A Pakistani Christian who fled to Bangkok, Thailand following accusations of blasphemy against Islam is speaking out about the severe persecution he has endured since going into exile. Faraz Pervaiz, a human rights advocate who opposes the persecution of Christians, told CBN News that his situation has become dire as radical Muslims have increased the bounty on his head.
CBN News previously reported that Pervaiz sought refuge after radical Muslims found videos and comments about Islam that he and his father shared on social media in 2014. As a result, Pakistan’s Tahreek-e-Labbaik political party released a bounty of $62,000 in 2015, which has increased to $124,000 in 2016. He revealed that his life and his family members lives are in constant danger from those who wish to see him dead.
The most recent development is that his name and address have been published on social media accessible in both Thailand and Pakistan. He’s now at risk of reprisal attacks or murder by vigilante groups as well as terrorist organizations, both of which have carried put extra-judicial executions in Pakistan on the grounds of blasphemy charges. Pervaiz told CBN News “Muhammed Taha Cheema is misusing his power and abusing his authority as an elected official to perpetuate an agenda that harms me and my family.” These people have no intention of safely ensuring that I am conveyed into police custody.
Harsh Islamic law in places like Pakistan calls for death for those accused of blasphemy against Islam. “Please at expediently to save us and our family. This situation has ascended to a critical point wherein if action is not taken immediately we will surely perish at the hands of extremists who aspire to extinguish our lives and silence us,” Pervaiz concluded.
- According to Open Doors USA’s 2020 world watch list, Pakistan ranked fifth in a list of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution. Let’s agree in prayer for a revival to awaken those who are lost in Pakistan.
- Specific prayer of safety (Psalm 91) and plead the Blood of Jesus over Faraz Pervaiz and his family and the peace of God over the hearts and minds.
- For God to cause Muhammed Taha Cheema to show favor and justice to Faraz Pervaiz and his family. Proverbs 21:1-“The King’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it whichever way He wishes.”
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Tiffany Isaza reporting