Pakistani Christian woman threatened by Muslim extremists because of church ministry

A Christian woman in Karachi, Pakistan, received kidnapping and death threats from a group of Muslim extremists on her way home from preaching at a local church.

(REUTERS / Akhtar Soomro)A general view of houses in Arkanabad neighborhood in Karachi, Pakistan September 7, 2017.

On Sept. 20, a group of Muslim extremists stopped 22-year-old Rita David as she was returning home from a church service and warned that they would kidnap and kill her if she did not stop preaching about the Christian faith. She is known to be active in the church ministry, Christian youth meetings, Bible studies, and distribution of Bible tracts, Pakistan Christian Post detailed.

Police officials from the area of Korangi said they received a report about a threat to a Christian woman. A judge has also ordered an investigation into the incident so that a formal FIR could be filed.

Christians in Pakistan do not live an easy life, and they are reportedly subjected to persecution in various forms. To shed more light on their situation, the European Organization for Pakistani Minorities organized an event called "Persecution without Prosecution: The Plight of Pakistani Christians" at the U.N. in Geneva last month, the group said in a news release.

Dr. Mario Silva, IFFRAS executive director and the event's moderator, opened the event with a speech decrying Pakistan as the 4th most dangerous country for people of faith. He also pointed to Christians as the most persecuted group in the South Asian country and the subject of a high number of incidents of violence, threats, terror attacks, and social discrimination.

Pastor Farrukh Harrison, another speaker in the event and a victim of persecution from Pakistan, remarked that their country has been envisioned as a nation exclusive for Muslims. He also said the discrimination and persecution of religious minorities stemmed from the Pakistani Constitution of 1973 which banned minorities from holding higher government positions.

In light of the situation, Pastor Harrison called on the international community to intervene and launch investigations into the incidents of persecution in Pakistan. At the end of the event, Dr. Silva expressed hope that discrimination against Christians in the country would soon be defeated.