GENEVA  - Minority religious communities in Pakistan are living in ‘fear and terror’ of extremists amid abductions and forced conversions that the government is helpless to stop, the World Council of Churches (WCC) said on Wednesday.A statement from the WCC’s ruling Central Committee declared that Pakistan’s small Hindu and Christian communities were increasingly subjected to ‘persecution and discrimination’.“Today a significant number of young women of religious minorities ... face violence, including sexual assault, rape, threats and persecution,” said the WCC - an influential global organisation of all Christian faiths except Roman Catholics.These women were “abducted, confined, converted to Islam and forced to marry Muslim men,” while the authorities “seem to be powerless to stop the  fundamentalist forces that are responsible...and are freely operating,” the WCC said.The minority communities, the Geneva-based group added, “are living in a state of fear and terror”.The statement said minority faith leaders had constantly tackled the Pakistani authorities over the situation but they had been ignored. “This lack of protection of religious minorities by the government of Pakistan is unacceptable.”