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ICC Note: According to Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) Canada, the persecution of Christians in Pakistan is increasing. This increase has been attributed to a global trend in persecution, which VOM says is a consequence of the spread of the Gospel to more countries hostile to its message.

08/06/2018 Pakistan (MNN) – According to Voice of the Martyrs Canada’s Ray Thorne, persecution against Pakistani Christians has been on the rise for one primary reason.

“Persecution is on the rise globally… because the Gospel has been increasing globally. So, whenever the Gospel increases, so does persecution in response in Islamic, Hindu, or communist countries. This is the reality.”

In Pakistan, Thorne says persecution is an everyday event. Each Pakistani carries an identification card. This card, among other information, lists the person’s religion. In a 98 percent Islamic country, with theocratic rules like the blasphemy law, carrying a card declaring a person to be a Christian can make them a target.

For example, Christians like Asia Bibi, have been imprisoned for years because of the misuse of the blasphemy law. The blasphemy law essentially declares if anyone says or does something in Pakistan which insults Islam, the act is punishable by death and a fine.

Ray says this law is often used to targets Christians. However, through personal relationships, the Gospel is spreading in Pakistan. But when a Muslim background believer chooses a faith in Christ, there is often an intense backlash from family and community members. They are known to face attacks and retaliation for their new faith in Christ.

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