Christians make up the largest religious minority in Pakistan. But outspokenness in defense of one’s faith, or public opposition to the country’s laws forbidding blasphemy against Islam, carries great risks to life and limb. Christians are often targeted by Muslim vigilantes, who can operate without fear of government reprisal. And in 2011, two prominent political figures were assassinated for their stances against the criminalization of blasphemy.

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