Christians in Pakistan Continue to Be Threatened

Extremists Demolish Church Building, Local Government Takes No Action

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Pakistani Christians in Islamabad are reporting abuses against them for their faith.

According to Fides News Agency, Islamic extremists prevented the construction of a Church on land donated by a local Christian.

After the walls of the Church were completed, a cross was place on the main gate of the building. Upon seeing the Christian symbol, extremists bulldozed the construction site and demolished the building. Although a complaint was filed with the police, no arrests were made in connection to the demolition.

Several Christians have also asked for protection from authorities after receiving threats for Church project.

Christian minorities living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Pakistan are facing eviction from the local government. An estimated 5,000 Christians live in the settlements, which a High Court judge in Islamabad deemed inhospitable and “abusive”. The settlements lack water pipes and sewer systems.

Christian leaders have asked the municipality to help arrange accommodation for the families who have lived for years in Islamabad.

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