Persecution of Christians in Pakistan: Asif Pervaiz, however, is facing the death penalty today for refusing to renounce Christianity. If he had renounced his faith, his troubles would be over, and his family would not have to have gone into hiding. As the Lord Jesus said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18)

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, continues to call for international attention to the ever-worsening plight of Christians in Pakistan.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, see here.

“Pakistan: Christian family of man accused of blasphemy go into hiding,” ICN, October 19, 2020:

The wife and family of a Pakistani Christian have had to go into hiding after her husband Asif Pervaiz was sentenced to death for blasphemy. Marilyn Asif and her four young children have had to flee for their lives after her husband was falsely accused of sending blasphemous text messages.

Asif, who’s 37, has already spent seven years in jail after a blasphemy case was filed against him in 2013. He was given the death penalty on September 8.

The case against Asif was brought after the Christian refused to take part in Muslim prayers at his factory or convert to Islam.

Asif lost his phone, which was used to send a so-called blasphemous text message to his supervisor at work. Asif believes the text was actually sent by his accuser to incriminate him.

Asif’s wife is now fearful for the safety of her children. A partner of Release International, which supports persecuted Christians, said: “She is in hiding because she feels threatened. She is trying to keep her three sons and daughter safe.”…