Pakistan’s Persecuted Christians

Forman is Pakistan’s leading Christian educational institution, now celebrating its 150th anniversary. Only 600 of its 6,000 students are Christian; what’s remarkable is how fully integrated into campus life they are. Like many non-Christian Pakistanis, I owed my education to Christian teachers, both at Forman and at my previous school, Burn Hall in Abbottabad, which … Continue reading Pakistan’s Persecuted Christians

Pakistan’s first sect-free mosque calls for end to discrimination

Darul Iman Jamia Masjid Qurtuba’s story is as dramatic as the sectarian history of Pakistan. The newly-built mosque in Islamabad’s Margalla foothills is calling upon its followers to stop discriminating along sectarian lines and to start praying together – in whichever way they like – under the same roof. Zahid Iqbal is a local businessman … Continue reading Pakistan’s first sect-free mosque calls for end to discrimination

Conversions threaten Pakistan’s “Macedonian” tribe

Nestled among the valleys of Pakistan’s mountainous northwest, a tiny religious community that claims descent from Alexander the Great’s army is under increasing pressure from radicals bent on converting them to Islam. The Kalash, who number just about 3,500 in Pakistan’s population of 180 million, are spread over three valleys along the border with Afghanistan. … Continue reading Conversions threaten Pakistan’s “Macedonian” tribe