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Persecuted in Pakistan

From time to time in Pakistan, Christians have quietly found an opportunity to speak with me about the conditions of their lives.  Many live in constant fear of violence and suffer systematic discrimination and exploitation as a result of their faith.

This story about the problems of poor Christians in Lahore matches up well with other information I’ve received.

Christians, of course, are not the only victims of religious persecution in Pakistan.  Ahmadis, who many Sunni Muslims think of the way many Southern Baptists in America think of Mormons, face violence and discrimination as well.

I’ve met courageous Pakistani Muslims who are scandalized, angered and ashamed by these conditions, but there is so much violence and intimidation there today that it is dangerous even for rich and well-respected people to speak up.

Nothing good lies at the end of this road; let’s hope and pray that Pakistan finds a way to turn itself around.  The return of sanity would benefit everyone in Pakistan, Muslims, perhaps, most of all.

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