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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 […]

Christian in Pakistan Wrongly Jailed without Trial, Lawyer Says

Islamist bias results in four years without bail.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A young Christian in Pakistan has spent more than four years in jail on a false blasphemy charge as courts have delayed processes due to Islamist bias and discrimination against him, his attorney said. Patras Masih was 18 years old when he was accused in February 2018 of sharing a […]

Christian in Pakistan Arrested, Tortured on Blasphemy Charges

False accusation threatens 54-year-old father’s job, retirement fund.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Pakistan beat and arrested a Christian on Tuesday (March 16) for allegedly making blasphemous comments on social media and later tortured him into confessing guilt, sources said. Cybercrime officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Gujranwala Circle raided the Lahore home of Fansan Shahid, 54, shortly after midnight […]

Christian Parents in Pakistan Regain Custody of Minor Daughter

Allegedly kidnapped, forcibly married/converted girl opts for home.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Pakistan on Wednesday (Dec. 22) handed custody of a 14-year-old girl back to her Christian parents after she testified that she wished to return to them from a shelter home, sources said. The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued the decision in the case of Arzoo Raja, now […]

Christian Sentenced to Death for ‘Blasphemy’ Acquitted

False charge sent him to prison for nearly 10 years.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian in Pakistan incarcerated for nearly 10 years on a false blasphemy conviction was released from prison on Nov. 13 after a high court acquitted him, but quietly to avoid Islamist outrage, his attorney said. The life prison sentence of Sajjad Masih Gill, 37, had been converted to the […]

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 […]