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Pakistan: Christian journalist harassed at work for her faith, resigns

Persecution of Christians in Pakistan: Pakistan is home to over two million Christians, all of whom face the prospect of daily harassment and worse. There is often intense pressure to convert to Islam, as this story makes clear. A small number of these Christians are Orthodox. 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 light of religious freedom and relief from those who blaspheme the name of God with anger, violence, and hatred.

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

“Pakistani Christian journalist harassed at work, resigns,” ANI, November 18, 2019:

In another example of religious intolerance in Pakistan, a Christian journalist was harassed by colleagues for her faith and insulted for not having converted to Islam after marrying a Muslim man.

Thirty-eight-year-old Gonila Gill, married to Husnain Jamil, had to resign from Dunya News following the mental torture by her colleagues. She was the only Christian registered with the from the Lahore Press Club.

“People are vile – she says – when they talk rubbish about my faith. However, I will not lose hope and remain steadfast in my religion,” Jamil said.

The condition of minorities is deplorable in Pakistan. They have always been mistreated and suffered injustices from fellow civilians and the administration. Pakistan administration has always patronised religious, ethnic, cultural and racial disagreements to further their regime….

The authorities have been discriminating against religious minorities, which can be seen in various forms of targeted violence, mass murders, extrajudicial killings, abduction, rapes, forced conversion to Islam among others, making Pakistani Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyyas and Shias one of the most persecuted minorities in the region….

The United States, the United Kingdom and Canada had raised the issue of suppression of religious freedom last month by China and Pakistan and slammed the two Asian nations for “persecuting and repressing” their religious minorities.

During the meet on Safety of Religious Minorities here on Thursday, the US, UK and Canada expressed concerns over the increasing, widespread and undue restrictions on religious freedom in the two countries.

In Pakistan, many incidents are regularly reported where Hindu, Sikh and Christian girls are forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men.

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