Europe Pressures Pakistan Over Blasphemy Laws

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In April, the European Parliament adopted a motion against Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws. The laws are responsible for the imprisonment of many innocent Pakistani Christians, including Shagufta Kauser and Shafqat Emmanuel, a Pakistani Christian married couple who were held on death row for years. Read more about their story here.

Greg Kelley of World Mission says the government itself doesn’t typically enforce the laws very strictly. “What happens is mobs are being incited by these political figures and leaders. Essentially, they are carrying out this vigilante justice by just tormenting villages and families they have accused.” Local authorities often do nothing to stop this aggression.

Ministry in Pakistan

But Kelley says Pakistan also represents a great opportunity for Christian ministry. It’s the second most populous Muslim country in the world, and it borders Afghanistan, Iran, India, and even China.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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