ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – An illiterate vendor in Pakistan beaten by an Islamic mob for unwittingly using pages containing Koranic verses received “forgiveness” from his accusers, but the complainant filed a blasphemy case against the Christian anyway under direction from Islamic leaders. In Pakistan’s northeastern town of Wazirabad, 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Lahore, […]
Complainant, mullah seek to make example of illiterate vendor.
Adnan Masih will likely be held in prison for security reasons.
ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – A young evangelist in Pakistan, in hiding after being accused of blaspheming Islam’s prophet, has surrendered to police due to serious threats to his life from Islamic extremists, his lawyer said. Attorney Aneeqa Maria, head of The Voice Society, told Morning Star News that Adnan Masih agreed to surrender to police […]
Young evangelist in hiding denies charges, sources say.
ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Police and a banned Islamic extremist group in Lahore, Pakistan are searching for a young Christian accused of blasphemy – with the extremist group calling for his death – after he sought to correct misconceptions about Christianity in a Muslim book, sources said. Sources close to Adnan Masih, 26, said he […]
Assailants in Islamabad beat three Christians, shoot at house, police say.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News ) – Police in Islamabad have arrested three Muslims for pistol-whipping a Christian and his teenage nephews after they refused to convert to Islam, sources said. The assailants in an Islamabad suburb allegedly have links to a banned Islamic extremist group. The primary suspect, Muhammad Nadeem, and others approached a […]
Scale of attack in Peshawar unprecedented; non-Muslims targeted in Nairobi.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists today killed at least 78 people in an unprecedented church bombing in Pakistan, a day after Muslim militants in Kenya targeted non-Muslims in a mall attack that left at least 68 dead. Believed to be the deadliest assault on Christians in Pakistan, two suicide bombers struck All Saints […]
Witnesses decline to come forward, fearing retribution.
KARACHI, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Shouting that he was killing “an infidel who blasphemed against Muhammad,” a Muslim in Karachi on Saturday (Sept. 14) slit a Christian’s throat as police and others looked on, according to the slain man’s son. George Masih told Morning Star News that his father, 58-year-old Boota Masih, worked as a […]
Leader of Al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban captured with two others.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The killers of Pakistan’s first Christian to become a federal cabinet member, Shahbaz Bhatti, have confessed to the crime, Bhatti’s brother and security sources said. Paul Bhatti, brother of the slain Federal Minister for Minority Affairs, told Morning Star News that security officials and a senior government minister had told […]
Rimsha Masih’s accuser goes free after witnesses retract statements.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Islamabad on Saturday (Aug. 17) dismissed charges against a Muslim cleric arrested on suspicion of framing a Christian girl for blasphemy. Khalid Jadoon, leader of a mosque in the Meherabadi suburb of Islamabad, had been charged with desecrating the Koran and planting false evidence – pages ripped […]
Married couple jailed under laws that call for death or life in prison.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian couple was arrested on Saturday (July 20) for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to a Muslim cleric in Gojra, a religiously volatile city where a week before a young Christian man was sentenced to life in prison on the same charge. Shafqat Masih, 43, and his 40-year-old wife […]
Clamoring Islamists pressure judge, threaten attorney.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Pakistan on Saturday (July 13) sentenced a Christian to life in prison for alleged blasphemy in spite of the complainant retracting the accusation and admitting police pressured him into making it, his attorney said. Attorney Javed Sahotra told Morning Star News by phone that prosecutors in the […]