Pakistani Christian women in church (source, here)
As Pakistan’s main churches held special prayers in memory of Salman Taseer, the Punjab governor assassinated for his opposition to a law that punishes insult to Islam by death, Christians in Pakistan spoke of their feelings that they are in a precarious position in their own country.
“Religion in our country has always been a sensitive issue but after the brutal killing of Salman Taseer, we as a minority group feel that the less we talk, the better it is,” said Amna Ayaz, a teacher, adding that with the recent level of intolerance in Pakistani society, she feels it is difficult to decide whether it is safer to “speak less” or keep silent.
Ayaz spoke with ENInews at Lahore Cathedral, the main Protestant church of Lahore, where on Sunday, 16 January, worshippers and members of civil society gathered in memory of Taseer and to counter rising extremism in Muslim-majority Pakistan. Taseer, who was killed on 4 January by one of his security guards, was calling for a review of the blasphemy law after a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death. Taseer had visited Bibi, who is still in prison. Other churches also held special services for Taseer.