Bill in Pakistan Would Expand Misused Blasphemy Law

Muslim threatens colleague in retaliation over work conflict.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistan’s lower house of parliament has passed legislation to make the country’s blasphemy laws stricter even as their blatant misuse again came to light in a threat to falsely charge a Christian woman. The woman, a Catholic widow, was terrified after a Muslim colleague threatened to file the false blasphemy […]

Christian Falsely Accused of Blasphemy, Father Says

Image posted in social media group sends sanitation worker to jail.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – His voice shaky, Saleem Masih said his family has been living in fear since Nov. 29, when his son was arrested on false accusations of blasphemy – which can carry the death penalty in Pakistan. Officials of the Federal Investigation Agency’s Cybercrime unit took Ishtiaq Saleem, a 31-year-old father of […]

Sikh in India Leads Pastor into Knife Attack

Church leader works as taxi driver.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A Christian pastor in northern India who drives a taxi for a living didn’t think he had anything to fear when a well-mannered Sikh asked him to take a slight detour. Pastor Sukhdev Mark, 47, had dropped him off the previous night at a hotel in Ambala, Haryana state after […]

Christian Family Suffers after Arrests at Birthday Party

Mother, others jailed after false allegations by Hindu extremists.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian mother and her family in northern India have suffered assaults and threats since she and others were arrested from her son’s birthday party on false accusations of fraudulent conversion, her husband said. “Our lives have turned into a living hell as we struggle to survive each day with […]

Hindu Relatives Suspected of Killing Christian in India

Family members threatened to burn him alive, sources say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians in eastern India suspect a church member’s Hindu family killed him last month for refusing to renounce his faith, sources said. In West Bengal state’s Gobindapur village, Jhargram District, Hindu relatives of Madhab Gorai had threatened to burn him to death and feared his faith jeopardized his daughter’s impending […]

Two More Christians Accused of Blasphemy Receive Bail

Those accused on spurious grounds spend years in jail.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Two Christians accused of blasphemy, including one who has spent four years in jail, have obtained bail from the Supreme Court of Pakistan, sources said. Following the release on bail earlier last week of another Christian accused of blasphemy, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday (Aug. 24) […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan Grants Bail in Blasphemy Case

Justice expresses concern over abuses of law.  

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A two-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday (Aug. 23) granted bail to a Christian in a blasphemy case, with one of the justices expressing concern over blatant misuse of the law, the attorney of the accused said. Attorney Rana Abdul Hameed said this was the first […]

Christian Parents in Pakistan Denied Custody of Kidnapped Girl

Separately, 14-year-old Nayab Gill escapes captors, sources say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Refusing to review evidence from a Christian couple trying to recover their 12-year-old daughter after she was allegedly kidnapped and forced to convert and marry, a judge in Pakistan last week denied them custody, sources said. Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan of the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi Bench on Thursday […]

Christian in Pakistan Sentenced to Death for Alleged ‘Blasphemy’

Landlord, rival shop owner frame him on false charge, attorney says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian bicycle mechanic in Lahore, Pakistan was sentenced to death last week on baseless charges of blasphemy, his lawyer said. Attorney Riaz Anjum said that in 2017 Muhammad Irfan had asked Ashfaq Masih not to charge him for a bicycle repair because he was a devotee of Muslim Sufis […]

Death Sentence Upheld for Two Christians in Pakistan

Brothers devastated after years in jail under blasphemy law.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Hopes for freedom of two Christian brothers on death row under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws were dashed this month when a court upheld their death sentence despite lack of evidence against them, their lawyers said. Qaiser Ayub, 45, and Amoon Ayub, 42, have been incarcerated since 2014, and their appeal of […]