Police in Pakistan Downplay Signs of Arson in Fire at Christian TV Station

Islamist threats, broken locks, witness statements discounted.

KARACHI, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police are downplaying several signs pointing to arson in a fire reported at 3 a.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 24) at the office of a Christian cable TV station in Karachi, sources said. Gawahi Television chief Sarfraz William said the fire at the popular Christian channel’s office in Akhtar Colony was […]

Court in Pakistan Acquits Muslims Accused of Raping Two Christian Girls

Prosecution absent, key witness bribed, sources say.

LONDON (Morning Star News) – Two Muslim men who raped two Christian sisters in Pakistan last year have been acquitted after Islamists pressured a key witness not to testify and a prosecutor failed to show up in court, family and legal sources said. The two teenaged girls (names withheld) had gone to a toilet in a […]

Police Set Up Christian in Pakistan with False Blasphemy Charge, Sources Say

In separate incident, Muslim teachers assault Christian headmaster.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police have filed a false blasphemy charge against a Christian in Sargodha after he refused their requests for money, a relative said. In a separate incident also in Punjab Province, Muslim high school teachers assaulted a Christian headmaster because he had been promoted over them and refused to comply with […]

Pastor in Bangladesh Describes Attempt to Slit His Throat

Member of violent Islamist group suspected.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (Morning Star News) – Two of the three suspected Muslim extremists who tried to cut the throat of a pastor in northwestern Bangladesh last week met with him in mid-September and feigned interest in converting, the church leader told Morning Star News. Luke Sarker, the 52-year-old pastor of Faith Bible Church in Ishwardi, Pabna […]

Supreme Court Ruling Said to Signal Positive Change in Pakistan

Upholding of death sentence for killer of critic of blasphemy laws a ‘strong sign,’ advocates say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Supreme Court decision to uphold the death sentence for an Islamist who killed Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer because of his objections to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws signals government resolve against Islamic extremism, human rights advocates said. The high court on Wednesday (Oct. 7) upheld the October 2011 death sentence for […]

Pastor Beaten Unconscious in Madhya Pradesh, India

Hindu extremists continue to use ‘anti-conversion’ law to jail victims of attacks.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in Madhya Pradesh state is recovering after Hindu extremists last month beat him unconscious and left him in a pool of blood, sources said. About 20 Hindu extremists in Fattiguda, Jhabua on Sept. 10 kicked, punched and beat with a club pastor Ajmer Singh Damor of Shalom Church, […]

Aid Worker Assassinated in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Islamic State claims responsibility for killing.

(Morning Star News) – The Islamic State (IS) has taken responsibility for gunning down the Italian program manager of a Christian-backed aid group on Monday (Sept. 28) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. An online statement claiming to be from the Islamic extremist IS said a “security detachment” from the terrorist organization had followed Cesare Tavella of the […]

Christians in Jharkhand, India Attacked with Axes, Clubs

Armed Hindu extremists threaten death for declining to renounce Christ.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – An attack on a prayer meeting in Jharkhand state that sent six people to the hospital on Sept. 4 began when Hindu women entered the home where it was held and began insulting Christians, sources said. By the end of the day, Hindu extremists with guns, axes, spades and clubs […]

Police Hasty, Brutal in Arrest of Christian Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan

Business rivals stir up Muslim mob against impoverished kiln worker.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Authorities this week charged and jailed a Christian accused of blasphemy by Muslim business competitors, and police beat area Christians in their search for him, sources said. Jamshed Masih told Morning Star News that local Muslims had entrapped his brother, 35-year-old Pervaiz Masih, in a false blasphemy case after he […]

Death Threats, Forced Conversions of Christians Cited in India

Hostilities continue through long, hot summer under new prime minister.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Heightened hostilities against Christians in India that began late last year continued through a hot summer, with Hindu extremists threatening Christians and forcing them to “reconvert” to Hindusim, church leaders said. In Rajasthan in the northwest, 10 Christian families in Nakhnool village, near Alwar, have fled after intolerant Hindus harassed and […]