Pakistan's Christians mourn, and fear for their future
Pakistani Christians attend a funeral ceremony in Khushpu.
March 8th, 2011
11:56 AM ET

Pakistan's Christians mourn, and fear for their future

As they wailed and wept and prayed under the tin awning that shades the path into this clustered colony of small homes, the question on the minds the Pakistani Christians gathered in Gojra was expressed by a priest: "Who will protect us now?"

Last week's brutal assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's Minorities Minister and sole Christian Cabinet minister, has united his coreligionists in despair — not for the first time. "Life here stopped in horror," says Pastor Zulfikar, as he is widely known in the community, of the moment that the news of Bhatti's murder had arrived. "We couldn't speak. We couldn't eat," he says, his voice growing thicker with emotion. "Our greatest leader had been martyred, and we began to worry again."

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  1. Altee11

    This is paltry coverage of a minority suffering in Pakistan.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  2. Michael

    It's always awkward for bigots and racists when somebody kills a Christian in the third world. "must...not...be...happy...about...this..."

    March 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  3. NigelDeuce

    Ok everyone, who would win in an tag team fight?
    Jesus and Allah vs. Thor and Iron Man
    The setting would be in the Scientology building in Hollywood.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  4. fakhredin

    Events of 2011 and 2012: Shaul Mofaz in the spring of 2011 Israeli Prime Minister is – his government 14 to 15 months as it takes – and soldiers Muslim commander of Imam Mahdi – Israel's destruction – the King of Jordan Syria Iraq captured to the summer and fall 2011 – he fights with Turkey – the end of summer 2011 – and his soldiers in the desert between Mecca and Medina are down to earth – at the end of 2011 –
    Jordanian and Western troops – are involved in Egypt – Saudi king dies in its power struggle starts – -45P/Honda-Mrkos comet meteors in 14 to 20 August 2011 to deal with the land – its largest in in East Asia comes down
    26 August 2011 a huge star in the sky East to explode three or seven days to show signs of burns and this is the Imam Mahdi – In the spring of 2011 earthquake in northern Israel can happen – Jesus between the months of May to August 2012 are shown – and Imam Mahdi will help to establish justice in the world

    March 9, 2011 at 6:42 am |
  5. doctore0

    Ahhh the old tribal war run with the magic books.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • AbduAllAh

      @doctoreo...Shahbaz Bhatti knew it already that he could be killed for his cause and belief but yet pursuit and ultimately die for it.

      How about you doctor, are you willing to die for your unbelief?

      March 9, 2011 at 5:03 am |
    • doctore0

      We all have to die someday; I prefer not to die for a lie, religion is a lie, get over it and praise humanity

      March 9, 2011 at 5:59 am |
    • NigelDeuce

      I wouldn't have to die because I'd cast a shield of resistance spell against your self self righteousness spell.

      March 9, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  6. Upperhand

    The Five Deceptions of Islam:

    1.) "Islam is a religion of love."
    2.) "Islam is a religion of peace."
    3.) "Allah is just another name for God."
    4.) "We worship Jesus Christ like you do."
    5.) "Koran is the Divine Word of Allah."

    Unlike Islam, Koran, Hadith, etc....Jesus Christ teaches us the following:

    Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?" Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. 'And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." – Mark 12:28-31

    March 9, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • doctore0

      You are talking pure slavery there.. crawling in the dust for some imaginary magic man AKA Israel.

      'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' <– What if masochist?

      March 9, 2011 at 3:00 am |
  7. Reality

    The reality of Jesus:

    Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction?

    Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

    March 8, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Melissa

      The reality of Jesus:
      He still loves you despite what you say about Him.

      March 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  8. jonathan

    Let us in the US rejoice in them who are afflicted and persecuted for righteousness sake...

    March 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  9. jonathan

    Chistians need not dispair..Jesus is with us all...

    God is spirit....and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth...

    Christians in the USA owe it to our brethren throughout the world to hold them up in prayer..continously praying that their faith does not waver and that they should be much bolder for God , by the Holy Spirit falling on them.....

    March 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Jonathan..better idea.. why dont we all think of ourselves as human, and that we are brothers and sisters. You embrace subdivisions based on mythology and then enjoy telling the other myths they are wrong and you are right.. of course no evidence exists for ether view. Can you see the result...my god is better than yours... hence the hassles... and the human race is being dragged into this maelstrom of stupidity. people are dying for myths nothing more.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:10 am |
    • pat robertson

      Yeah we all know that talking or thinking to yourself solves all the worlds' problems.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  10. Reality

    The debate ends with the following messages for saving our fellow men and women in less than 100 words:

    Simplifying the saving of 1.5 billion lost Muslim souls:
    There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam

    Simplifying the saving of 2 billion lost Christian souls:
    There was and never will be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity

    Simplifying the saving of 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    Abraham and Moses never existed.

    Added details upon request.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  11. Donaldbain

    Some distressed Christians? Why hasn't the Pope come to visit? Why would you be a Christian in Pakistan?, some sort of death wish? The US is always in the market for narrow eyed religious fanatics, so start lining up at the border.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Justina

      We are Christian because Jesus alone is the Way, the Truth, the Life. He is worth dying for and living for.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • evolvedDNA

      Justina..meaningless drivel Im afraid..lots of words strung together but it makes no sense. Death cults are dangerous and you are getting pulled into the abyss

      March 9, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Justina

      EvolvedDNA, I'm praying for you that you will be saved by believing in Jesus, the Savior of the world.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:18 am |
  12. David Johnson

    I think it would be a good time for the Pakistan Christians, to find Allah, and embrace Islam.

    If it's one made up god or the other, I'd take the path of least resistance.

    So, my soon to be Pakistan Muslims, let's practice shouting, "Allah Akbar"!


    March 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Nicholas

      Not funny. Grow up.

      March 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • jack jeckel

      I'd have to agree. If your life is in the balance you might has well choose the myth that keeps you alive longer because once your dead that's it.

      March 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • AbduAllAh

      Try practicing Atheism in Pakistan and be vocal as you are here in this board. Then, let see what you've got.

      March 9, 2011 at 4:54 am |
  13. Reality

    Simply a continuation of Islam's murderous ways in that part of the globe:

    The Muslim Conquest of the Region (presently Pakistan, India and Bangladesh).
    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    March 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  14. The Dirty Paki

    Why couldn't all Pakistani girls be like her?

    March 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • David Johnson

      In America, land of the hot, even our plain girls are hotter.

      March 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  15. The Dirty Paki

    Why couldn't all Pakistani girls be like her?

    March 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
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