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More than Six Months after Acquittal, Asia Bibi Finally Allowed to Leave Pakistan

Death threats, Islamist protests raised security concerns.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, has arrived in Canada along with her husband more than six months after being acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from prison in Pakistan, sources said. After spending eight years on death row in Pakistan’s most infamous blasphemy case before the country’s Supreme […]

Supreme Court in Pakistan Upholds Acquittal of Asia Bibi

Christian mother likely headed to Canada with her husband, lawyer says.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court today upheld its acquittal of Christian mother Aasiya Noreen (better known as Asia Bibi), leaving her free to leave the country after spending nine years on death row in Pakistan’s most high-profile blasphemy case. The mother of two children and stepmother to three others has been in […]

Government in Pakistan under Pressure from Islamists Protesting Asia Bibi Acquittal

Officials facilitate filing of review petition against verdict.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Pakistani government on Friday (Nov. 2) capitulated to demands of Islamist groups protesting the acquittal of Christian mother Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, by agreeing to allow the possibility of a Supreme Court review of the verdict. In the agreement between administration officials and leaders of an […]

Pakistan Supreme Court Delays Ruling on Asia Bibi Case as Islamist Pressures Mount

Justice recuses himself in appeal of death sentence for Christian mother.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – As Islamist groups warned of reprisals for a possible acquittal in Pakistan’s highest profile blasphemy case, the country’s Supreme Court today delayed ruling on an appeal against the death sentence given to Christian mother of five Aasiya Noreen. The ruling on the death sentence given to Noreen, commonly known as […]

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 […]

Acquitted Christian Couple, Attorney Fear for their Lives

Islamic extremists in Pakistan call for their deaths.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian couple acquitted by a high court in Pakistan fear for their lives as Islamic extremists have started a campaign calling for their murders ahead of their yet unconfirmed release from jail, sources said. The Lahore High Court on June 3 overturned the 2014 conviction of Shagufta Kausar and […]

Christian Couple on Death Row in Pakistan Acquitted

Blasphemy charges based on false evidence, judges rule.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Lahore High Court (LHC) today acquitted a Christian couple sentenced to death on charges of blaspheming Islam, their attorney said. Justice Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh accepted an appeal challenging the death sentence and acquitted Shagufta Kausar, 52, and her husband, 49-year-old Shafqat Emmanuel, on the […]

Islamists in Pakistan Forcibly ‘Convert’ Catholic, Threaten Family

Muslims say harm will come if mentally challenged man ‘leaves’ Islam.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Members of an Islamic extremist political party in Pakistan have forcibly converted a mentally challenged Catholic and are pressuring his family to renounce their faith, a relative said. Adnan Bashir, 40, wandered out of his home in Gujjar Khan, Punjab Province on April 14 and inadvertently walked into a sit-in […]

Life Sentence for Christian Changed to Death Penalty

Judge bows to Islamist legal group’s pressure.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Ruling in favor of an Islamist legal group’s petition, the Lahore High Court on March 10 changed a sentence of life imprisonment to the death penalty for a Christian convicted of sending a blasphemous text message in 2011. The high court’s approval of an appeal for the criminal code revision […]

Christian in Pakistan Convicted of ‘Blasphemy’ Released on Bail

Appeal of Christian couple on death row again inexplicably delayed.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Lahore High Court has released on bail a 20-year-old Christian two years after his conviction under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws for allegedly posting a sacrilegious photograph on social media, his lawyer said. Incarcerated since his arrest in 2016, Nabeel Masih became the youngest person to be charged with blasphemy in […]