Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

US commission documents violence against Pakistan’s religious minorities

Catholic World News - July 22, 2013

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has published a report documenting incidents of violence against religious minorities in Pakistan between January 2012 and June 2013.

75% of Pakistan’s 190 million people are Sunni Muslims, while 20% are Shia Muslims.

“The findings are sobering: 203 incidents of sectarian violence resulting in more than 1,800 casualties, including over 700 deaths,” the commission found. “The Project’s findings paint a grim and challenging picture for the new government of Prime Minister Newaz Sharif.”

The report found that Christians were the object of 37 of the 203 attacks.

The report “is not exhaustive and some acts of violence are certain to have been overlooked,” the commission acknowledged.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($25,000 to go):
$25,000.00 $0.00
100% 0%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Essence of Evangelization 5 hours ago
The Finn resignation: 10 years too late, bishops face accountability 6 hours ago
Evangelization Itself 7 hours ago
Church Fathers: The Other Greek Apologists April 19
Mysteries, again and again! April 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - 17 hours ago