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7th Rangers: Pakistan: Christians in Punjab conceal the cross, wear hijab to escape persecution and harassment By Robert Spencer
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" “When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

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" “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,
for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

He hoped his shoes were shining



Just as bright as his brass
"Step forward you Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns

Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
The Soldier squared his shoulders and said
And I never passed a cry for help
Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.

They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand,



I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

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Pakistan: Christians in Punjab conceal the cross, wear hijab to escape persecution and harassment By Robert Spencer
Sunday, March 20, 2022


Jihad Watch : This is Islamic law to this day: Sharia stipulates that dhimmi Jews and Christians under the “protection” of the Islamic state — are “forbidden to openly display wine or pork, (A: to ring church bells or display crosses,) recite the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals and feastdays” (Reliance of the Traveller, o11.5(6)).

“For Christians Living In Rural Punjab, It Is Best To Abandon The Holy Cross And Biblical Names,” by Rebecca Gill, Friday Times, March 15, 2022:

Punjab is a highly populated province where most Christians reside. There are many Christian institutes, schools, and churches in the region. Yet, the community becomes a victim of persecution, blasphemy, abduction, killing, and murder. The discrimination faced by Christians in rural Punjab is largely underreported.

Christians are the second largest minority group in Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, 1.59 percent of the total population of Christians are living in Pakistan, a majority are living in Punjab (2.31 percent) out of which 1.87 percent live in Rural Punjab, and 3.27 percent live in the urban part of Punjab.

I recently met some Christian families in Sheikhupura, Punjab, who shockingly deny being Christians and identify as Muslims. They have abandoned their Christian names and have adopted the Muslim ones. “I changed my name because I faced discrimination by the instructors of Islamiyat classes in school,” says forty-year-old Saba Kamran*. “I have started to wear a hijab so people can’t find out more about me. My life has become much easier,” she adds.

Her husband, Asmat Ullah*, worked in a cement factory where all the employees were Muslims. He was the only Christian. “I was always discriminated against because of my faith, and some of the Muslim employees used to harass me and make slogans to tease me. I resigned from the job in 2012,” he says. Thereafter, Asmat Ullah adopted a Muslim lifestyle. “I wear shalwar kameez on Jumas and pretend to be a ‘fake’ Muslim, so that my office staff feels I’m a Muslim.”

Saba and Asmat have given their three children Muslim names. “We have strictly instructed them to never disclose their religion,” he says.

“I was always discriminated against because of my faith, and some of the Muslim employees used to harass me and make slogans to tease me. I resigned from the job in 2012,” he says.

Ayesha Sohail* started wearing an abaya and hijab when she was in school. “My mother suggested I cover myself in school and college like other Muslim girls. Since then my life has been free of discrimination and harassment, as no one in my class knows I am a Christian. I take Islamic Studies classes with them and pretend to be a Muslim,” she adds.

A young Christian boy, who works in a clothing factory, says that he is proud to be a Christian, “But because of my faith, I often face challenges.” He used to wear a cross till some time ago.

He stopped wearing it because Muslims would ask weird questions on seeing it around his neck.
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