2007 Violence and Intimidation Against Christians
(WORLD Magazine, October 20, 2007)
About 2 percent of Pakistan’s 147 million people are Christians. Most live in Punjab Province.
June 17: About 40 Muslim men armed with guns, axes and wooden sticks attack a Salvation Army Church north of Faisaiabad for holding an evangelistic meeting, injuring seven. A month later, the attackers apologize.
June 25: A prison halts Bible classes and puts Catholic prisoner Dil Awaiz in a high-security cell and tortures him after he teaches fellow Christian inmates to expect persecution. Muslim prisoners earlier protested that a Christian inmate drank out of one of their glasses. Christians are often considered unclean.
September 17: A judge unexpectedly acquits Christian teenager Shahid Masih of ripping up pages containing Quranic verses when Muslim witnesses against him back down. Radicals outside the courtroom are “very, very angry,” Masih’s defense lawyer says.
August 25: Two men shoot dead Pentecostal evangelist Joseph Din in his Lahore home. Din, a green-card holder, lived with his son in the United States about seven years before returning home to preach. Police have made no arrests.
August 29: A married couple and a man enter the home of Pastor Arif Khan and his wife Kathleen, shooting and killing both. The man, a Muslim, flees to South Waziristan Province and has yet to be caught.
September 27: A man shoot dead Salvation Army Col. Bo Brekke in his Lahore office. The organization says, “There is nothing to suggest that this is related in any way to terrorism.”
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