PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for the Pakistan government to remain vigilant against combating terrorism and for legislation to pass that target terrorist finance issues.
     
  • Pray that God would root out terrorist groups out of Pakistan, so it will no longer be a safe haven for some top terrorist leaders.
     
  • Pray that the rise of Islamic militant extremism across the Muslim world would not take route in Pakistan and that the government continues to resist terrorist movements.
     
  • Pray that when the enemy comes against innocent people in Pakistan that the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against the enemy by sending forth weapons from His arsenal in heaven. (Exodus 15:3, 6-7 and Isaiah 59:19)
     
  • Persecution and intimidation try to keep Christians living in fear. Pray that they would stand firm in the authority of Jesus and have the courage to share their faith despite the troubles they face.
     
  • Christians from a Muslim background face possible execution under the Shari’a law. Most are too frightened to openly follow Jesus because they would risk their life or rejection from their families. There are could be thousands following Jesus in secret. Pray for their protection.
     
  • Pray for an end to the conflict with India and for peace for the people living in the Kashmir region.

 

Find ministries and organizations working in Pakistan at Joshua Project | Pakistan.

 

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FACTS
Population: 177,471,000
Total People Groups: 465
Unreached People Groups: 448
Region: Central Asia
Official National Language: Urdu
Secondary National Language: 
Religions: Islam 95.8%, Christianity 2.5%, Hinduism 1.6%, Other 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: 10
Percentage of People in Poverty:  24%

LOCATION
Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a republic in South Asia, marking the region where South Asia converges with Central Asia and the Middle East. It has a 650-mile coastline along the Arabian Sea in the south, and is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, India in the east and China in the far northeast.

RELIGION
Pakistan is comprised of 96.1% Muslims and only 2.3% of the population are Christians. Pakistan is an Islamic republic. There is growing support for Islamic Shari’a law and discrimination against non-Muslim and Muslim minorities is on the increase. Churches, pastors and Muslim background believers are targets of violence.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Pakistan is ranked No. 17 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.”

In September 2007, A Pakistani official in a northern district warned female Christian teachers and students to don Islamic garb, citing threats from Taliban extremists active in the area. Christians in the Afghan-border region 120 miles north of Peshawar say that extremists from the Taliban movement, which ruled most of Afghanistan from 1995 to 2001, have targeted them in recent months. Extremists in Swat have conducted a campaign of Islamization in the district against all things deemed un-Islamic since early July, when a government crackdown on militants at the Lal Masjidmosque in Islamabad triggered violent reactions nationwide. The order to cover up under the full-body robe that leaves only the hands and eyes visible may affect Christians at the Catholic-run Public High School in Sangota. The all-girls school had already closed down for a week in September 2007 after being threatened with suicide attacks for supposedly converting students to Christianity.

The all-girls school re-opened its doors on September 17 after a threat letter from Muslim extremists forced it to shut down for a week. Only half of the students returned when the high school reopened its doors on September 17 with assurances of increased security from local officials.

More than 50 Christians fled the town of Charsadda in May after a local Christian politician received a letter telling the Christian community to convert to Islam within 10 days. The threat was repeated, chalked on the wall of a building opposite the church, 10 days later.

Two young men from a local Islamic school eventually confessed to having written the threats as a joke. In an unrelated incident, a Catholic elementary school in Bannu, west of Peshawar, was bombed on September 15. The blast destroyed the chapel windows and furniture, leaving a hole in the side of a classroom wall.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors