Unchecked religious intolerance in the Pakistani educational system is being blamed for the stabbing of a Christian student.
The student was nearly killed in the attack by a Muslim classmate last month in Karachi, Pakistan.
William Stark with International Christian Concern says unfortunately it is all too common to receive these types of reports as Christians are considered second-class citizens.
"This is kind of a continuation of instances of religious intolerance that are allowed to fester within Pakistan's education system," Stark warns, "that ultimately, every once in a while, erupt into these really violent incidents against Christian students."
Religious discrimination is modeled by school teachers and even taught in the school curriculum, such as social studies books that state Christians are not "full citizens" of Pakistan, Stark advises.
"They have affiliations to the Pope and to Western countries so they can't be trusted," he says of those anti-Christian school lessons. "And if that's being taught from social studies, this really starts to set up this dynamic that Christians aren't supposed to be here. Christians are somewhat less. Christians are suspect."
Stark wants to bring attention to the problem because we all should all agree that every student has the right to receive a proper education without fear of violence because of their religious affiliation.
"So if we can create a larger tent and say, Everyone regardless of your religious identity should be safe at school," he tells OneNewsNow, "I think we can create enough social pressure, or international pressure perhaps, on Pakistan to actually start taking a serious look at its educational system."