Category: Pakistan


Escape from abuse and forced prostitution

Kidnapped by a Muslim man she didn’t know and forced into marriage, Pakistani Christian Salma Ashiq endured three years of misery before finally managing to escape. CSI’s local partners are working to protect Salma and to ensure that those guilty of abusing her are brought to justice. Salma, who is now 24 years old, comes… Read more »

Joy as youth accused of blasphemy is released from prison

After more than four years in prison, Pakistani Christian Nabeel Masih has been released on bail. The youth had been sentenced to ten years’ detention on blasphemy charges. Christian Solidarity International (CSI) has long been campaigning for Nabeel’s release and welcomes the news that he is finally free. Nabeel, who had been praying to God… Read more »

Abducted and forcibly married at age 13

Arzoo, a 13-year-old Christian girl, was abducted and forcibly married by a Muslim man over 30 years her senior. Thankfully, following a court ruling, she is now safe in a government-run shelter for women. CSI’s partner in Pakistan is engaged in a legal battle to protect the rights of underage girls like Arzoo and ensure… Read more »

Pakistan: non-Muslim schoolchildren indoctrinated in Islam

Children in Pakistan are forced to learn about Islam from an early age – even those that don’t come from Muslim families. CSI’s local partner is leading a campaign to keep religion out of school books, which fuel hatred against Christians and other minorities. The teaching materials used in Pakistan’s schools are written by Muslims… Read more »

Jailed Pakistani teen prays constantly for his release

Family of jailed Pakistani teenager

Nineteen-year-old Pakistani Christian Nabeel Masih was arrested four years ago on trumped up blasphemy charges. Since then he has spent day and night locked up in a tiny cell. CSI’s project partner visited the teenager in jail and found that his faith remains strong despite the appalling conditions in which he is being held. Nabeel… Read more »

Thousands face hunger in Pakistan amid the coronavirus outbreak

Musami with her two children, Harrison und Mary, in happier times (CSI)

In Pakistan, government measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus are having a huge impact on the poorest members of society who are struggling to find enough to eat. As a result of the lockdown thousands of unskilled workers and day laborers have lost their livelihoods and can barely feed their families. Christians, who… Read more »

Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church: “Persecution of Christians is Unprecedented”

April 29, 2014 Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the bishop responsible for the Russian Orthodox Church’s External Relations Department, spoke extensively about the crisis of anti-Christian religious cleansing in the Middle East in a recent interview.  Christian Solidarity International urges American church leaders to speak with such courage and knowledge about the persecution of Christians in… Read more »

Bishop Nazir-Ali Calls for Equality for Christians and other Groups, Women in Arab Spring Countries

ZURICH, Switzerland, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican Bishop of Rochester and co-head of the Anglican-Al Azhar Dialogue, warned in a speech hosted by Christian Solidarity International (CSI) last Thursday against the rising threat of a “tyranny of the majority” in countries affected by the recent Arab revolutions, and called on… Read more »

CSI Issues Genocide Warning for Religious Minorities in the Middle East

New Petition Calls on President Obama to Help Halt Religious Cleansing WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Christian Solidarity International (CSI) issued a Genocide Warning today for endangered religious minorities in the Islamic Middle East, and called on President Barack Obama to make their survival a priority asthe United States responds to the “Arab Spring”…. Read more »