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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 […]

Two Christians Studying Bible in Park Charged with Blasphemy

Far-right Islamist group in Pakistan enlisted to pressure police, lawyer says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Lahore, Pakistan have charged two Christians with blasphemy after Muslims objected to their Bible study in a park last weekend, the attorney for one of the accused said. Haroon Ayub Masih, 26, and friend Salamat Mansha Masih, about the same age, were studying the Bible in Lahore’s Model […]

Catholic Girl, 12, Likely to Return to Muslim Abductor, Advocates Fear

Courts, police and shelter home in Pakistan subvert justice, sources say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Advocates for a 12-year-old Catholic girl found tortured and chained in the home of a Muslim in Pakistan fear he will regain custody after she testified that she converted and wed him of her own free will, sources said. Charges of abduction and rape against 45-year-old Khizar Hayat and two […]

Christian Girl in Pakistan Recovered from Kidnapper

Police arrest Muslim who allegedly forced her to convert and marry.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Karachi, Pakistan on Monday (Nov. 2) recovered a 13-year-old Christian girl and arrested the Muslim accused of abducting and forcibly marrying and converting her, sources said. The action came hours after the Sindh High Court, under pressure from a rising tide of protests over its previous validation of […]

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 […]