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Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
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Christians in Pakistan received a blow this week, as the government of Pakistan will not amend the country's controversial blasphemy law. This decision comes after massive countrywide protests against the government by Islamic and mainstream opposition parties who demand that there be no amendments made.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told parliament in a speech before the National Assembly in Islamabad, on February 2, that his government would not touch the legislation, which human rights groups say is routinely abused to persecute minorities and settle personal scores. Most recently, the blasphemy law was used against Asia Bibi, a Christian mother, who was found guilty of blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad and sentenced to death. Her case is currently being appealed.

Sherry Rehman, a member of the Pakistani National Assembly, introduced the bill of proposed amendments last year. However, it was not supported by Rehman's own party. Rehman has said that she was directed to withdraw the bill, and she denies that she did so voluntarily. She has been confined to her home, following a flurry of death threats.

Pray the Lord will raise up other faithful leaders who are willing to speak up for human rights and religious freedom in Pakistan. Ask the Lord to strengthen and protect His Church. Continue to pray for Asia Bibi, that she will be acquitted of all blasphemy charges.

Read more about the persecuted Church in Pakistan at the Pakistan Country Report.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC partners to train Christian women in sewing skills throughout Pakistan to provide a sustainable source of income for their families and encourage them in their faith and witness for Christ.

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Women’s Ministry

Country Information

Population
238,181,034 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Punjabi (44.7), Pashtun [Pathan] (15.4), Sindhi (14.1), Saraiki (8.4) Muhajirs (7.6) Balochi (3.6), Other (6.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (96.5), Other - Christian and Hindu (3.5)

Leader
President Arif Alvi (2018)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Common law system with Islamic law influence

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Pakistan

Pray that amendments will be made to Pakistan's existing blasphemy laws so that the country's citizens – including its children – will be protected from injustice and abuse. May our Lord's mercy and justice prevail, not only in the judiciary system but also in the hearts of the country's militants. Ask Him to transform their "hearts of stone" into hearts that are receptive to His love, mercy and the workings of His Holy Spirit – not only for the purpose of protecting the Christian minority but also for the salvation of their own eternal souls.

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