Story number 1 for 21 Jan 2003

By January 21, 2003

(Pakistan)–We begin today in Pakistan where the survivors of a brutal Christmas Day attack are demanding justice and protection. Although the government promised to take quick and stern action against the perpetrators, no charges have been brought. In response, the evangelical community is mounting growing protest. Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton. “There’s definitely a call for the government there to take action, and there’s a very real fear among the Christians that, if the government will not prosecute this case, which is so blatant, they won’t prosecute any case against those who attack Christians.” Nettleton says the situation may become dangerous for those involved with Christian work. “They have become targets in their own country. In fact, churches and Christian institutions there have been told to take down all their signage so that they are less visible, and less of a target. It’s a challenge for them to try to continue to carry out their ministry, and at the same time, keep a low profile and not be as visible.”

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