Peter Jacob, a human rights activist and a Catholic layman from Pakistan, together with his NGO Center for Social Justice" (CSJ), received the International Religious Freedom Award from the U.S. Department of State Office of International Religious Freedom for his faithful efforts to help religious minorities in Pakistan.
In an incident at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport last week, a Christian security officer was threatened with blasphemy charges by another employee for stopping a vehicle that did not have the necessary documents to enter the cargo area.
In Pakistan, civil society groups called for an end to “unabated attacks on people belonging to religious minorities” in Pakistan. They were speaking at a peaceful protest staged by a Christian-led rights organization at the Karachi Press Club on February 6 against the January 30 killing of Christian Pastor William Siraj in Peshawar.
Various minority rights groups in Pakistan have announced new peaceful protests in different cities on November 13. The demonstration will protest the rejection of a bill to protect women and men from religious minorities from forced conversion.