Islamist mob attacks, churches set on fire in Punjab, Pakistan.


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Today on Wednesday 16 August 2023, An incident of persecution against the minority community in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad resulted in churches being vandalized and set on fire. According to our staff Pakistani Islamists ransacked and vandalized churches in Jaranwala, Punjab, Pakistan after a Christian man, Raja Ameer, was accused of blasphemy.

Within moments, hundreds of Muslims gathered around Raja Amir’s house, first vandalizing the nearby church, which belongs to the Salvation Army. After the burning of the church and house of the accused Raja Amir, the destruction and burning of houses and churches in the city continues.

According to our team in Punjab, Pakistan, Islamists have vandalized and set fire to 4 churches and dozens of Christian homes.

Despite the passage of 6 hours, the police are unable to restore peace in the city. Even in the presence of the police, Islamists are vandalizing churches and Christian homes. Local Christian families fled their homes to save their lives.

We request the international community to raise its voice for the oppressed Christians of Pakistan. Christians, already a marginalized community in Pakistan, are once again facing the worst persecution.

Farrukh Saif
Farrukh Saif
Farrukh H. Saif is a dedicated Christian Human Rights activist who founded the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 with a passionate mission to assist marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan. These communities face religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. His primary focus is on liberating bonded laborers working in brick kilns in rural Pakistan. In 2018, the Farrukh Saif Foundation merged with the US-based organization, The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. However, Farrukh H. Saif's efforts have made him a target for radical individuals, leading to numerous fatwas against him for alleged insults to Islam and Pakistan, as well as for aiding those accused of blasphemy. Farrukh H. Saif's work is extensive and impactful. Since 2009, his organization has been actively involved in a range of activities to support the marginalized and persecuted people of Pakistan
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