News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Pakistan flag.jpg header2.jpg
Pakistan-flag-new-thumb_galleryfull.jpg
World News

Priest in Pakistan says Christians are under threat

by Cara Bentley

A priest in Pakistan has told a Christian charity that believers are under increased threat since the Taliban took control in Afghanistan. 

Father Mushtaq Anjum told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN): "The threat against them [Christians] has increased, since our government [in Pakistan] supports the victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan."

The priest said there is a scepticism towards Christianity because of its association with a different culture: "Both Afghanistan and Pakistan consider the United States as an enemy. There is a deep-seated hatred of western countries where Christians compose a sizable proportion of the population. 

"The brotherhood of the countries is based on Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:51 of the Qur'an, which warns believers against becoming allies of Jews and Christians. It is largely because of the Taliban that religious minorities in Pakistan and Afghanistan live a subdued life."

Blasphemy laws in Pakistan have long been a problem, such as in the case of Asia Bibi, who was nearly put to death after being accused of insulting Islam. 

Father Anjum said: "We have always complained of mob rule and about the controversial blasphemy law which has been grossly abused, with many people making false accusations to settle personal scores, to obtain the victim's property, or to attack the person's faith.

"We have always demanded that the majority of Muslims should respect and accept religious diversity in Pakistan."

The clergyman added that the future is concerning: "I am afraid many Taliban will return to Pakistan and exploit Islamist extremism, pushing Pakistani terror groups to step up attacks. 

"They thrive on violence. The government should ensure protection of churches and minority places of worship before their arrival."  
 

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate