Christianity in Pakistan

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Christians make up one of the two largest (non-Muslim) religious minorities in Pakistan, along with Hindus.wikipedia
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Mohammad Yousuf (cricketer)

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One of Pakistan's cricketers, Yousuf Youhana, was born Christian, but later converted to Islam, taking the Islamic name Mohammad Yousuf.
Prior to his conversion to Islam, Yousuf was one of the few Christians to play for the Pakistan national cricket team.

2009 Gojra riots

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In 2009, a series of attacks killed eight Christians in Gojra, including four women and a child.
Christians make up 1.6% of Pakistan's predominantly Sunni Muslim population of 210 million people.

2016 Lahore suicide bombing

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On March 27, 2016 over seventy people were killed when a suicide bomber targeting Christians celebrating Easter (though the majority of victims were Muslim in this instance) attacked a playground in Lahore.
The attack targeted Christians who were celebrating Easter.

Peshawar church bombing

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In 2013, a suicide bombing at a Church in Peshawar left more than 100 people dead, and a series of attacks at churches in Lahore in 2015 left 14 dead.
It was the deadliest attack on the Christian minority in the history of Pakistan.

Asia Bibi blasphemy case

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In November 2010, Asia Bibi was sentenced to death by hanging for "blasphemy"; the sentence has to be upheld in higher court before it can be executed.
In 2010, Pakistani Christian woman Aasiya Noreen (undefined –, born c.

Punjab, Pakistan

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Islam was very strong in the provinces of Punjab, Balochistan and the North West Frontier Province, but small native communities of converts to Christianity were formed.
The largest non-Muslim minority is Christians and make up 2.6% of the population.

Rimsha Masih blasphemy case

Rimsha Masih
In August 2012, Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl, reportedly 11 or 14 years old, and an illiterate with mental disabilities was accused of blasphemy for burning pages from a book containing Quranic verses.
She is a member of Pakistan's Christian minority.

John Joseph (bishop)

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Pakistan's Christian community developed a "growing sense of concern", particularly over the strict blasphemy laws – which restricts any insults against the Islamic prophet Muhammad and makes the crime punishable by death – which many activists viewed as "being abused to target religious minorities. In the 1990s, some Christians were arrested on charges of blasphemy, and for protesting that appeared to insult Islam. John Joseph, a bishop in Faisalabad, committed suicide to protest the execution of a Christian man on blasphemy charges.
He committed suicide by shooting himself on 6 May 1998, in protest at the execution of a Christian man on trumped up blasphemy charges by Muslims in Pakistan.

Pakistan Christian Congress

Politically, groups like the Pakistan Christian Congress have arisen.
The party aims to safeguard and advocate the social, religious and political rights of Christians in Pakistan.

Nazir Latif

Latif was one of the distinguished Christian pilots who participated and fought, for Pakistan side, in 1965 Indo-Pak War and the 1971 Winter War.

Forced conversion

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Coerced conversions to Islam from Christianity are a major source of concern for Pakistani Christians, and the minority faces threats, harassment and intimidation tactics from extremists.
The rise of Taliban insurgency in Pakistan has been an influential and increasing factor in the persecution of and discrimination against religious minorities, such as Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, and other minorities.

Balochistan, Pakistan

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Islam was very strong in the provinces of Punjab, Balochistan and the North West Frontier Province, but small native communities of converts to Christianity were formed.
There was also a Christian minority of 26,462 individuals in the province.

Michael John O'Brian

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He also served as the Deputy Chief of Air Staff, and was one of the distinguished Christian pilots who participated in Indo-Pakistan wars of 1947, 1965, and the 1971.

Capital Development Authority (Islamabad)

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Since 2014, the Capital Development Authority (CDA), a public benefit corporation responsible for providing municipal services in Islamabad, has been targeting and demolishing illegal slums who are largely occupied by Christians in the city.
Since 2014, the CDA has been targeting and demolishing illegal slums who are largely occupied by Christians in Islamabad.

Eric G. Hall

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A two-star general in the Pakistan Air Force, Hall had served as Vice Chief of Air Staff and was one of the distinguished Christian pilots who participated in the Indo-Pakistan wars of 1947, 1965 and 1971.

William Hague

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The UK increased financial aid to the country, sparking criticism of British foreign secretary William Hague.
However, in March 2011, Hague was criticised by Cardinal Keith O'Brien for increasing financial aid to Pakistan despite persecution of its Christian minority: "To increase aid to the Pakistan Government when religious freedom is not upheld and those who speak up for religious freedom are gunned down is tantamount to an anti-Christian foreign policy".

Shahbaz Bhatti

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In March 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti was killed by gunmen after he spoke out against Pakistan's blasphemy laws.
Bhatti had been the recipient of death threats since 2009, when he spoke in support of Pakistani Christians attacked in the 2009 Gojra riots in Punjab Province.

Religion in Pakistan

The remaining 4% practice Hinduism, Christianity, Ahmadis, Sikhism and other religions.

Church of Pakistan

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Apart from Catholics, Christians of other denominations re-organized themselves, in India, into the Churches of North and South India respectively, and as the Church of Pakistan in 1970.

The Benjamin Sisters

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The Benjamin Sisters are from a Pakistani Christian family.

Dilshad Najmuddin

Najmuddin belonged to the well-known Pakistani Christian Najmuddin family of Lahore, Pakistan who have run the renowned Joan McDonald schools system in Lahore and Islamabad, since 1921 onwards.

Catholic Church in Pakistan

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On 15 March 2015, two blasts took place at a Roman Catholic Church and a Christ Church during Sunday service at Youhanabad town of Lahore.
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2017 Quetta church attack

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On 17 December 2017, a bomb killed nine and injured fifty-seven.