Pakistani Muslim Leaders Threaten to Kill Christians

Muslim religious leaders in Pakistan reportedly have issued a fatwa (order) stating that two Pakistani Christians will be killed for every Muslim who dies during any American strike on Afghanistan. Earlier, Maulana Sami ul-Haq, a former member of Pakistan's legislative assembly, now closely connected to international Islamic extremist movements, told journalists that the Koran clearly states that Jews and Christians are the enemies of Muslims and by inference should be killed.

Meanwhile, persecution of Christians in Pakistan continues. On the evening of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., a Christian restaurant owner was beaten to death by a gang of Muslim men who refused to pay for their meal saying, "Take your payment from America." In Rawalpindi five Christian families were dragged from their homes and savagely beaten by Muslim mobs during anti-American protests. In a separate incident in Lahore, a gang of Muslims set fire to a church. When the minister attempted to stop them he was beaten. Another church was reportedly stoned by Muslim rioters, and a Christian school broken into and vandalized. At least three more churches have also been attacked.

Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of the Barnabas Fund, commented, "The situation is extremely serious and demands urgent attention. Never in living memory has the situation for Christian minorities in the Islamic world been so precarious."

Barnabas Fund via MissionNet News