No Compulsion in Religion Alert from AP, with thanks to Morgaan Sinclair:
PESHAWAR, Pakistan “” Christians in northwest Pakistan have received threatening letters warning them to shut their churches and convert to Islam, officials said Thursday, the latest sign of how religious extremists are trying to police society.
Copies of the handwritten letter were delivered to two churches and several Christians’ homes in Charsadda, a northwestern Pakistan town where the federal interior minister last month escaped a homicide attack that killed 28 people.
Christians have alerted police to the letters and security has been stepped up at churches, said a local police official, Ali Haider.
Police are investigating who sent the unsigned notes, which gave the Christians 10 days to convert, Haider said.
He said the letter did not say what consequences they might face if they did not comply with the ultimatum, which expires May 17….
Asif Daudzai, minister for information in North West Frontier Province, which includes Charsadda, said authorities would uphold minorities’ freedom of religion.
“No one will be allowed to do it (force them to convert). Christians and other minorities are free to go to churches and temples and live according to their religion,” Daudzai said.