PAKISTAN – Pakistani Christians Fear New Security Mandate May Lead to Church Closures
International Christian Concern | Jan. 8, 2019
On January 2, the government of the Punjab province in Pakistan mandated that churches comply with set security standards by March 31 or faced forcible closure. Pakistani Christians fear this will lead to the closure of many churches across the country.
With less than three months, many churches will struggle to meet the standards set by the provincial government. Due to widespread discrimination, Christians are forced to exist on the lowest rung of Pakistan’s social and economic ladder. Church leaders fear their communities will be unable to provide funding to pay for the new security updates.