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.

Islamists demonstrate against Supreme Court verdict outside Karachi Press Club. (Online photo by Anwar Abbas)

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.

Rights worker consoles victim of police brutality. (The Voice Society)

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.’

Nadia Masih, shot by Muslim relatives for leaving Islam and marrying Christian. (The Voice Society)

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.

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. (

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 […]