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Atrocities against minority Christians growing rapidly in Pak, says activist

Minorities in Pakistan, especially Christians, are facing constant discrimination and persecution by state and non-state agencies, alleges Noel Malik, a political activist and member of Pakistan Minorities Alliance.In a recent interview, Malik said that Christians in Pakistan are facing atrocities of highest degree, with the state subjecting them to arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances and even cold-blooded homicides. They (Christians) are not secure, there is no safety. Discrimination and persecution is widespread. Blasphemy laws are still there. In fact, I feel the situation is deteriorating every day and minorities are finding it hard to sustain in Pakistan, Malik said.In places, where the minorities are not facing death threats, they are treated as second class citizens and discriminated on grounds of education, employment and religious belief.Abusive enforcement of Pakistan s blasphemy laws has further suppressed the lives of minorities. The law enforcement agencies ...

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