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Christian Leaders Receive Death Threats in Pakistan


In an interview with AsiaNews, Javed David, a Pakistani Christian activist, explained that he and at least three of his Christian associates have been threatened by an unidentified group of Muslims in the midst of outrage stemming from the construction of Christian churches

“I had been to church in Sheikhupura to attend a meeting with colleagues. It was 8 p.m. when we left to return to Lahore. We were about to reach the main road when a motorbike drove up and blocked the way,” David said. “[I thought] maybe they were following us. The two bikers were wearing a helmet. One of them came up to my window and spoke to me. ‘We know what you are doing here,’ he said. ‘Stop building churches. Convert to Islam, which is the true religion. Otherwise we will make a horrible example ofyou.'”

The first church that David and his associates helped build was in the village of Sheikhupura, just about 20 miles outside of Lahore in 2013. The group also helped build another church in the Jaranwala district, which is about 70 miles outside of Lahore. The group is building another church in Jaranwala this yea

David and his associates have been helping poor Christian communities in Pakistan build places of worship since 2013