Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Christians in Pakistan

A friend sends stories of Christian persecution in Pakistan. He and his family live in Pakistan, so he has firsthand knowledge of the escalating persecution. This is his latest message.

Taliban sets sights on Pakistan's Swat Valley
Christians expected to flee their homes if government continues to concede control

Christians in Pakistan are in urgent need of your prayers as Pakistani authorities struggle through negotiations with the Taliban leadership that has determined to take over the country's beautiful Swat Valley and institute a severe system of Sharia law. ICC sources expect many Christians in the coming weeks and months to flee their homes if the government concedes to an agreement they signed in mid-February to accept Sharia law.

The Taliban are back in power. This time, however, they're not in Afghanistan, but in a well-protected valley in Pakistan that was for a long time known as the "Switzerland of the Orient" because of its natural beauty. The Swat Valley, as it is known in Pakistan, was formerly one of the richest and best educated areas in the country, due to its tourist industry. That all changed when the Taliban set their sights on gaining control.

The christian in this valley are called heretics. The only church, there has been closed in 2007.

Up until January 9, the Taliban had been conducting gruesome executions for weeks and leaving the dead bodies, with amputated limbs and heads, hung up on trees or telephone poles. Every morning the shopkeepers who worked in Grain Square in Mingora would find four or five of these victims newly displayed with notes pinned on them providing their names and their crimes against Islam. Residents of Mingora now call the square Khooni Chowk (Bloody Square)...

You can read the rest of the story here.

Pray for the Christians in Pakistan.

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