A dangerous faith

By Ruth Limkin

It’s increasingly dangerous to be a Christian in Pakistan.

In this article from the UK’s Daily Mail we read:

  • Two prominent Pakistani politicians have been murdered this year for their campaign to change blasphemy laws that make it a capital offence to insult Islam. Critics say the laws are widely misused to persecute Christians or settle scores in the mostly Muslim country. Human rights groups say Christians convicted under the law have been murdered by extremists.
  • A Pakistani Christian [Qumar David] jailed for blasphemy has died in prison and his lawyer said Wednesday he suspected the man had been murdered. David’s lawyer Pervez Chaudhry says he is ‘100 percent’ certain it was murder but was unable to offer evidence. Chaudhry said both he and David had received death threats during the trial in 2010.

But here’s the real kicker… David was serving a 25-year prison term for blasphemy.

25 years.

Something’s very wrong with that.

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