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Church official in Pakistan : Christians are ‘treated like animals,’ subject to rape and slavery

ICC Note

“In Pakistan , Christians suffer and see their lives in danger every day,”

03/25/2010 Pakistan (CatholicCulture.org)-An official of the Pakistani bishops’ conference has called upon the international community to exert pressure upon the nation’s government and defend the nation’s beleaguered Christian minority.

“In Pakistan , Christians suffer and see their lives in danger every day,” said Father John Shakir Nadeem, secretary of the bishops’ commission for social communications. “In some areas, believers are treated like animals, in slavery or subjected to harassment, violence, and forced conversions.”

“There is a widespread phenomenon of kidnapping of Christian girls, with death threats to the poorest families,” he continued. “Their abduction is followed by conversion and forced marriage. It is a stigma that many NGOs [non-governmental organizations] denounce in the face of the indifference of the authorities.”

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