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Pakistan's Christian Slaves

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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)-- Thousands of Pakistani Christians live like slaves in Punjab's Muslim-owned brick kiln industry.

Working as bonded labor, employees rise at 4 a.m. to make more than 1,000 bricks from mud; although the government has set the price for this task at 500 rupees,  employees are only paid 200 rupees, or $2.25 U.S., according to Pakistan Christian Post sources.

Further, these indentured servants live in company towns called Bhattas in small, single room residences whose rent and utility costs are continuously billed to their company-owned accounts; these unpaid bills can continue for generations as a family's debt is passed from the parents to their children.

As there aren't any nearby medical services, hundreds die annually from TB and other health issues, but should any worker attempt to flee, they are hunted-down and charged 50,000 rupees for the expenses incurred by their employers to bring them back to the Bhatta.

There are even accounts of Christians being forced to sell their own kidneys in order to pay off the debt to their Muslim masters, recoup their freedom and leave these latter-day industrial plantations.

"Christians are slaves in Punjab while Hindus from lower casts are also slaves in Sindh province in Pakistan,” said Nazir Bhatti, president of the Pakistan Christian Congress.

Bhatti urged Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudhry to free thousands of Christians and Hindus from industrial slavery in Pakistan.

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3 thoughts on “Pakistan's Christian Slaves

  1. This is terrible but the book of Revelation predicts it to happen.  "And  the kings of the earth, and the great men; and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains..."

      • It doesn't! Lucille's response is typical of that given by many who call themselves Christians. It is a way out. The thinking goes, "Since things are going to get worse and worse while we await the return of Jesus to rapture His Church, and the worse it gets, the closer He gets; and since it is all fortold, therefore I can do nothing about it, I will do absolutely nothing. I will justify my doing nothing by saying that God has fortold us that all this evil is going to happen. I will pray that He comes back soon and takes me away before it has any affect on me!"

        Sadly, many are going to be turned away one day with the words, "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

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