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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christian in Pakistan Killed, Wife Shot by Muslim Relatives, Attorney Says

Elsewhere, three Christians accused of blasphemy for using Urdu word for ‘apostle.’

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Islamist groups are threatening the family and attorney of a young Christian man shot dead by Muslim in-laws who also wounded his wife over her decision to marry him and leave Islam, the attorney said. Aleem Masih, 28, married Nadia, 23, last year after she put her faith in Christ. […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan Agrees to Hear Appeal of Christian Mother on Death Row

Execution of Asia Bibi suspended until final ruling.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court today agreed to review the case of a Christian mother sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge, temporarily suspending her execution. Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court […]

Catholic Educator Flees Pakistan amid ‘Hate Campaign’ by Islamic Extremists

Separately, judge upholds expulsion of Filipino nuns.

LAHORE, Pakistan, July 6, 2015 (Morning Star News) – In two cases raising the specter of religious profiling, Islamic extremist threats have forced a leading Catholic educator to flee Pakistan, and a judge has upheld the controversial expulsion of three Filipino nuns. Bernadette L. Dean, an educator on Sindh Province’s committee for curriculum and textbook […]

Islamic Cleric in Pakistan Arrested in Mob Attack on Christians Accused of Blasphemy

Rare instance of police intervention saves couple.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In a rare move by Pakistani police, an Islamist cleric was taken into custody on Friday (July 3) for inciting a Muslim mob to try to kill a Christian couple for alleged desecration of the Koran, a police official said. Area residents and rights activists told Morning Star News that hundreds […]

Blasphemy Law Reform Drafted in Pakistan as Three More Christians Are Accused

‘Bad intent’ must be proven for conviction under new legislation.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Pakistani government has finished drafting a bill to combat abuse of blasphemy laws to which three Christians in the past month alone have fallen prey, sources said. In Nankana Sahib District of Punjab Province, a Muslim accused a 94-year-old Christian landowner of blaspheming Islam in retaliation for the landowner’s attempt […]

Islamic Mob Attacks Houses, Church over ‘Blasphemy’ Accusation in Pakistan

Mentally challenged Christian accused of burning papers containing koranic verses.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Christians in Lahore are on edge after hundreds of Muslims attacked houses and a church building on Sunday night (May 24) in response to accusations that a Christian set fire to papers with koranic verses on them. Chaudhry Alam Masih, a resident of Dhoop Sari in Lahore’s Sandha area, told Morning […]