Pakistan Told to Address Forced Marriages, Conversions of Girls

Christians and those of other minority religions are vulnerable.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – U.N. human rights experts on Thursday (April 11) called on Pakistan to make legal changes in light of continued vulnerability of women and girls of minority faiths to forced marriages and religious conversions. The U.N. special rapporteurs demanded Pakistan raise the legal age for girls to marry to […]

Christian Laborer in Pakistan Shot for Requesting Wages

Muslim employers beat him with iron rods.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – Muslim farm owners in Pakistan on March 23 beat a Christian laborer with iron rods and shot him in the leg for requesting his wages owed him, sources said. Waqas Masih, a 42-year-old farm laborer in Chak No. 8 Panj Garaiyan Kamalpur village in Faisalabad District, Punjab Province, […]

Family of Slain Christian in Pakistan Receives Death Threats

Armed, Muslim relatives of alleged killer barge into home.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – Muslim relatives of the alleged killer of a 20-year-old Christian in Pakistan are threatening the victim’s family with death if they do not drop charges, sources said. Muhammad Zubair initially confessed to killing Farhan Ul Qamar in his house in Talwandi Inayat Khan village, Pasrur tehsil of Sialkot […]

Christian Couple in India Sentenced to Prison

Pastor and wife wrongly convicted of ‘forcible conversion,’ he says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian couple in India has been sentenced to prison after Hindu extremists instigated a false case of forcible conversion against them, sources said. A woman they are accused of pressuring denied in court that the Christians tried to forcibly/fraudulently convert her or her husband, but Pastor Ramesh Ahirwar and […]

Arson Suspected in Church Fire in Pakistan

Muslim threatened congregation would not celebrate Easter.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – Christians suspect a Muslim who vowed to keep them from celebrating Easter was behind a fire allegedly set to their church building on Saturday (March 30) in Rawalpindi District, Pakistan. The Rev. Adeem Alphonse of the United Presbyterian Junior Church in Gujar Khan tehsil said the fire […]

Kidnapper Wins Custody of 13-Year-Old Girl, Sources Say

High court refuses to heed evidence of forcible marriage.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – A high court in Pakistan on Monday (March 25) rejected a Christian woman’s attempt to recover her 13-year-old daughter, instead allowing the child to go with a Muslim who abducted, forcibly converted her to Islam and married her, sources said. Shakeel Masih’s daughter, Roshni Shakeel, was taken from […]

Persecution of Christians Escalates in India, EFI Reports

Alarming increase of cases in Uttar Pradesh and other states.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – India’s Christians suffered an alarming escalation of violence, hatred and systematic oppression last year, according to the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI-RLC). The 601 cases of persecution against Christians in India in 2023 marked a 45 percent increase over the 413 instances recorded the previous […]

Unsafe Conditions Kill Christian Sewer Workers in Pakistan

Lack of protective gear takes two lives.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News)– Rukhsana Asif, a Christian mother of two children in Faisalabad, Pakistan, was devastated when she learned that her husband and his cousin had died from poisonous gas while cleaning a clogged sewer manhole. Her husband, Asif Masih, was off work on March 17 when he received a call to […]

Hope for Christian 22 Years on Death Row for ‘Blasphemy’

Supreme Court seeks Islamic body’s opinion on evidence.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – In a significant move, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the country’s top Islamic body to advise on whether content that has left a Catholic on death row for 22 years was in fact blasphemous, sources said. Attorney Rana Abdul Hameed said the top court on March […]

Muslim ‘Suitor’ Kidnaps 13-Year-Old Christian Girl in Pakistan

Muslim father fulfills threat to kidnap Christian’s daughter.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – Two months after a Muslim told a Christian in Pakistan he could not stop him from taking the Christian’s 13-year-old daughter for marriage to his 28-year-old Muslim son, the girl was kidnapped on March 13, her father said. Shakeel Masih said his daughter, Roshni Shakeel, had spurned the […]