Posted by: becketfund | May 16, 2007

Pakistan: Christians Threatened with Forced Conversion in North West Frontier Province

The Associated Press reports that about 500 Pakistani Christians have received letters threatening to make them victims of bomb attacks if they did not close their churches and convert to Islam. Many have complained that there has been little interest on the government’s part, as local police termed the letters a joke and stationed only two policemen to guard the churches. However, this incident is the latest in what Pakistan’s minorities and secular parties have termed the “Talibanization” of the North West province; already, stores selling Western films and barbers who have trimmed beards have been bombed or threatened.

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