Attorneys, Rights Groups Blast Death Sentence for Christian in Pakistan

Sawan Masih becomes second Christian on death row for alleged remarks.

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) – Rights groups and attorneys slammed the death sentence handed down to a Christian yesterday, saying the case for his blasphemy conviction was weak while Muslims who destroyed houses and shops in his neighborhood have been freed on bail. Sawan Masih, now the second Christian on death row on blasphemy charges […]

Islamic Extremist Threats in Pakistan Could Quash Prosecution of Bhatti Murder

Terrorists drive victim’s brother from country, demand release of suspects.

Dr. Paul Bhatti. (

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Suspects in the murder of Pakistan’s first Christian cabinet minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, could walk free due to intimidation tactics by Islamic extremists, Christians fear. The suspects have confessed, according to Dr. Paul Bhatti, brother of former Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti, who was gunned down on March 2, 2011. […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2013

In Nigeria, terrorists weren’t the only ones terrorizing Christians.

Lyop Dangyel suffered three gunshot wounds and lost two of her three daughters in attack in Torok, Plateau state. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Last year Egypt saw its greatest level of attacks on Christians; more Christians were killed in Syria’s civil war than anywhere else; and an Islamist rebel take-over in the Central African Republic brought new atrocities to the historically unstable country. But where political instability and civil war were not contributing factors, […]

Death Penalty Order Deepens Hard-line Islamist Trend in Pakistan, Critics Say

Ruling could broaden powers of Federal Shariat Court, they fear.

Muslim mobs attack a Christian area of Lahore after blasphemy allegation. (Morning Star News, M. Ali)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Compliance with an order that only the death sentence can be given to those convicted of insulting Islam’s prophet will further endanger Christians and increase the powers of the Islamic court that issued it, critics said. While Christians fear that government compliance with the Federal Shariat Court’s (FSC) Dec. 4 […]

Despite Settlement, ‘Blasphemy’ Charge Sought against Christian in Pakistan

Complainant, mullah seek to make example of illiterate vendor.

Wazirabad tomb and mosque. (Morning Star News via Wikipedia)

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, […]

Fearing Assassination, Christian Accused of ‘Blasphemy’ in Pakistan Turns Himself In

Adnan Masih will likely be held in prison for security reasons.

Flag of Lashkar-e-Taiba, predecessor of Jamaat ud Dawa. (ArnoldPlaton, Wikipedia)

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 […]

Police, Islamic Extremists in Pakistan Hunt for Christian Accused of ‘Blasphemy’

Young evangelist in hiding denies charges, sources say.

Flag of Lashkar-e-Taiba, predecessor of Jamaat ud Dawa, responsible for persecution of Christians. (ArnoldPlaton, Wikipedia)

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 […]

Muslims in Pakistan Arrested on Forcible Conversion Charges

Assailants in Islamabad beat three Christians, shoot at house, police say.

Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, where Muslims engaged in persecution of Christians. (Wikipedia)

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 […]

Islamic Extremists Bomb Church in Pakistan, Attack Shopping Mall in Kenya

Scale of attack in Peshawar unprecedented; non-Muslims targeted in Nairobi.

Woman injured in attack on church in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Morning Star News)

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 […]

Pakistani Muslim Cites ‘Blasphemy’ in Slaughter of Christian Rival in Business

Witnesses decline to come forward, fearing retribution.

On the streets of central Karachi (Morning Star News via

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 […]