Religion: Not much to celebrate this Christmas — Deutsche Welle article on Pakistani Christians

 

2013 was not much different for Pakistani Christians than previous years. This year too, they celebrate Christmas amid growing fear of persecution and widespread discrimination in Muslim-majority Pakistan.

Suicide bombers

On September 22, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the courtyard of Peshawar’s All Saints church, killing 82 people and leaving as many injured. The attack on the church in the northwestern Pakistani city is believed to be the deadliest ever against the Christian community, which makes up about two percent of the 180 million people in Pakistan.

For decades, Peshawar’s All Saints church symbolized religious harmony in the Islamic Republic, and was revered by Christians and Muslims alike. But in the past four or five years, Pakistan has witnessed an unprecedented surge in Islamic extremism and religious fanaticism. Islamist groups, including the Taliban, have repeatedly targeted religious minorities in the country to impose their strict shariah law on People. (…)

Church in pakistan

Before the rise of extremism in Pakistan, Christians celebrated Christmas with much enthusiasm

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