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Christians in Pakistan organized prayer services in support of a Christian high court lawyer who recently received death threats for her support of Christian victims of forced conversions and blasphemy. Recently, Jacqueline Sultan, a lawyer and human rights activists, received a death threat from extremists who told her to stop her work or else face being killed. Local lawyer associations and the Church has put pressure on security officials to insure Sultan’s safety as lawyers and human rights activists have been targeted by extremists in the past. 

05/16/2017 Pakistan (Pakistan Christian Post) – Special prayer services were organized in different parts of the country for Christian lawyer and human rights activists Ms. Jacqueline Sultan who received death threat for defending people charged with blasphemy and helping victims of forced conversions and marriages.

The special services were attended by a huge number of Christians who recited their prayers in support of Sultan.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Hyderabad Rev. Fr. Sansom Shukardin, the O.F.M. of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, said that the Federal and Provincial Government should not rest until they do not eliminate the terrorists. He said that terrorists neither had any religion nor deserved any concession. He appreciated the untiring efforts and struggle of Sultan for standing for the rights of minorities particularly on the very sensitive issues like blasphemy, forced conversions, forced marriages, and other discriminatory laws.

After prayer service Pastor Shahid Saghar of Awami Church Essa Nagri Karachi described Sultan as a great woman who has been working for the minority community and helping them in and outside the court with her legal work and human rights activities.

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