by Ruth Kramer
Mission Network News
After the bombings, angry Christians began smashing windows and blocking traffic in Lahore. The mob also killed two people suspected of involvement in the attacks.
Christians make up only about 1%-2% of Pakistan’s population, but some analysts say they account for up to 10% of Lahore’s population. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom, due to the misuse of the country’s blasphemy laws, tensions have been steadily increasing over the last five years. The law stipulates that any person who defiles the name of the prophet Muhammad or the Quran may be punished by life in prison or death.
According to the Voice of the Martyrs USA, churches in Pakistan are frequently vandalized. The largest attack against the Christian community in Pakistan’s history occurred in September 2013 when Islamist suicide bombers attacked the All Saints Church in Peshawar between church services, killing over 80 Christians and injuring hundreds more...