected to flee their homes in the coming week. The UN warned today of "a protracted displacement crisis."

Mercy Corps has assembled a nine-member emergency response team in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, with two more relief workers en route from Afghanistan and Portland.

Read the latest on our response ›

Hours from now, our team will begin distributing 1,155 emergency-supply kits at a vocational training school in Mardan, one of the primary gathering points for displaced families. The kits contain blankets, feminine hygiene supplies, soap, towels, mosquito repellent and mosquito nets.

An estimated 75 percent of the displaced population are taking refuge in existing villages rather than tent camps. Our ongoing efforts will focus on immediate needs of families in communities overwhelmed by this influx, including ensuring they have access to cooking facilities, clean water and sanitary housing.

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Mercy Corps is dispatching a team to assist some of the estimated 500,000 Pakistanis who are fleeing their homes as a result of intensifying conflict between government forces and Taliban militants.

A "massive displacement" is underway in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, the UN says, with families pouring into camps carrying "little more than the clothes on their backs."

Your donation to Mercy Corps allows us to respond quickly and effectively in Pakistan and to other humanitarian emergencies around the world.

The need for food, water and shelter are growing by the day. Up to 200,000 Pakistanis have fled their homes in recent days. Another 300,000 are expected to leave soon, swelling the number of displaced since last August to more than one million people.

Pakistan's prime minister has appealed for international assistance for the growing crisis. A Mercy Corps assessment team leaves Islamabad this weekend to determine where the needs are greatest and start helping immediately.

Mercy Corps has worked in Pakistan since 1986. We're supporting the fight against Pakistan's tuberculosis epidemic by providing treatment and training to hundreds of health clinics, improving the health of mothers and their newborns, and leading economic-recovery efforts in communities affected by the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.

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The mayor of Mardan, the main district to the south of the fighting, said an estimated 250,000 people had fled in recent days and that more were on the move. Of those, 4,500 were staying in camps, while the rest were with relatives or rented accommodation, he said.

Pakistani officials have said up to 500,000 are expected leave. The exodus from Swat adds to the more than 500,000 already displaced by fighting elsewhere in Pakistan's volatile border region with Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Ron Redmond, said Friday in Geneva that up to 200,000 people have arrived in safe areas in the past few days and that another 300,000 are on the move or are about to flee.

Military operations are taking place in three districts that stretch over some 400 square miles (1,000 square kilometers). Much of the fighting has been in the Swat Valley's main city of Mingora, a militant hub that was home to around 360,000 people before the insurgency two years ago.

Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said Friday that 140 militants had been killed in the last 24 hours, adding to around 150 already reported slain. He did give any figures for civilian deaths, but witness and local media say that noncombatants have been killed.

Tens of thousands of people remain trapped in Mingora. Some have said the Taliban are not allowing them to leave, perhaps because they want to use them as "human shields" and make the army unwilling to use force.

"We want to leave the city, but we cannot go out because of the fighting," said one resident, Hidayat Ullah. "We will be killed, our children will be killed, our women will be killed and these Taliban will escape."

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MINGORA, Pakistan – Pakistani jets screamed over a Taliban-controlled town Friday and bombed suspected militant positions as hundreds of thousands fled in terror and other trapped residents appealed for a pause in the fighting so they could escape.

The U.N. said half a million people have either already left or are trying to flee the bombings in the northwestern Swat Valley area that followed strong U.S. pressure on nuclear-armed Pakistan to fight back against militants advancing toward the capital as a now-defunct peace deal crumbled.

Pakistan has launched at least a dozen operations in the border region in recent years, but most ended inconclusively and after massive destruction and significant civilian deaths. It remains a haven for al-Qaida and Taliban militants, foreign governments say.

To end one of those protracted offensives, the government signed a peace accord in Swat that provided for Islamic law in the region. But that deal began unraveling last month when Swat Taliban fighters moved into Buner, a neighboring district just 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Islamabad.

Pakistan's prime minister appealed for international assistance late Thursday for the growing refugee crisis and vowed to defeat the militants in the latest operation.

"I appeal to the people of Pakistan to support the government and army at this crucial time," Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said in a television address. "We pledge to eliminate the elements who have destroyed the peace and calm of the nation and wanted to take Pakistan hostage at gunpoint."

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anonymous  May 06, 2009 7:39 PM

Dear sister Donna,

I bring greetings in the name of our Glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Greetings you in the name of Jesus Christ,

How are you I hope you would be fine by lord’s grace what a Sunday it was. Rani who was Hindu she accept Jesus Christ her saviour and redeemer. One Sunday she married with Christian man she left her tribe and people.

Sister we need supporter so must prepare supporter who can give us tithe or offering for the work of the lord

Your Brother ,

Servant of the Lord Victor Sirdar



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anonymous  May 05, 2009 3:28 PM

MINGORA, Pakistan – Black-turbaned Taliban militants seized government buildings, laid mines and fought security forces Tuesday in the Swat Valley, as fear of a major operation led thousands to pack their belongings on their heads and backs, cram aboard buses and flee the northwestern region.

The collapse of a 3-month-old truce with the Taliban means Pakistan will now have to fight to regain control of the Swat Valley, testing the ability of its stretched military and the resolve of civilian leaders who until recently were insisting the insurgents could be partners in peace. The government feared the refugee exodus could reach 500,000.

The developments brought Islamabad's faltering campaign against militancy into sharp focus as President Asif Ali Zardari was preparing for talks Wednesday in Washington with President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on how best to counter an increasingly overlapping spectrum of extremist groups behind surging violence in the neighboring countries.

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Pakistan -
Five Christians charged with blasphemy against Islam
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April 1, 2009 

Dear Donna 

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10(NIV)

Christians Brace for Taliban Rule in Pakistan's Swat Valley

In Pakistan an average of one Christian each month is arrested or murdered.  Attacks on the property of Christians and churches occur almost weekly.  Opening a new church building is nearly impossible.  Discrimination affects all aspects of daily life.   

God of all peace, we bring before You our brothers and sisters in Pakistan.  We trust to You their comfort and ask for the inspiration of your courage to empower believers in Pakistan to stand strong in their faith in You.  In weakness, make them strong in You. 

Listed #13 on Open Doors World Watch List as one of the top most persecuted countries, Pakistan recently turned the lush Swat Valley into a Taliban stronghold ruled by (Islamic) sharia law.  Although the Taliban has made promises of peace, the Christian community has doubts the Muslim extremists will follow through.  An estimated 500 Christians live and work in the Swat Valley located just 100 miles from the capital city Islamabad, Compass News reports.   

May Your law reign, Lord of heaven and earth, in the hearts of all men.  May Your Spirit bring light to dark places, redemption to the Taliban in Swat Valley.  

The only church in Swat has been renting space for nearly 100 years because the government has refused to give permission to buy land to build a church building.  With the destruction of more than 200 girls schools in the Swat Valley, all Christian families migrated to nearby districts in the past year.   Most Christian families have returned to their homes still reluctant to attend church and wary of the possibility of finding normalcy and receiving education for their children.        

In You we have a home, Lord.  May our brothers and sisters in Pakistan seek You in the midst of a place that does not feel like home.  In dry places may You refresh them, in the midst of danger be their refuge.  For Your Son Jesus Christ's sake, Amen.

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This week: A Continued Call to prayer for
our Brothers and Sisters in Egypt and Pakistan.

Pakistan - After 7 months of legal deadlock, lawyers in Pakistan said they have new hope they can restore Saba Masih to her family. Saba, a 13-year-old Christian girl, was kidnapped last year and forced to marry a Muslim. 

Pray that the lawyers can legally maneuver around Pakistani policemen who, according to Compass, have stonewalled attempts to arrest the captors in spite of a Pakistani judge charging them with kidnapping.  Praise God for the judge’s decision to file kidnapping charges. This marks a major shift of momentum in the case where previously the judges have repeatedly sided with the Muslim kidnappers.  Continue to pray for all those involved “Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ” 2 Cor 2:14. 

Saba’s sister Aneela, aged 10, was also kidnapped last year but has since been returned to her family…Glory be to God! 

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Gulsher Masih

Location: Pakistan
Arrested: October 2008

Gulsher Masih is in prison in Pakistan, charged along with his daughter, Sandul Bibi, with violating section 295-B of the Pakistani legal code, the "blasphemy" law. The Voice of the Martyrs contacts report that Sandul found pages of the Quran on the ground picked them up and handed them to her Muslim neighbor. As a result, she and Gulsher were falsely accused of ripping pages from the Quran. On Oct. 9 a large crowd of Muslims attacked Gulsher's home throwing stones and firing guns. They were shouting, "Kill Gulsher and his daughter Sandul."

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anonymous  January 28, 2009 8:31 PM

Pakistani Christians Acquitted in ‘Blasphemy’ Case*

This is a historic victory for Christians in Pakistan … the first victory of its kind, according to Compass Direct News. “This case can set a precedent for future blasphemy cases against Christians,” stated Shahzad Kamran, a case worker for SLMP (Sharing Life Ministries Pakistan).  SLMP advocated for the men through reconciliation meetings with local Islamic leaders.

Nearly two years ago in March of 2007, during a religious holiday celebrating Muhammad’s birthday, Salamat Masih, his son Rashid, Ishfaq, Saba and Dao Masih were arrested and charged with “blasphemy” against Islam. Join us today in thanksgiving for the news of their release.

“This is a wonderful sign that has made history,” said Shahzad Kamran. The Islamic clergymen agreed to issue a fatwa (religious edict) declaring the accused men innocent of blasphemy.  The Muslim witnesses in the case withdrew their testimony and the five Christian men were acquitted.  “The cleric said he would do it because he did not want to bring harm and injustice to the community.”  Read the full story>>

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anonymous  January 22, 2009 8:02 AM

Dear Donna

“I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:4

Young Pakistani Sisters Returned Home*

The ordeal of two teenage Christian sisters in Pakistan is over, but difficult times still loom ahead.  Parvisha Masih, 18, and Sanam Masih, 14, who were kidnapped and assaulted last November, said “We are happy to return to the family, but we are feeling ashamed because there is no respect for us in society now.”  In addition, these young girls face a long legal battle that will inevitably bring them into contact with their captors.  “We feel very afraid, and we are still receiving threats,” Parvisha Masih told Compass Direct News. “I don’t ever want to see those men again.”

According to Javaid, a Pakistani member of parliament based in Karachi, Christian girls from poor families make easy targets, and many cases go undocumented.  High legal fees often make it impossible for poor families to bring a case to court.  On top of this, a biased legal system that favors Muslims over Christians is particularly reluctant to pass judgments that would undermine conversion to Islam.
This is the second known case of its kind in recent months. Saba and Aneela Masih underwent a similar ordeal last July, and although 10-year-old Aneela has been returned to her family, her 13-year-old sister, forced to marry one of the men who kidnapped her, remains with her captors. Read more

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Policeman Tortures, Paralyzes Christian* PAKISTAN - Emanuel Masih of Faisalabad, a father of six and a former street sweeper, is trying to reduce his prison sentence instigated by police officer Omer Draz.  He was tortured  and imprisoned by Draz on trumped-up charges originating from a quarrel between their sons nine years ago. Masih’s health condition has become so fragile that he was temporarily released from prison and sent to a Faisalabad hospital on Sunday, Dec. 20. Emanuel Masih, 43, is now in stable condition, his attorney told Compass Direct News.

Emanuel Masih could be released from prison due to an article in Pakistan’s criminal law that requires proper facilities for an incapacitated person. If they are not available, the prisoner can be released without a court order.  Read more on Masih’s pursuit for an early prison release.
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Location: Pakistan
Arrested: October 2008

Twenty- year-old Sandul Bibi is in prison in Pakistan, charged with violating section 295-B of the Pakistani legal code, the "blasphemy" law. Sandul is falsely accused of ripping pages from the Quran. On Oct. 9 a large crowd of Muslims attacked Christian families at a church, throwing stones and firing guns. They were shouting, "Kill Gulsher and his daughter Sandul." Sandul and her father, Gulsher Masih, were arrested after a mob from the local mosque surrounded their house. Loudspeakers from different mosques broadcast accusations that Christians had disgraced the Quran.

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  Do pray that God continue to use me more for his purpose abundantly wherever he wants.

God bless you.

Your brother

Servant of the Lord Victor Sirdar

Unity In Christ Ministry

C-37 block 5 F.B.Area Gulberg town karachi-75950

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anonymous  November 06, 2008 6:15 AM

An earthquake ravages villages in Pakistan.  Please pray for the people of Pakistan and especially for the Christians, our brothers and sisters!



KAN BANGLA, Pakistan (AFP) – The death toll from a powerful earthquake in southwest Pakistan could climb above 300, officials said Thursday, as rescuers struggled to deliver aid to desperate survivors.

Multiple aftershocks continued to rock impoverished Baluchistan province, creating fresh fears among survivors who prepared to spend a second night in the open in sub-zero temperatures as the cold winter set in.

Some traveled long distances on severely damaged roads to the provincial capital Quetta to plead for tents and emergency supplies as some villages still had not received help more than 36 hours after the quake.

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Dear Donna

10-year-old says Muslim Captors Abused Her and Her Sister, Forcing Them to Convert to Islam*

PAKISTAN - Lawyers plan to renew a custody fight for a 13-year-old Christian girl allegedly coerced into marrying her captor.  New statements from the girl’s 10-year-old sister allege that they were sexually assaulted and forced to convert to Islam after having been kidnapped this past June 26. The plans come after last month’s court ruling that allowed 13-year-old Saba Masih to decide whether to return to her parents or remain with her husband; apparently still terrified from death threats, she chose to remain with her captor. Amjad Ali married Saba Masih shortly after the girls had been kidnapped in June.

In the Sept. 9 ruling, the court ordered the return of her 10-year-old sister, Aneela Masih, to her parents, a move lawyers hail as a rare and significant victory for human rights in Pakistan. According to Compass Direct News, Aneela Masih said that she and her sister were kidnapped when they stopped to buy fruit en route to their uncle’s home. The sisters were taken away by taxi and then raped, she said. Aneela continued to say that they were then tied up and locked in a room before the two were forced to make professions of Islamic faith. Read more about the ongoing legal battle and how the Pakistani girls’ uncle is now receiving death threats.       [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  August 27, 2008 3:38 AM

Custody Case in Pakistan Could Go to Supreme Court*

A custody battle in Pakistan over two Christian girls kidnapped and allegedly forced to convert to Islam remained undecided after a hearing last week. Lawyers for the Masih family told Compass Direct News that they will appeal to the Pakistani Supreme Court if the girls are not returned to their parents at the next hearing. Until then, Aneela and Saba Masih, 10 and 13 respectively, will remain at Multan’s Dar Ul Rahman women’s shelter. Islamic jurisprudence and Pakistani law do not recognize the forced marriages of minors. The judge’s decision to extend the case was based on Saba Masih’s testimony that she is 17 years old and on a Lahore medical board’s ruling that she is between 15 and 17. Muslim fundamentalists, however, may have pressured the medical board, lawyers said. Rights advocates said the girls themselves may have also come under pressure while at the women’s shelter. Read more on about the possible outcomes of this case.

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anonymous  August 25, 2008 6:41 AM

The Interior Ministry announced the ban 24 hours after rejecting a Taliban cease-fire offer in Bajur tribal region, a rumored hiding place for Osama bin Laden, where an army offensive has reportedly killed hundreds in recent weeks.

Another 200,000 people are said to have fled their homes.

"This organization is a terrorist organization and created mayhem against public life," said ministry chief Rehman Malik.

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anonymous  August 22, 2008 4:44 PM

We recognize that by running these two project we can win souls
1. Education    2. Basic heath Project
With these two Projects we can enter into the trust of people that need to know the Lord; however,  what a pity that we only have one Co-worker. We don't have resources to extend our work but what we can do we are doing for his kingdom.
 Unity in Christ Ministry wants to have hospital or small heath center to help these people and a church so that we can communicate with the people as well share the gospel among them through this channel. We need a place to start this Project so pray for us.
In spite of all of the obstacles which have been hindering our evangelistic work for the people of Thar, the Lord has provided us with the opportunity to take His word and care for them, some people has been blessed by His love by accepting him as their Lord & Savior. Ever since than these new convert have been facing persecution which has resulted in many consequences such as loss of jobs ,discriminatory attitudes from near and dear ones and from others as well; and many other unpleasant situations which they have to go through once they accept Jesus Christ in their lives.
 These people have been expelled from their communities and  they  have approached us somehow, through some one, and the Lord has guided us to helped them out in their ordeal.  One factor that is very encouraging to learn from them, is that they are firm in their Christian faith. They told us in our recent meeting that they want to win the entire desert for the Savior. These people need to be strengthened   through schools, medical facilities and other necessities of life.
 We must go into that un-evangelized region with the help of converts, with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and must demonstrate His love by providing them with relief like food, clothes, medicines and other basic necessities of daily life.
 We must begin from little and place every thing in the hands of our savior who had commissioned us to proclaim his word and love to all.
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PAKISTANI COURT GRANTS CUSTODY OF GIRLS TO KIDNAPPERS:  A Pakistani couple has appealed a court decision to award custody of their two daughters, 10 and 13, to the children’s alleged kidnappers. The court based its custody decision on the girls’ conversion to Islam.  Full Story>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
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Greetings you in the name of Jesus Christ,

Dear Sister Donna

I hope by lord's Grace you would be fine and every thing
going on well.
By the grace of the Lord we are regularly isiting in the pagans and we are winning souls for him and expanding his

  In previous visit we distribute clothes and held medical camp and organized evangelical meeting in meeting one man who
accept Jesus Christ shared his testimony.

Raj Kumar “when I accept Jesus Christ my people threat me
now you will be childless because you reject our gods and
they said don’t come to our houses, People don’t like to eat,
drink even don’t talk or sit with them. They totally
ignored and hated by
now those who accept Jesus Christ.”  

What we can do we are doing now it’s your turn what Lord guides
you should do

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Please pray for us as we pray for you. Thanks for continue prayers. Blessings,Your Brother Servant of LordVictor SirdarChairman & founderUnity In Christ MinistryC-37 block 5 F.B.Area Gulberg town karachi-75950 sadiknagar Sindh PakistanPhone:
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anonymous  July 23, 2008 5:36 AM

Update Report - Pakistani Court Grants Custody of Girls to Kidnappers*

PAKISTAN - As reported last week, a Pakistani Christian is in a legal battle with kidnappers for the custody of his two pre-teen daughters, who have allegedly been coerced into saying that they had converted to Islam. According to Compass Direct News, the kidnappers filed for custody of the girls at the local police house on June 28, stating that the two sisters had converted to Islam and that their father no longer had jurisdiction over them.  Younis Masih, who is the father of the two girls, fears that his daughters have already been sexually assaulted by the kidnappers, who are suspected to be members of a powerful human trafficking ring.

On Saturday July 12th, Judge Main Naeem Sardar ruled that Saba Masih, 13, and Aneela Masih, 10, had become Muslims, invalidating their Christian parents’ right to legal guardianship. The sisters appeared in court and were given five minutes to testify in front of 16 Muslim men that their conversion to Islam was genuine.  The court based its custody decision on the girls’ alleged conversion to Islam. Under a common interpretation of Islamic law, a Christian cannot have custody of a Muslim.

The girl’s parents are continuing with the legal battle and have appealed the court decision to award custody of their two daughters to the children’s alleged kidnappers. Read More

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that the court overturns this custody decision and return these girls to their Christian parents. (Romans 8:31)
  • Pray that God would miraculously protect these girls, Saba and Aneela, from being sexually abused by their captors who have been awarded legal custody of them. (Psalm 5:11)
  • Pray that God would bring his supernatural comfort to Younis Masih and his wife in this time of desperation. (Psalm 9:9)
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anonymous  July 17, 2008 5:20 AM

Christian doctor after “blasphemy” charges incited a mob attack on his home in Punjab province. Following his imprisonment, Dr. Robin Sardar’s wife and six children have fled their home for fear of new attacks.

Information from Compass Direct

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anonymous  July 16, 2008 9:25 AM

Girls in Pakistan Kidnapped, Allegedly Forced to Convert*

PAKISTAN A Christian father is in a legal battle with kidnappers for the custody of his pre-teen daughters, who allegedly have been forced to convert to Islam. According to Compass Direct News, when the father of the two girls, Younis Masih, was summoned to the police house to testify, police initially refused to file a case against the kidnappers who are known to belong to a powerful human trafficking ring. The kidnappers filed for custody of the girls at the local police house on June 28, stating that the two sisters had converted to Islam and that their father no longer had jurisdiction over them. Read More… 

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that the two young girls who have been kidnapped will be quickly returned to their parents. (Psalm 61:1)
  • Pray for God’s protection upon the hearts and minds of these two little girls. (Psalm 140:1)
  • Pray for the kidnappers to see the evil in their hearts, repent of their actions, and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. (Romans 15:13)
  • Pray that Younis Masih will have strength and wisdom from God to endure this time of being separated from his daughters. (1 Corinthians 1:25)
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    anonymous  November 14, 2007 7:08 AM

    Christians in Northern Pakistan Beaten-
    There are reports of Christians in Pakistan beaten and missing, also, in Pakistans Punjab province.
    Christian Persecution Info. News Feature
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    anonymous  November 09, 2007 9:06 AM

    Pakistan and Burma Persecuting Christians
    By Gary Lane
    CWNews Gary Lane is CWN’s Chief International Correspondent and partners with The Voice of the Martyrs to bring attention to the persecuted church. He spoke about religious freedom with George Thomas.

    George Thomas: Gary, you've been to many of these countries, most recently to Pakistan. How are the Christians there doing now?

    Gary Lane : George, they’re concerned about institutionalizedpersecution there: the blasphemy law—and many Christians have ended up in prison—5, 6 years as result of that. False charges of blasphemy against Mohammed and Islam. But also, there is the persecution coming from individuals, particularly at the brick kilns in Pakistan. I have one story I want to share with you. Recently, a man by the name of Mosa Masih, he had been teaching prayer and holding services at the brick kiln for about two years. And he wanted to take 14 families to church during Easter. The brick kiln owner said, ‘If you do that you’re going to have trouble.’ He did it anyway. When he returned, he was hog-tied to a motorcycle and dragged though the brick kiln. He was severely injured and hospitalized. These [he showed a picture] are some of his injuries. That’s the type of persecution that Pakistani Christians deal with every day in Pakistan.

    George Thomas: Gary, one of the countries listed on the Commission’s list is Burma, why is Burma on the list?

    Gary Lane : Well, because of persecution primarily against the Karen people. They are an ethnic minority, they live in the mountains in the eastern part of Burma. There are about 7 million Karen, and they are lovers of democracy, because about 40 percent to 50 percent of them are Christian. They love democracy, they’ve been fighting for it for about 60 years now. The Burmese military will go into their villages, burn their homes, burn their churches, rape, kill and forcibly conscript some of the young men into the military. And that’s a persecution that’s going on, right now, as we speak, in eastern Burma.

    George Thomas: Do you feel like the U.S. government is doing enough to confront these violators?

    Gary Lane : Well, George, you saw the video of that church being bulldozed, leveled, in China. What are you going to do when China is one of your largest trade partners, we’re heavily dependent on China for many of our products. Our businesses are very active there. And there’s debate within the State Department and other parts of our government, on whether sanctions are effective anyway. If you don’t have other countries involved, why do them?

    George Thomas: I’m sure our viewers will pray for these persecuted believers. Gary Lane, thanks for joining us.

    You, our readers, can speak up for the persecuted church by contacting the U.S. State Department directly, by calling: 202-647-4000. s



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    anonymous  November 05, 2007 5:13 AM

    From the Associated Press: An emergency state still exist in Pakistan and hundreds of Jugdes and lawyers, protestors and dissidents have been arrested. This is in response to the invasion of extremist Muslims who have invaded Northern Pakistan, although arrests have taken place in Southern Pakistan also.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
    anonymous  November 04, 2007 11:58 AM

    Pakistan has a State of  Emergency Declared!
    From the Associated Press!
    500 protesters are arrested as the Pakistan Government seeks to round up extremists Muslims who have infiltrated Northern Pakistan!  As far as I know none of these protesters have been Christians; however, I will let you know if I hear anything!
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    anonymous  October 24, 2007 7:16 AM

    Greetings you in the name of Jesus Christ,

    Here is our   a budget report
    1. One Pastor's can be supported (80 dallor/month)
    2. One Sunday School teacher can be supported (20 dallor/month)
    3. One Child can be supported (30 dallor/month)
    4. One Sunday School teacher can be supported (20 dallor/month)
    5. Want Van for outreach cost (8400 dollar )
    6. Projector cost (850 dollar)
    some more but these are most important
    Dear Sister thanks for always Praying for me. Sister brother Lord always save us you know brother our media ministry who has been watching by Muslims too some time We has been threaten but we have Protector who always save us from every one every danger here is one more great work Lord has done .
    Sister now we need monthly support who can support us so we can win more souls and can do something for these new believers must read report and watch pictures. Sister what we can do we are doing.
    On behalf of Unity In Christ Ministry we gladly share this information with you that our last evangelistic missionary tour to the un evangelized tribal and remote areas of Sindh state in which lord has blessed us and strengthened us in the proclamation of his word of salvation among un believers and had confirmed his presence by showing signs and wonders.
    Many un believers had accepted him as their Lord, saviour and experienced his presence in their lives all the Glory to be the holy name of the Lord.
    Jesus who still move and word among his people and use them as a channel of Countless blessings to others.
    Our evangelistic needs to be expanded and for that we do need your prayer and practical co-operation in order to facilitate the "Soul Saving Mission" whatever you can do for this divine purpose please do let us know ,
    "Every little helps to carry on the work of the Lord".

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    anonymous  October 20, 2007 8:13 AM

    Please write to Pastor Shamas Ul  Zaman
    c/o Binyameen
    P.O. Box # 6001
    Lahore Cantt G.P.O.
    Sarfaraz Rafaqi Road Lahore
    Cantt, Pakistan
    Tell this hard working man of God that you on praying for his ministry his church members November 11!
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    anonymous Pastor Sirdars E-Mail October 20, 2007 8:08 AM

    Pastor Victor Sirdar's E-Mail!

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    anonymous  October 20, 2007 7:57 AM

    Please write to Pastor Sirdar in Pakistan and let him know that you are praying for this hard working man of God, on November 11th.
    This is his address:
    Yours in Christ,
    Pastor Victor Sirdar
    Chairman & founder
    Unity In Christ Ministry
    C-37 block 5 F.B.Area Gulberg town karachi-75950 Sadiq Nagar Sindh Pakistan
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    anonymous  October 13, 2007 7:51 AM

    On February 5th & 6 th 1997 in the presence of the cries-screams and tears of a very harmless, armless & peace loving a tiny community, an unprecidental,horrifying attack was made by the muslim believers, the citizens of the same country on the Christians who are in extreme minority.

    The citizens who were attacked are the waeker section of the same society which have been living from many centuries together in harmony and brotherhood but the Islamization imposed by General Zia-ul-Haq and then later on the introduction of different Islamic laws, particulary the Blaspemy laws have created an atmospere of hatred prejudice and jealously against the citizens who have been working for the freedom of this land.

    According to different news papers and interviews taken by different Human Rights-Social Activists and Religious leaders, nearly 75 thousand Muslims from the surrounding villages, towns, cities (Kabirwala, Mian Channoo, Khanewal and Multan) got gathered by a pre-planned plot mad by the Police officials of the Police Station Khanewal Saddar and the fundamentalists leaders fully equipped with all modern and latest sophisticated waepons, marched as an army towards the Christians Churches, Hostels, Dispensaries and Houses. The clouds of the smoke, the high degree of heat of flames, the screams and cries of the people whose belongings were burnt to ashes, their Bibles and Hymn books were also torched and blazed into ashes. This attack was not made by any foreign land people, but it was attacked by the people of the same country.

    Actually this was an uncountable crowd of the believers who were raising slogans. "Kill the Christians because they are Blasphemers towards the Holy Quran and Holy Prophet".

    The facts collected actually have been stated by the Muslims who are witnessing the brutal scene when it was being staged and played by the brutal people of the police and Islamic fundamentalist. Some of Muslims though they tried to bring the situation calm and quiet so that bad name should not come on the Muslims but the Muslims Mosque Priests and Political leaders from both parties were also inciting to burn every thing of the Christians which come in their way.

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    anonymous  October 13, 2007 7:42 AM

    Dear Friends,

    We are writing to request your prayers for Pakistan for two reasons.

    First, this Sunday, 5 August is a Day of Prayer for Pakistan, and so we would encourage your churches to remember the nation in intercessions. The Pakistan Asian Christian Welfare Association in Bradford has initiated this Day of Prayer, with the support of Anglican, Roman Catholic and Elim Pentecostal churches, which CSW is delighted to support.

    Please pray:

    • for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities;
    • for the repeal of the blasphemy laws;
    • for lawyers and human rights activists who bravely defend those accused of blasphemy;
    • for President Musharraf and the Government, that they may bring an end to extremism and steer the nation towards a new era of religious harmony, tolerance, freedom and equal rights for all.

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    anonymous  October 13, 2007 7:39 AM

    Christians persecuted under Blasphemy laws in Pakistan
    Pakistan Christian who was previously acquitted of blasphemy is still
    in hiding almost a year after charges were dropped because Muslim
    militants are trying to kill him.

    Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 12:48 (BST)

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    anonymous  September 14, 2007 7:46 PM

    Persecuted Christians in Pakistan August 17, 2007 9:20 AM

    Posted by Donna M.

    Persecuted Christians in Pakistan July 07, 2007 2:28 PM

    When a person becomes a Christian in Pakistan they are rejected by their family and their village. Sometimes they are left without a home altogether. The pastors try to help these Christians out as much as possible.
    The other things that go on in Pakistan are Extremists Muslim groups and Extremists Hindu groups often threaten Christians that if they do not convert to their religion that they will be beat up, or worse. It takes a great amount of courage to be a Christian in Pakistan.
    The Pastors are often in need of supplies, bibles, study materials, and many other necessities! The living conditions are often not good, food is hard for this families to afford, the water is often bad, (contaminated), the houses are often shacks in poor repair and no heating or cooling. Often Christians in Pakistan are without medical care and lack many things we take for granted. Such as decent clothing, shoes, and proper schooling.
    The Pastors of Pakistan have a tremendous job ahead of them. Please pray and tell others about persecuted Christians in Pakistan.

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    anonymous  September 14, 2007 7:32 PM

    Persecuted Christians in Pakistan and India August 17, 2007 9:12 AM

    Posted by Donna M.

    Persecuted Christians in Pakistan and India July 17, 2007 7:48 AM

    Pakistan and India have a social system, called a Caste System, that permanently place individuals into certain social and economic levels, and you can never leave that level, which means that your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will all remain on that level. You can not marry outside of that social and economic level either.
    In Pakistan and India, Christians face persecution from the different hierarchies, and also from extremists Muslims and Hindus. Now normally Muslims and Hindus are peaceful and non-violent; however, the extremists have made their own rules and violence in unfortunately, part of that. The government is so far, trying to control these extremist, and also face violence, such as suicide bombers and insurgency.
    These extremists, are known to blow up churches, tear them down, or set them on fire, beat up and threaten Christians, try to force Christians to join the extremists, and have even murdered Christians in Pakistan.
    Many Christians are living on the lower level of the Caste system and face poverty, poor living conditions, unclean water, and are not excepted. Yet there are many wonderful Christians in Pakistan who are working hard to change these conditions. Some wealthy Christians have also faced some violence, and have had their churches bombed.
    In India, there is also, much violence, and Christians have been attacked continually and persistently, with some being falsely imprisoned. Both in Pakistan, and India, extremists, hate groups and gangs target Christians and sometimes each other. Church services have been interrupted and members beaten up, kidnapped and even murdered. It is not illegal in India to be a Christian but law enforcement is not always what it should be and Christians are not well accepted so this violence is often overlooked and even encouraged.  [ se  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
    anonymous  September 14, 2007 7:30 PM

    This is his address:
    Yours in Christ,
    Pastor Victor Sirdar
    Chairman & founder
    Unity In Christ Ministry
    C-37 block 5 F.B.Area Gulberg town karachi-75950 Sadiq Nagar Sindh Pakistan
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    anonymous  September 14, 2007 7:25 PM

    Emergency! Pastor in Pakistan needs help! August 17, 2007 9:10 AM

    Posted by Donna M .

    Emergency! Pastor in Pakistan needs help! Monday, 8:00 AM

    Pastor Victor Sirdar's home has been flooded once again, Pakistan is being hit hard with flooding this year. He needs prayer,  blankets, food, bottled water, tents, and sleeping bags, bibles, Children's pictures books about Jesus and bible stories, and whatever supplies that you can send -


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