Every Sunday, thousands came together at St. Peter’s the biggest church in Pakistan. The success of St. Peter’s, which cost $3.8 million to construct made it the most costly in the nation when it opened two years ago — has been hailstone as a symbol of development for Christians and other religious minorities. Further than its gigantic range and increasing attendance, the difficulties worshipers face stand out here as much as at any other non-Muslim worship place in this devastatingly Islamic country. Guards stand outside for the safety of worshipers from any probable dreadful incident.
Prayers for recent Christian martyrs are called on a regular basis during services. Priests utilize alcohol free wine or grape juice during Holy Communion, partly not just it’s cheaper, but also for to keep away from inflaming Muslims who believe drinking is sinful.
Whereas international leaders have paying attention towards efforts in this region of the world on hostility the increasing control of extremists, activists and human rights spectators have observed a different problem scattering inside Pakistan: the targeting of religious minorities. Pew research has placed the Pakistan among the top five overall for marginalizing on religion, singling out its anti-blasphemy statutes. Courts repeatedly use such laws to give death or lifetime imprison sentences to minorities accused of blasphemy. Oftener, their offense is just openly admitting their own faiths.
The problem isn’t just limited to Christians only. All religious minorities here experience discrimination daily, including biased laws, forced religion conversions, and terrorist attacks aimed at minority-sect Muslims, such as Shiites and Ahmadis.
But despite, generally gloomy image, anecdotes of minority empowerment are slowly rising, from sparkling new church like St. Peter’s to rapidly increasing, controlled self-defense efforts among non-Muslims. A swarm of inter-faith campaigner activities is blooming, emphasizing on multi-faith education and less cruelty, while gaining support from pastors and universities.