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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 […]

Another Christian Sentenced to Death in Pakistan on Weak Blasphemy Charges

Father of four accused of sending text messages defaming Muhammad.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Lahore, Pakistan today (Sept. 8) sentenced a Christian to death over charges that he allegedly sent “blasphemous” text messages to a Muslim colleague seven years ago, his lawyer said. Asif Pervaiz, a 37-year-old father of four, has been in jail for seven years since he was charged […]

Verdict in Pakistan Portends More Forced Marriages/Conversions of Christian Girls

Court returns 14-year-old Catholic girl to Muslim who allegedly abducted her.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court decision in Pakistan to return custody of a 14-year-old Christian girl to the Muslim who allegedly kidnapped her and forced her to convert to Islam and marry him will make more Christian girls vulnerable to such trauma, sources said. Lala Robin Daniel, a rights activist based in […]

Court in Pakistan Validates Forced Conversion, Marriage of Christian Girl to Muslim

Underage victim continually kept from appearing at hearings.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A high court ruling in Pakistan validating the marriage and forced conversion to Islam of a 14-year-old Christian girl has heightened fears that it will encourage others to commit such crimes, sources said. The High Court in Sindh Province on Feb. 3 dismissed a petition to have the marriage […]

Illegally Detained Christian Tortured to Death in Custody in Pakistan, Family Says

Impoverished father of two the only employee abused in theft case.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Lahore, Pakistan tortured to death the Christian father of 14-day-old and 7-year-old sons, relatives said. Officers on Aug. 28 illegally detained 28-year-old Amir Masih on a false charge of theft and tortured him for four days before he died in a hospital on Sept. 2, his brother […]

Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy Charge after Two Others Sentenced to Death in Pakistan

Brothers accused of insulting Muhammad on website.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A judge in Pakistan has acquitted a Christian accused of blasphemy one month after two Christians were sentenced to death in an online blasphemy case, sources said. Kasur District Additional Sessions Judge Ijaz Ahmed Bosal dropped charges against Pervaiz Masih, 38, on Jan. 15 after prosecutors failed to submit any […]