Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pakistan Governor murdered because of his support of Christian women on trial.


 
 
 

PAKISTAN

 

SUMMARY: The governor of Punjab, Pakistan, Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated by one of his own guards on January 4, 2011. Taseer had spoken out against the nation's blasphemy laws and was a supporter of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman imprisoned for blasphemy and facing the death sentence.

Salmaan Taseer, governor of Pakistan's most populous province, was gunned down by a member of his team of guards on January 4, 2011. His death comes three years after former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. Taseer was considered "one of [Bhutto's] most prominent supporters."

Taseer's killer said he committed this murder as "punishment for a blasphemer."

The governor had spoken out about Pakistan's vaguely worded blasphemy laws, calling them harsh and unfair. "These laws are used to victimize Christians and other groups," Taseer said.

He was one of only a few officials in Pakistan who defended Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. Because of this support, "Taseer was threatened with fatwas demanding his death and fundamentalist parties mounted demonstrations against him."

Taseer was not frightened by the protests and intimidation. "It was more important that he speak up for those who had long been suffering in silence."

According to analysts, Taseer's assassination has "plunged Pakistan into deeper instability…"

Pakistan is number 11 on the Open Doors World Watch List 2011 of worst persecutors of Christians in the world. WIN partners pray for Pakistan on Day 28 of the Window International Network Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar. 

PRAY FOR:

  • peace to be established and maintained in Pakistan. Ask the Lord to bring an end to the political and spiritual conflict. (The Bible, Psalm 29:11)
  • government leaders and members of security and military forces – especially the assassin – to have the opportunity the hear the Gospel. Pray for their hearts to be softened and for the Word to take root. (The Bible, Matthew 13:23)
  • Muslims to see the evil in this violent and destructive act, and choose to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. (The Bible, John 10:10)
  • a great spiritual awakening in Pakistan. Ask the Lord to use this time of instability and uncertainness to draw multitudes into relationship with Jesus Christ. (The Bible, II Samuel 22:3)
  • Christians in Pakistan to be strong and courageous. Petition the Lord to encourage them and help them not to fear. Pray for them to be reminded that the LORD is with them and will never leave or forsake them. (The Bible, Deuteronomy 31:6)

From The Desk Of > Pakistan Gospel Evangelism Ministries

 

Jorge Parrott
Missions Director
MorningStar/CMM Ministries
803-802-5544 x 392
http://eaglemissions.org