World Watch List Rank: 5
Leader: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Population: 192.8 million (3.9 million Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Source of Persecution: Islamic Extremism
"Lord, we pray protection over Christians meeting in Pakistan. Draw near to them and bring courage instead of fear. Let them know your presence and closeness as they keep living out their faith in you. "
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Christians experience more violence in Pakistan than almost anywhere else.
The nation's infamous blasphemy laws continue to be abused to settle personal scores, particularly against minorities including Christians.
A pregnant woman and her husband were thrown into the kiln where they worked and burned to death after being accused of blasphemy, orphaning their four children.
Two churches in Lahore were bombed, killing 25 people and wounding dozens. An estimated 700 Christian girls and women are abducted every year, and often then raped and forcibly married to Muslims.
In cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, Open Doors supports the church in Pakistan through:
Training (eg pastor's training, literacy training and vocational projects)
Emergency aid to victims of violent persecution
Counselling and trauma therapy.