Another Teenage Christian in Pakistan Beaten, Accused of Blasphemy

Muslim mob continues thrashing him at police check-post.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Muslim mob in rural Punjab Province, Pakistan stormed a police station to continue beating a 16-year-old Christian boy accused of blaspheming the Koran, sources said. Asif Masih, illiterate and mildly mentally challenged according to his father, was so badly beaten by the mob in Punjab Province’s Gujranwala District on […]

Judge in Pakistan Urges Parliament to Prosecute Blasphemy Cases under Terrorism Laws

Constitutionality questioned.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In an expanded order to remove “blasphemous” content from social media in Pakistan, a high court judge included a recommendation that Parliament include terrorism charges against those accused of blasphemy. Last Saturday’s (Aug. 12) recommendation by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court is unlikely to result in […]

Pastors in India Put Trust in God amid Persecution

Jailed, beaten church leaders keep their sights upward.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – As two Hindu extremists gripped his hands while others beat him last week in northern India, Pastor Amar Stephen was asking God to forgive them. “Some attackers were holding both my hands so I couldn’t move, while others in the mob beat me,” he told Morning Star News. “At that […]

Police Disingenuous in Hindu Extremist Assault on Pastors in Tamil Nadu, India, Sources Say

Officers arrest non-Hindu to hide religious motive for attack, sources say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Hard-line Hindus used steel rods and a butcher’s knife to attack a father-son pastoral team in Tamil Nadu state, India, injuring the brain tissue of the elder clergyman, sources said. In Thyagaraja Nagar, in the Sirkali area of Nagapattinam District, 28-year-old pastor Daniel Jebraj was returning home on July 19 […]

Calling Worship ‘Unlawful Assembly,’ Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, Arrest Six Christians

Officers verbally, physically harass congregation.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Berating and slapping a pastor for reading the Bible instead of Hindu texts, police in Uttar Pradesh state, India last month detained six Christians under “unlawful assembly” laws for worshiping together, sources said. After traveling from Etah village to a church in nearby Pujaripurvah, the six Christians were detained for […]

Pastor in Punjab State, India Shot Dead

Hindu extremists suspected..

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India’s Punjab state was shot dead in front of his church premises two months after Hindu extremists took offense at a gospel event celebrating his church’s 25th anniversary, sources said. Pastor Sultan Masih of Temple of God was found shot dead at Peer Banda Mohalla in the […]

Islamists in Pakistan Accuse Christian Minor of Blaspheming Islam’s Prophet

No motive given for alleged comment.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A member of an Islamic extremist group in Pakistan has accused a Christian minor of blasphemy after the boy had an argument with a Muslim, sources said. Hina Shafaqat, mother of 17-year-old Shahzad Masih, told Morning Star News that her son had been wrongly implicated in the case by a […]

Pakistan’s Calculated Spin on Apparent Killing of Chinese Evangelists

Interior ministry’s statement sends chilling message to foreign Christians.

(Morning Star News) – Islamabad’s claim that “violations” of business visas contributed to the murder of two Chinese evangelists last month served key government purposes. Lee Zing Yang (Li Xinheng is said to be the more accurate rendering), 24, and Meng Li Si (Meng Lisi), 26, were teaching Chinese to people in Pakistan, and, like […]

Hindu Extremist Attack in Odisha State, India Ends in ‘Agreement’ Stopping Worship Services

Injured Christians forced to sign document.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – After an attack in eastern India in which a Christian was seriously injured, police and Hindus this month created an “agreement” – without participation of church members – effectively halting worship services, sources said. Church members were bullied into signing the agreement, they said. As a result, in the tribal […]

Hospital in Pakistan Accused of Letting Christian Die Requests Arrest of Relatives, Colleagues

Medical superintendent tries to pressure family to drop case, sources say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Hospital officials are trying to pressure family members of a Christian who died from lack of treatment to drop charges against them by ordering their arrest, sources said. A court in Pakistan has ordered police to register a case against family members and colleagues of Christian sanitation worker Irfan Masih, […]