Pakistan, home of 'rent-a-mob'

Friday, March 15, 2019
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

anti-Christian mob violenceChristians in Pakistan are facing more violent mob attacks at the hands of enraged Muslims – and in most cases, it all starts with a false accusation of blasphemy.

Four Christian women last month were falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan which erupted into mob violence that resulted in 200 Christian families being displaced. According to the reports, it all started over a property dispute.

Meanwhile, earlier this month in the South Asian country, a mentally disabled Christian was accused of blasphemy resulting in his family being attacked.

William Stark with the persecution watchdog International Christian Concern explains why mob violence is quite common in Pakistan.

"Some of my Pakistani co-workers, they like to say in Pakistan you have kind of a rent-a-mob culture," he says. "So mobs form pretty easily [here], mob violence is pretty easily stoked – and blasphemy accusations are one of the easiest ways to get a mob going."

Stark tells OneNewsNow the mob violence associated with accusations of blasphemy is really the most powerful threat that the blasphemy laws carry in a place like Pakistan.

"What people are really afraid of is the mob violence that happens in and around that," he laments. "You have whole neighborhoods that get burned down, you've had individuals shot outside of the courthouse, you've had individuals beaten."

Stark calls on the Pakistani government to curb the abuse of the country's blasphemy laws.


Editor's note: The image above does not specifically depict mob violence in Pakistan.

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