Muslims Shoot Father of Kidnapped Christian Woman in Pakistan, Sources Say

Catholic wounded three days after police defied court order to arrest assailants.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Three days after police in Pakistan refused to comply with a court order to arrest Muslims who abducted, raped and tried to convert and marry a young Christian woman, one of the kidnappers shot her father, sources said. Ghulam Hussain and three other Muslims kidnapped 27-year-old Asma Gulzar at gunpoint […]

Christian Security Guard Killed in Islamic Extremist Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

Security forces prevent greater harm in assault on Christian community.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Swift action by security forces prevented a major tragedy in northwestern Pakistan after four Taliban suicide attackers armed with bombs and assault rifles targeted a Christian colony early Friday (Sept. 2). One Christian security guard was killed and five others – two Christians and three security personnel – were injured […]

Persecution of Christians in India Increases Dramatically in First Half of 2016

Violence on track to far exceed cases in 2014 and 2015.

UDAIPUR, India (Morning Star News) – At least 134 incidents of violence against Christians in India were carried out in the first half of 2016 alone, compared with 147 incidents in all of 2014 and 177 in 2015, according to an independent report. The Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Religious Liberty Commission (EFIRLC) notes that cases chronicled […]

Christian in Pakistan Charged with ‘Blasphemy’ after Argument with Muslim

Two female relatives taken into custody are released after his arrest.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian father of two in Pakistan was arrested last night under blasphemy charges after a Muslim friend accused him of forwarding a poem on an instant messaging application, sources said. Nadeem James, a 26-year-old Catholic in Gujrat District, had argued about religion with his Muslim friend, Yasir Bashir, a […]

Blasphemy Law in Pakistan Claims another Victim – and His Accusers

Death sentences meted out to Christians, Muslim under draconian statute.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian in Pakistan who reported an attempt to blackmail him for allegedly blaspheming Islam’s prophet was sentenced to death this week in a bizarre case riddled with police irregularities, sources said. Anjum Naz Sindhu, 65-year-old Catholic owner of a prominent chain of schools in Gujranwala, received the death sentence […]

Police in India Threaten to Fine Christians Attacked by Hindu Extremists

Villagers deprive impoverished Dalits of state benefits.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A month after a crowd of village Hindus in Jharkhand state, India summoned 25 Christians, tied up six of them and beat them with sticks, some of the assailants ran into one of the Christians and asked if he was still worshipping Christ. The Hindu extremists in Hunter village, Palamu […]

Hindu Extremists in India Beat 66-Year-Old Pastor Unconscious

Christians should be tried for ‘sedition,’ official says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A church in northern India remains closed more than a month after four masked Hindu extremists stormed a worship meeting and beat a 66-year-old pastor unconscious. After prayer and song at his church in Naupur, Jaunpur District, Uttar Pradesh state on May 22, pastor Lalta Ram stood up to preach […]

No Anti-Christian Motive Seen in Killing of Pastor in India

Questions remain in murder of ministry leader in Jharkhand state.

UDAIPUR, India (Morning Star News) – The man who admitted to killing the Rev. Abraham Biswas Surin in northeastern India this month appears to have had no religious motive, sources said. In Jharkhand state, where Hindu nationalist persecution of Christians has become commonplace, Christian organizations mounted protests calling for a quick and impartial investigation into the […]

Police in Pakistan Arrest Christian Victim of Beating, Blasphemy Accusation

Muslims use law as revenge for attempt to stop them from teasing girls, sources say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan on Monday (May 23) jailed a Christian after Muslims upset that he tried to stop them from teasing girls beat him and accused him of posting blasphemous content on Facebook, sources said. Hospital staff refused to treat Usman Liaqat after the beating, saying he had to first […]

Hard-line Hindus in India Burn Christian, Set Fire to Houses of Others in Chhattisgarh

Assailants twice drive families out of village.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – After deciding their gods were angry at them because neighbors had become Christians, Hindu villagers in Chhattisgarh state last month attacked 28 Christians, drove them from their homes and set their houses on fire, sources said. Christians in Katholi village, Kanker District who were beaten and twice chased out from […]