Islamic Extremists Charge Christian Woman with Blasphemy

Islamists invited to monitor comments in social media group.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Blasphemy charges against a Christian preacher in Pakistan were filed not with help from members of the Ahmadiyya religion but only by Islamic extremists, sources said. A source in the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan said the complainant in the case, Shiraz Farooqi, was not a member of the Ahmadiyya, a religion with […]

Muslim Gunmen in Pakistan Wound at least Four Christians

Pregnant woman said to be among those injured.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Muslims in an area of Lahore, Pakistan on Monday (Sept. 6) fired high-powered weapons at the homes of Christians, wounding a pregnant woman and at least three other people, sources said. A wounded Christian resident in the Shamsabad locality of Lahore’s Sherakot area, Asif Masih, said he heard shouts followed […]

Sexually Assaulted Christian Threatened with Blasphemy Charge, Rights Group Says

Muslim supervisor retaliating for accusation of misconduct, leader says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Muslim supervisor is threatening to file blasphemy charges against a Christian sanitation worker in Pakistan if she refuses to withdraw her sexual assault accusation against him, a human rights leader said. Salima Rani Bibi, a 50-year-old Catholic sweeper in the sanitation branch of the Khanewal Municipal Committee in Punjab […]

Missing Catholic Girl in Pakistan Depicted as Married Muslim

14-year-old disappeared on July 27.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – When Gulzar Masih’s 14-year-old daughter did not return home from school in Faisalabad, Pakistan on July 27, the rickshaw driver and his brother set out to find her. Reaching the school later that afternoon, they found it was locked from the outside. They frantically searched for his daughter, Chashman, on […]

Christians Suffer Court Setback in Child Marriages/Conversions

Supreme Court declines petition for protection from Muslim kidnappers.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Efforts to end the abduction and forced conversion/marriage of minor Christian girls suffered a setback when the Supreme Court of Pakistan last week declined to intervene in the issue, sources said. Supreme Court Justice Mushir Alam on Wednesday (July 14) rejected an appeal by a senior church leader for a […]

School in Pakistan Covers Up Rape of Christian Girl, Family Says

Administrators accuse Christian boy who was not even on campus.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Shahzad Masih told the school principal in Lahore, Pakistan that he refused to leave her office until the official admitted Masih’s daughter had been raped at the school that day, but soon security guards arrived and pushed him and his wife out of the building, he said. His 8-year-old daughter […]

High Court in Pakistan Upholds Girl’s Forced Marriage, Conversion

Custody of 13-year-old ‘wife’ granted to Muslim father of four.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Lahore High Court has upheld a ruling in Pakistan granting custody of a 13-year Christian girl to a Muslim accused of kidnapping her, forcibly marrying her and converting her to Islam. Setting aside her parents’ pleas that Nayab Gill was underage and hence could not legally marry or change […]

Death Threats Force Christian to Abandon Job Promotion

Muslim personnel at a hospital attack again in Pakistan.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Riaz Gill was working in his office at one of Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest government hospitals last week when a group of Muslim doctors stormed in and attacked him. “How can a Chuhra and Bhangi dare to work on the same level as us?” the assailants said, using the pejorative terms […]

Life Sentence Upheld for Christian in Blasphemy Case

Islamist pressure again appears to influence judges in Pakistan. 

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan upheld the life sentence of a Christian convicted of sending blasphemous text messages in spite of the prosecution’s manipulated evidence and failure to establish his involvement, his lawyer said. Zafar Bhatti, 56, had been handed the life sentence, which in Pakistan is 25 years, on […]

Another 13-Year-Old Girl Forced to Marry/Convert to Islam

A judge, shelter again appear complicit in crime, sources say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Tears rolled down Shahid Gill’s face as he recalled the day last month when a court in Pakistan handed his 13-year-old daughter into the custody of a 30-year-old Muslim man. Gill, a Roman Catholic, works as a tailor in Gujranwala city, some 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Lahore. His daughter, […]