“They select the government, and they rule the government through a democracy in Pakistan. And I mean, you can say puppets…It’s very common in Pakistan now that civilians or the business community are meeting with [the] chief of army in Pakistan,” Brother Nehemiah explains.
“[The] army says they don’t call it a soft coup, they call it compulsory intervention. They thought ‘we have to intervene in the civil government.’”
Coup Historical past in Pakistan
Because it seems, smooth coups are widespread in Pakistan. This commonality stems from Pakistan’s historical past. The nation was military-controlled for over three many years (1958-1971; 1977-1988; 1999-2008). Brother Nehemiah says today, most Pakistanis aren’t involved with smooth coups.
Nonetheless, there’s a shift occurring within the tradition. Pakistani society has sometimes held excessive respect for its army. Now, this sentiment is beginning to change. Brother Nehemiah says there are teams of individuals with much less endearing emotions in direction of the army who now not help the military’s obligatory intervention.
Concern for Christian Persecution
Moreover, this smooth coup has the potential to extend Christian persecution within the nation.
“The military are…controlling the media. In print media, or electronic media, they’re trying to deter them and there is no news going out. So, people [have] more leverage, or I mean more privileged, to hunt down Christians,” Brother Nehemiah says.
Pakistan already has strict blasphemy legal guidelines on the books. These blasphemy legal guidelines carry an computerized demise sentence prefaced with a price. Nonetheless, sufficient proof isn’t a necessity for a blasphemy conviction. The result’s an abuse of the blasphemy legal guidelines, and minorities like Christians are sometimes falsely convicted. Learn extra about Pakistan’s blasphemy legal guidelines right here.
Given this context, one can think about the hazard posed to minorities when a army undermines its authorities, takes management over the media, and inconsistently utilized blasphemy legal guidelines can be found for abuse.
With this in thoughts, pray for the preparations of Pakistani Christians enduring this coup. Pray for his or her safety and creativity in persevering with their ministry. Pray for justice in Pakistan regardless of the corruption. Lastly, pray for the Gospel to melt exhausting hearts.
Header picture courtesy of FMI.