Pakistani Christians in Danger as Taliban Grows

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Just last week, Pakistan ratified a treaty with the Taliban, giving up control of the Swat Valley in return for promises of peace.

Now it appears the agreement has only made the radical Islamic group more powerful.

When the Pakistani government made a deal with the Taliban and allowed it to occupy the scenic Swat Valley, it may have thought it was buying some peace.

But the Taliban has become more aggressive, even temporarily moving into neighboring Buner province, another step closer to the capital of islamabad. They pulled out after an international uproar.

Christians have long been persecuted in the majority Muslim country, but church leaders fear that the Taliban's growing power will make life intolerable for those who refuse to convert to Islam.

"Our reports and our coworkers in the area say believers there are deep in hiding and generally, they are very afraid for the coming months as the Taliban continue to take more control over this area," said Carl Moeller of Open Doors USA. "So we're asking people to continue to remember the Christians there in prayer for what's facing them."

What is facing them is Islamic Sharia law.

Bibles are illegal. Music and singing are banned and punishments include flogging and amputations. Sharing the message of Christ is also punishable by death.

The Pakistan Christian Congress is appealing to the U.S. and the EU to press the government in Pakistan to take necessary measures to stop the Taliban and the spread of Sharia law in Pakistan.

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