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, […]

Christians Taking Children to Camp in India Charged with Kidnapping, Forced Conversion

One minor held for 25 days, another still in custody along with five adult volunteers.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Six Christians taking children to a Vacation Bible School camp in Madhya Pradesh state, India, remain in custody after police detained them last month on charges of kidnapping and forcible conversion, sources said. Also detained was a 15-year-old boy who was held in a juvenile detention center for nearly a […]

Christian Father of 2-Year-Old in Pakistan Jailed on Flimsy Blasphemy Charge, Brother Says

Arrested amid government crack-down on online ‘blasphemy.’

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Amid a government campaign in Pakistan against “blasphemous” content online, a Christian was arrested on Friday (June 16) when a Muslim accused him of blasphemy after a dispute over a repair bill, sources said. After millions of Pakistanis last month began receiving text messages from the government warning them against […]

Christian Families in India Forced into Hindu Ritual, Denied Water

Village head allows Hindus to deprive, isolate Christians, they say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Villagers in Uttar Pradesh state, India beat Christians, forced them to participate in Hindu rituals and have refused to provide them water, sources said. Four families who were attacked in Jalalabad village, Ghazipur District rely on the water to irrigate their fields, they said. “How will we survive if we […]

Christian Sanitation Worker in Pakistan Dies after Hospital Refuses to Treat Him, Family Says

Muslim doctors said he was ‘unclean,’ brother says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian sanitation worker in Pakistan died on Thursday (June 1) after Muslim doctors refused to treat him for poisonous gas he was exposed to in a sewer, sources said. Doctors at Civil Hospital Medical refused to treat 28-year-old Irfan Masih of Umerkot City, Sindh Province, saying they did not […]

Church Building, Pastor’s Home Burned Down in Tamil Nadu State, India, Sources Say

Young hard-line Hindu men threatened Christian leader, he says.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Hard-line Hindus in southern India, upset that members of their caste-based group have become Christians, burned down a church building and the pastor’s home this month, sources said. After pastor John Muller and his pregnant wife left for a store on May 3, the assailants in Tamil Nadu state’s Attipattu […]