LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Muslim political candidate suspected of murdering a Christian has instigated calls from mosque loudspeakers for attacks on Christians, whom he blames for his May 11 election loss. Tensions were high in Punjab Province’s Okara district after provincial assembly seat candidate Mehr Abdul Sattar, sought by police in connection with [...]
Tensions high where candidate who lost election strives to incite violence.
At least five Christians injured, two seriously, in Muslim aggression following dispute among youths.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Incited by calls from mosque loudspeakers after a dispute between Muslim and Christian youths, a Muslim mob attacked a Christian neighborhood in Gujranwala today, injuring at least five Christians and damaging a church and dozens of shops and vehicles. Only a few hours after Pakistan’s Supreme Court rebuked Punjab Police [...]
Beaten, tortured Christian spent 7.5 years in jail.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – A court in Pakistan today overturned the death sentence of a Christian convicted under Pakistan’s “blasphemy” laws and ordered him released, according to an advocacy group. Younis Masih, who has languished in jail since his arrest on Sept. 10, 2005, was declared innocent by Lahore High Court justices Khaja Amtiaz [...]
Government promises leave residents of Joseph Colony empty.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Christians living in tents here after Muslims destroyed more than 175 homes following a blasphemy accusation are disillusioned that authorities have not compensated them, but for some the greatest pain is what cannot be replaced. “I am still unable to recover from the trauma after seeing my house burnt [...]
Authorities order police to allow rampage, but arrest 150 Christians for protesting.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Muslim mobs upset over an alleged derogatory comment about the prophet of Islam burned down more than 180 Christian-owned houses and shops and at least two church buildings here on Saturday (March 9) after authorities told police to “let them vent their grief and anger,” officials said. Lahore’s impoverished [...]
Political, religious and societal dynamics favor the murderers of 65-year-old tortured to death.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The murderers of a 65-year-old Christian in Pakistan are not likely to face justice in this world. A miasma of political and religious dynamics makes it unlikely. A Pakistani court has ordered a judicial inquiry into the death of Niyamat Masih, who died in police custody from torture. Officers tortured [...]
Complainant withdraws statement, but accused still faces charge, threat of violence.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In a rare instance in Pakistan, a judge granted bail to a pastor accused of blaspheming Islam because the complainant admitted that he had mistakenly accused him, attorneys said. Karma Patras, a 55-year-old pastor of Bado Malhi, Sangla Hill, had been languishing in Sheikhupura District Jail since October after [...]
Police refuse to arrest politician’s aide who allegedly forced 15-year-old to convert, marry.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A powerful Pakistani politician’s aid who abducted a Christian girl from her home in Karachi has warned her parents that the same fate awaits their other daughters unless they drop charges against him and leave the city, the family said. Khursheed Bibi told Morning Star News that Ghaji Khan, [...]
Official’s aide, accused of running prostitution ring, kidnapped 15-year-old, mother says.
KARACHI, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A powerful Pakistani official’s aide who is allegedly running a prostitution ring here has taken a Christian girl from her home and forced her to convert to Islam and marry him, according to the girl’s family. Khursheed Bibi, a midwife and mother of 15-year-old Asma Masih, told Morning Star News [...]
Bill would create special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East/South Central Asia.
(Morning Star News) – Christians worldwide just celebrated the birth of Jesus. For many in the West this was a festive season marked by worship services, gift-giving and time with family and friends. But for the church in the Middle East, fear of persecution cast a long, dark shadow over the Christmas holiday. Oppression [...]