Christian in Pakistan Charged with ‘Blasphemy’ after Argument with Muslim

Two female relatives taken into custody are released after his arrest.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian father of two in Pakistan was arrested last night under blasphemy charges after a Muslim friend accused him of forwarding a poem on an instant messaging application, sources said. Nadeem James, a 26-year-old Catholic in Gujrat District, had argued about religion with his Muslim friend, Yasir Bashir, a […]

Blasphemy Law in Pakistan Claims another Victim – and His Accusers

Death sentences meted out to Christians, Muslim under draconian statute.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian in Pakistan who reported an attempt to blackmail him for allegedly blaspheming Islam’s prophet was sentenced to death this week in a bizarre case riddled with police irregularities, sources said. Anjum Naz Sindhu, 65-year-old Catholic owner of a prominent chain of schools in Gujranwala, received the death sentence […]

Police in Pakistan Arrest Christian Victim of Beating, Blasphemy Accusation

Muslims use law as revenge for attempt to stop them from teasing girls, sources say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan on Monday (May 23) jailed a Christian after Muslims upset that he tried to stop them from teasing girls beat him and accused him of posting blasphemous content on Facebook, sources said. Hospital staff refused to treat Usman Liaqat after the beating, saying he had to first […]

Muslims in Pakistan Threaten Christians after Fatwa Issued against ‘Blasphemer’

Police find no basis for accusation.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Muslims in Pakistan have told 300 impoverished villagers they must either produce a Christian accused of blasphemy, leave the area, convert to Islam or be killed, sources said. Imran Masih, a 28-year-old resident of Chak 44 village in Punjab Province’s Mandi Bahauddin District, was accused on April 19 of keeping […]

Taliban Splinter Group in Pakistan Targets Christians in Easter Suicide Bombing

Explosive detonated near children’s rides at park.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A deadly suicide bombing in a public park here marred Easter celebrations in Pakistan on Sunday evening (March 27), as an Islamic extremist group targeted Christians. At least 74 people have been reported dead, most of them women and children, while 362 others were injured. Of those being treated at […]

Security Increased for Asia Bibi following Execution of Islamist Assassin in Pakistan

Intelligence reports indicate conspiracy to kill her in prison.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Fears are growing over the security of the first Christian woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for “blasphemy” following the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, who assassinated her biggest advocate. Qadri was executed by hanging on Feb. 29 for the Jan. 4, 2011 assassination of Punjab Gov. Salmaan Taseer, who had […]

Police in Pakistan Torture Christian to Death, Family Says

Muslim employers order mistreatment after filing false theft charge, they say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistani police last week tortured a devout Catholic to death in Punjab Province after the victim’s employer singled him out for a theft charge because of his faith, family members said. Riasat Masih of Kalaskey village, Purana Kot in Gujranwala District, told Morning Star News that police killed his brother, […]

Muslims in Pakistan Disrupt Christians’ Worship, Storm Homes

Police decline to arrest Muslims after attacks, seizure of church building.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Muslims in a town in Pakistan’s Punjab Province who seized a church property have disrupted a prayer meeting at a private residence, sources said. After police arranged a reconciliation meeting between the Muslims and members of the congregation in Sialkot District on Jan. 4, the Muslims instead armed themselves with […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2015

Islamic violence accelerates in countries not known for religious conflict.

(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist violence in countries not known for religious tensions, majority-Christian Kenya and Uganda, topped Morning Star News’ stories in 2015. While the Islamic State terrorized Christians in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria killed innocent civilians in the shadow of Boko Haram, in northeast Kenya Al […]

Christian Slum Dwellers Fight Eviction in Islamabad, Pakistan

Government statement to Supreme Court reflects deep prejudice, critics say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Yaqub Masih is one of thousands of impoverished Christians facing demolition of his makeshift home in Islamabad after a government agency last week stated that informal slum settlements of Christian migrants threatened the city’s Muslim-majority demographic. “It is one thing being poor, but things are far worse if you are […]