What’s Life Like For Christians?
Christians in Pakistan are considered second-class citizens and face discrimination in every aspect of life. Jobs that are seen as low, dirty, and degrading are reserved for Christians by the authorities, who continue to push them to the margins of society.
Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws target all religious minorities, but affect the Christian minority in particular – roughly a quarter of all blasphemy accusations target Christians, who only make up 1.8% of the population. The number of blasphemy cases is increasing, as is the number of Christian girls being abducted, abused, and forcibly converted to Islam.
In addition to social hostility, Christians also experience apathy from the authorities who should protect them. The Christian community feels increasingly trapped between Islamic extremist groups that operate in the region, and a government that appeases these groups.