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According to reports, a Christian man from Multan was mentally tortured by his Muslim coworkers who were attempted to forcefully convert him to Islam. The torture was so bad that the Christian man even considered suicide. The issue of forced conversion to Islam in Pakistan remains among of the of top issues faced by religious minorities. In most cases, women from religious minority communities are abducted, raped, and forcefully converted to Islam for extremists. According to report by human rights ground in Pakistan, as many as 1,000 women from the Christian and Hindu communities fall victim to this abuse every year. 

2/5/2016 Pakistan (Christian Post) – A Pakistani Christian man, a father of five, was reportedly threatened and psychologically tortured by Muslim coworkers who wanted him to convert to Islam, and even though he considered suicide, he refused to convert.

“They very often called me ‘kafir’, which means unfaithful, and they threatened me that they would resort to false accusations of blasphemy if I refused to convert to Islam,” said Patras Hanif, the Pakistani man who was the victim of abuse, according to Fides News Agency.

Hanif, who worked at a construction site in Multan, in Punjab, faced violence and harassment from fellow workers who wanted him to abandon his Christian faith, which at one point even drove him to consider suicide.

The father turned to Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill, however, who has taken on a number of persecution cases in the Muslim majority country.

“Extremism, hatred, motivated only by a different faith, preconceived hostility: this is the suffering Christians in Pakistan go through. Islamic extremist groups would like to eliminate Christianity and other religions,” Gill said.

“This extremism is the cause of the exodus of religious minorities in Pakistan. Political leaders and Muslim religious leaders should publicly discourage these attitudes and start a more ambitious program of religious harmony, recalling that all citizens have equal rights and dignity,” the lawyer added.

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