Factsheet: Christian Persecution in Pakistan Q2 2021

Over the months of April, May, and June of 2021, International Christian Concern (ICC) documented 27 incidents of persecution against the Christian community of Pakistan. These incidents included false blasphemy accusations, abductions, forced conversions, forced marriages, physical violence, destruction of property, discrimination, and even religiously motivated murders.

Regarding Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws and false accusations made against Christians, two nurses working at Civil Hospital in Faisalabad were falsely accused of committing blasphemy on April 9. A Muslim coworker, who reportedly harbored a grudge against one of the two nurses, accused the women of desecrating wall hangings that contained Quranic verses.

This accusation marked a continuation of false blasphemy accusations being leveled against Christian nurses documented in ICC in the first quarter of 2021. The second quarter of 2021, however, also provided a positive development for Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife, Shagufta, two Christians sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws since 2014.

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