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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 […]

Christian Mother Acquitted of Blasphemy in Pakistan Released from Prison

Islamic extremists warn of retaliation if she is allowed to leave country.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian mother who spent nine years on death row before being acquitted in Pakistan’s most high-profile blasphemy case was released from prison late Wednesday night (Nov. 7), sources said. Sources close to the family and government officials confirmed that Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, was released from […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan Acquits Christian Mother Facing Execution on False Charge

Islamists issue fatwa of death for high court justices.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court today acquitted Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, a Christian mother condemned to death for alleged blasphemy, triggering violent protests and clashes in several cities across the country. After accepting her 2015 appeal in the high-profile case, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan […]

Court in Pakistan Acquits 20 Muslims Suspected in Brick-Kiln Killing of Christian Couple

Separately, Christian on death row wins appeal.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – An anti-terrorism court in Lahore, Pakistan on Saturday (March 24) acquitted 20 Muslims suspected of involvement in the killing and burning in a brick kiln of a Christian couple in 2014, sources said. A frenzied Muslim mob of hundreds, incited by announcements made over a mosque loudspeaker, tortured and killed […]

Christian in Pakistan Arrested for ‘Blasphemy’ to Appease Islamist Throng, Sources Say

Hundreds of villagers flee.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Hundreds of Christian families fled their homes in a village near Lahore, Pakistan yesterday after Muslim protestors called for the death of a young Christian accused of blasphemy, sources said. Patras Masih, an 18-year-old resident of Dher village in Shahdara Town area of Lahore, was taken into police custody late Monday […]

Government of Pakistan Bows to Islamists on ‘Blasphemy’ Suspects, Critics Say

Last chance for saving Aasiya Noreen (Asia Bibi) put in jeopardy.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Pakistan government’s surrender to demands of an Islamic extremist group jeopardizes the last chances for Christian mother Aasiya Noreen (Asia Bibi) to overturn her death sentence for “blasphemy,” sources said. The government’s inability to withstand the violent protests and demands of the upstart, Muslim extremist Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah […]

Christian Father of Two in Pakistan Sentenced to Death for ‘Blaspheming’ Prophet of Islam

Muslim accuser had personal conflict with him, attorney says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian father of two in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blaspheming Islam’s prophet in a phone text even though he is illiterate, sources said. Nadeem James, 27, was charged in July 2016 in Gujrat District after a friend, Yasir Bashir, complained to police that he received a […]

Judge in Pakistan Urges Parliament to Prosecute Blasphemy Cases under Terrorism Laws

Constitutionality questioned.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In an expanded order to remove “blasphemous” content from social media in Pakistan, a high court judge included a recommendation that Parliament include terrorism charges against those accused of blasphemy. Last Saturday’s (Aug. 12) recommendation by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court is unlikely to result in […]

Christian in Pakistan Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for ‘Blasphemy’

Scanty evidence calls for acquittal, attorney says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Pakistan has sentenced a Christian to life in prison under the country’s blasphemy laws in spite of scanty evidence, an advocacy official said. Nasir Saeed said a trial court in Rawalpindi sentenced Zafar Bhatti to life imprisonment, even though conviction under Section 295-C of Pakistan’s blasphemy law […]