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Pakistan

Pakistan

World Watch List Rank5
World Watch List Score88/100
LeaderPrime Minister Imran Khan
Population208,362,000 | 4,052,000 Christians
Main ReligionIslam
WWL Rank in 20205
Persecution LevelExtreme Persecution

Christians face extreme persecution in every area of their lives. Believers who have converted from Islam face the greatest levels of persecution, but all Christians are considered second-class citizensThey are given jobs perceived as low, dirty and dishonourable. There are some Christians among the middle classes, but they are still considered inferior to their Muslim counterparts and can face severe discrimination. 
 
Christian girls are at risk of abduction and rape, and are often forced to marry their attackers and coerced into converting to Islam. 
 
Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws are used to target Christians, and Islamic extremist groups vehemently “defend” these laws, including attacking or killing those believed to have contravened them. 
 
Christian churches do exist, but those that are active in outreach face severe persecution from society. However, God is moving in Pakistan and the church continues to meet together despite the cost.

WHAT CHANGED THIS YEAR?

Pakistan remains one of the hardest places to live as a Christian, and violent persecution against Christians and church buildings continues to be particularly bad.  

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors raises prayer support for persecuted believers in Pakistan. 

PRAY FOR PAKISTAN

Pray for wisdom and courage for Christians in Pakistan to speak about their faith, despite their fears that their words may be used against them.

Pray for protection over Pakistan’s churches, especially around Christian holidayswhen terrorist attacks have happened in the past.

Pray for protection for Christian women and girls. Pray for those who have already been abducted and forced to convert and marry, that God will comfort them and give them strength.

RECENT STORIES FROM Pakistan

Pakistan: Pray for a 13 yr old girl and her Family

09th Nov 2020

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A 44-year-old Muslim man named Ali Azhar took 13-year-old Arzoo from her parents on October 13th in Karachi, Pakistan. Two days later Arzoo’s father was…

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Why is baptism so dangerous for persecuted christians?

10th Jun 2020

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On this episode of World Watch Weekly, we’ll discuss the issues with talking about the persecuted church on the internet, we’ll briefly discuss the #5 country…

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A special meeting with Asia Bibi

02nd Mar 2020

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 ‘God is with you in the exact way He is with me.’  In June 2010, Asia Bibi was convicted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan and…

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Pakistan’s elections – 5 things you must know

24th Jul 2018

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The country of Pakistan prepares for national and provincial elections on July 25. We request prayer for Pakistani Christians at this time, even as pressure…

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Drops of Hope

22nd Jun 2018

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Pakistan is always high on Open Doors’ annual World Watch List. There’s a lot of violence, but what’s affecting the Church even more is ‘the…

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Brother Andrew reminds believers in Pakistan: ‘We are here for the Book’

14th Jun 2018

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The Dutchman who became known as ‘God’s Smuggler’ celebrated his 90th birthday just days after a rare trip to his beloved Pakistan. His message was just…

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