US Designates Pakistan a “Country of Particular Concern” Over Religious Freedom Violations

December 12, 2018

There are over two million Christians in Pakistan. All of them, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant, face a daily risk of persecution and harassment. Orthodox Christians in Pakistan are under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Singapore and South Asia, which comprises all the Orthodox Communities, Parishes, Foundations and Philanthropic Projects in Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Brunei, Timor, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, as well as Pakistan.

Please pray that our beloved brothers and sisters of these often forgotten communities, and all the Christians of Pakistan, would be granted the full religious freedom, and relief from those who blaspheme the name of God with anger, violence, and hatred.

“US Designates Pakistan a “Country of Particular Concern” Over Religious Freedom Violations,” International Christian Concern, December 12, 2018:

12/12/2018 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reported that he had decided to designate Pakistan a “country of particular concern” over its abuse of religious minorities. This decision comes one year after Pakistan was placed on a special watch list regarding religious freedom violations.

By designating Pakistan a “country of particular concern”, the US government is obliged to exert pressure through its international relations, including the imposition of sanctions if necessary, to end religious freedom violations….

For Christians, their religious identity essentially relegates them to the lowest rungs of Pakistani society. Beyond economic and social discrimination, Christians also face outright instances of persecution such as kidnappings, forced conversions, false blasphemy accusations, mob violence and terrorist attacks on their places of worship. Will being designated a “country of particular concern” finally push Pakistan to prioritize the rights of religious minorities?