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

Execution of Asia Bibi suspended until final ruling.

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

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.

Bernadette L. Dean. (vmie.org.pk)

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.

Rukhsana and Awais Qamar. (The Voice Society)

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.

Christians look on as Muslims carry out ritual prayer after council meeting over blasphemy accusation in church building. (Morning Star News)

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.

Doors of two Christian houses broken by Muslim mobs in Lahore, Pakistan. (Morning Star News)

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 […]

Police in Pakistan Deny Christian Youth’s Statement on Who Attacked, Killed Him

Official denies boy’s declaration that two Muslims set him ablaze because of his faith.  

The body of Nauman Masih, 14, at his funeral. (The Voice Society)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian boy in Pakistan told police two Muslims set him on fire because of his faith before he died from his burns Wednesday (April 15), according to a human rights advocate, but police denied taking the statement. Nauman Masih, 14, told police in Lahore that two masked men on […]

Religious Tensions Simmer Across Pakistan following Church Bombings

Christian leaders condemn retaliation killings by furious Christian mobs.

Christian women mourn a dead relative after church bombings in Lahore. (M. Ali)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Tensions simmered across Pakistan between the Muslim majority and Christians following Sunday’s (March 15) deadly gun-and-bomb attacks on two churches and the subsequent killing of two Muslims here. At least 17 people, including two policemen, have succumbed to their injuries from the suicide attacks in Lahore’s Youhanabad area, which targeted […]

Christians Excluded from Pakistan’s ‘Blasphemy’ Cases Fast-Tracked for Acquittal

Officials fear 'violent reaction' if they examine cases of non-Muslims.

Accusation against Sawan Masih triggered Muslim throng to attack Joseph Colony, Lahore in March 2013. (Morning Star News, M. Ali)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Punjab Province has excluded Christians from a list of people accused without basis of blaspheming Islam who will have their cases expedited for acquittal, sources said. Pointing to several Christians languishing in jail on trumped-up blasphemy charges, Christian rights and political activists say discrimination against religious minorities was behind the selection […]

Charlie Hebdo Protestors Ransack Christian School in Pakistan, Demand Closure

Security said to be lax just weeks after massacre at school in Peshawar.

Outside Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris two hours after attack. (Thierry Caro via Wikipedia)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Among several protests across Pakistan against a French satire magazine’s cartoons of Islam’s prophet Muhammad, hundreds of Muslims in a terrorist-infested northwestern province on Monday (Jan. 26) stormed a Christian school, demanding its closure. Some 300 protestors from local schools and colleges entered the premises of Panel High School for […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2014

For once, good news – miraculous righting of horrific injustice in Sudan – tops list.

Meriam Ibrahim with family after her release on June 23. (Shareif ali Shareif)

(Morning Star News) – In a year that saw a new level of cruelty unleashed upon Christians and other religious minorities across Syria, Iraq and Africa, one once obscure case of injustice in Sudan turned into a titanic battle that gripped the world’s attention. The battle appeared to be spiritual as much as legal. 1 – […]