Police Say Woman Slain in Pakistan Innocent of Blasphemy; Politicians ‘Protecting Killers’

Shama Masih was illiterate.

Pakistanis protest against blasphemy laws and violence against Christians. (File Photo)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan say a Christian couple tortured and slain this month over accusations that the wife desecrated the Koran were innocent, while relatives said politicians are trying to shield the killers from justice. Urged to act from mosque loudspeakers, a frenzied mob on Nov. 4 tore the clothes off […]

Islamist Mob in Pakistan Kills Christian Couple Accused of ‘Blasphemy’

Pregnant mother of four young children was dead when thrown into kiln; husband burned alive.

Composite of Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi. (Morning Star News photo courtesy of family)

CLARKABAD, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Commanded from mosque loudspeakers, a Muslim throng in Punjab Province killed a Christian couple yesterday after a co-worker accused the pregnant wife of defiling the Koran, sources said. Living on the premises of the brick kiln where she worked in Chak 59 village near Kot Radha Kishan, Karur District, about […]

How to Read a Persecution News Story

Pray – if you can figure out how.

Jessica Boulos, killed in Cairo, Egypt on Aug. 6, 2013. (Morning Star News photo courtesy of Boulos family)

(Morning Star News) – Any of you who regularly follow persecution news may find that it gets hard to read after a while. In response to reader requests on how to deal with so much horrific news – one becomes either despondent or desensitized – I’ll share how I handle it. The horror of some […]

Death Sentence Upheld for Christian Mother in Pakistan

in Pakistan Muslim extremists packed into courtroom erupt in celebration.

Muslims in Pakistan clamor for Asia Bibi's death sentence to be upheld in 2010. (Pakistan Today)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In spite of protests within Pakistan and abroad against the country’s blasphemy laws, the Lahore High Court today upheld the death sentence for a Christian mother accused of insulting Islam’s prophet. Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. […]

Christian Blasphemy Suspect Misreported as Slain in Pakistani Jail Is Alive and Well

Police prison guard’s attack raises questions about security.

Zafar Bhatti, Christian accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. (file photo)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Contrary to published reports, a Christian on trial for alleged “blasphemy” in Rawalpindi, Pakistan is alive and well following a Sept. 25 gun attack by a guard ranting against defamers of the prophet of Islam, sources said. Prison officials and the wife of the accused Christian, Zafar Bhatti, told Morning […]

Christian, Hindu in Custody in Pakistan on Accusation of Defiling Koran

Family of convert from Hinduism says Muslims retaliating for refusal to convert to Islam.

School in southern Punjab Province where defiling of Koran allegedly occurred

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan have taken into custody a Christian convert from Hinduism and his Hindu co-worker for allegedly burning a Koran and a chart of Koranic verses. The Christian’s family and attorney, however, said Islamist extremist groups have falsely accused the two men in response to an increasing number of […]

Main Suspect in Bhatti Murder in Pakistan Released as Death Threats Stall Prosecution

Islamic extremist intimidation silences witnesses.

Tribute to Shahbaz Bhatti. (Morning Star News via Pakistan Today)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – More than three years after the assassination of Pakistan’s first Christian cabinet-level minister, Islamist extremists have silenced prosecution witnesses and the prime suspect was released on bail on July 11, the prosecutor said. With prosecution witnesses unwilling to record their statements in court due to Islamic extremist death threats, there […]

Christian Girl Raped in Pakistan Kept from Medical Care for Two Days

Muslim relatives of suspect issue threats, hold father hostage.

Noor Mosque in Daska, Pakistan. (Wikimedia)

LAHORE, Pakistan  (Morning Star News) – Threats by the Muslim family of a villager in Punjab Province who raped a 7-year-old Christian girl prevented her from receiving hospital care for two days, sources said. Targeted under the assumption of impunity for Muslims who attack Christians, the young daughter of a farmhand in Malhe Ki village […]

Family of Christian Shot Dead in Pakistan Doubts Suicide Claim

Muslim threatened 24-year-old father of two for declining Islam.

Sunny Masih, said to be murdered by Muslim for declining Islam. (Morning Star News)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The family of a 24-year-old Christian who died yesterday accuses a bank security guard of shooting the young man dead after the guard threatened him for refusing to convert to Islam. Sunny Masih, a father of two, was working as a cleaner at a branch of Bank Islami under construction on Nisbat […]

Christian Couple in Pakistan Sentenced to Death for ‘Blasphemy’

Sentence comes eight days after second Christian handed death penalty.

Shafqat Emmanuel (Morning Star News via World Vision in Progress)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian couple in Punjab Province incapable of writing proper Urdu was sentenced to death today for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, bringing the number of Christians on death row in Pakistan to four. In a country reeling from increasing religious intolerance, the death knell for Shafqat Emmanuel and Shugufta […]

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