Following Asia Bibi’s acquittal, nationwide protests have created a climate of tension in the country. In the midst of ongoing violence, Pakistani Christians are urging believers to fast and pray. Christians in Pakistan are putting up calls for fasting prayers, as situation aggravates. On October 31, Supreme Court of Pakistan had acquitted Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi from blasphemy charge and cancelled her death sentence.
A leading Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors reports that Pakistani Christians are not only calling for prayers but urging their fellow Pakistani Christians to offer volunteer services to those affected by these riots.
“We call on Christians across the country [Pakistan] and around the world to pray and proclaim, to demand our right to justice but to do so in a manner befitting Christians committed to being imitators of Christ. Do not destroy property, do not violate people, do not fall into the trap of violent and aggressive behavior.
In response to this verdict, please hold back from making any comments that could be used against you. These groups are on high alert and will be watching for any way to increase the pressure against Aasiya [Asia Bibi], Christians and the Church. Let us strive to demonstrate restraint, [as] no use of aggression or physical violence can make up for our loss as a nation and a community. As a praying people, let us trust God and ensure that we demonstrate Him and His Good News at this time.” Open Doors quotes Pakistani Christians.”
“Let us be compassionate to those who mourn and suffer at this time, and let us be prepared with our resources to serve this nation [Pakistan] at a time when a blood bath could easily occur. Be willing to become a public care servant, to demonstrate God’s desire for justice, mercy and humility. If you are a Pakistani and have medical skills or social work skills, be willing to use them. Be watchful, vigilant and calm. God be with us all. To Him be all the Glory,” Pakistani Christians asserted.