Plight of Pakistani Christians Discussed in UK

06/26/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – En route to Brussels where he was meeting with EU members, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, met with UK officials where the situation of Christians in his country were discussed. The topic comes just weeks after Asia Bibi—a Christian woman accused of blasphemy against Islam—was acquitted after spending 8 years in prison.

During his meeting, the prime minister insisted that while Christians may be excluded and treated unfairly at times, these incidents are only a handful and truly not significant at all. He alleged that these claims are a tool of western influences who are purposely attempting to portray Pakistan as an oppressive state.

The situation of situation of Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan is well-documented. The country is officially Islamic, and blasphemy charges are common as they are used to settle personal scores against religious minorities. Societal violence against Christians is not unusual, and there is often a lack of follow up from the authorities following these incidents. Pakistan is rated as a Tier 1 Country of Particular Concern by the United States Commission on Religious Freedom.

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