11/08/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Faraz Pervaiz fled to Thailand from Pakistan after radical Muslims discovered videos, caricatures, and statements he and his father posted on social media went viral in 2014. Not long after, posters in Karachi displayed a bounty with reward money for the execution of Pervaiz.
Pervaiz is a human rights activist known for his speaking out for minority Christians after a mob looted and destroyed 116 houses and two churches in 2013. According to UCA News, Pervaiz led protests that “challenged both the politics and theology of Islam, [he] presented his interpretations of the Quran and criticized the Prophet, Muhammad.” In Pakistan, this amounts to extreme blasphemy, punishable by death.
The Tahreek-e-Labbaik political party released the first bounty of $62,000 in 2015. The next year a cleric doubled it to $124,000. A video released by a radical Pakistani Muslim called to every Muslim to find Pervaiz and his family in Thailand and kill him.