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Salamat in a police van; his mother and attorney - Photo: Morning Star News - https://morningstarnews.org
Salamat speaking with his mother and attorney.
Photo: Morning Star News

On February 13th, Haroon Ayub Masih and his friend Salamat Mansha Masih were accused of blasphemy after reading the Bible out loud at a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, and then offering a Christian book to a Muslim man. Haroon and his family escaped into hiding, but Salamat was arrested (read more).

During the two months Salamat spent in prison before seeing a judge on April 16th, he faced severe mental and physical torture. His family members were not allowed to see him until the day of his court appearance. One week afterwards, his loved ones were finally able to speak with him for the first time. During the visit, they learned of the repeated death threats he faced and that, due to the severity of the torture, he succumbed to a confession of the blasphemy charges and the authorities' forceful coercion for him to disclose the names other Christians in his Bible study circle. The police also questioned him about the whereabouts of Haroon.

Salamat's lawyer has been unable to convince the court nor senior police officials of the gravity of the illegal actions that are taking place in the prison. Salamat's bail is being sought, but the chances of success are considered very slim. For additional reports on the challenges facing Christians in Pakistan, go to our country report.

Please prayerfully uphold Salamat as he withstands physical and mental abuse because of his faith in Jesus Christ. Pray that God will provide him needed protection, as well as the grace and strength to overcome this season of suffering. Through the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit, may Salamat experience an even deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus. And while awaiting deliverance from imprisonment, may he seize opportunities to minister to fellow inmates and even the very officers who have tortured him. Also pray for the continued protection of Haroon. May God's justice and truth ultimately prevail for both of these Christian men.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC partners to train Christian women in sewing skills throughout Pakistan to provide a sustainable source of income for their families and encourage them in their faith and witness for Christ.

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Women’s Ministry

Country Information

Population
238,181,034 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Punjabi (44.7), Pashtun [Pathan] (15.4), Sindhi (14.1), Saraiki (8.4) Muhajirs (7.6) Balochi (3.6), Other (6.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (96.5), Other - Christian and Hindu (3.5)

Leader
President Arif Alvi (2018)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Common law system with Islamic law influence

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Pakistan

Pray that amendments will be made to Pakistan's existing blasphemy laws so that the country's citizens – including its children – will be protected from injustice and abuse. May our Lord's mercy and justice prevail, not only in the judiciary system but also in the hearts of the country's militants. Ask Him to transform their "hearts of stone" into hearts that are receptive to His love, mercy and the workings of His Holy Spirit – not only for the purpose of protecting the Christian minority but also for the salvation of their own eternal souls.

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