Christian Girl, 13, Forcibly Married, Converted in Pakistan, Father Says

Kidnapper’s brothers are police officials protecting him, rights advocate says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Karachi, Pakistan are ignoring the kidnapping and forcible conversion to Islam of a 13-year-old Christian girl by a 45-year-old Muslim whose two brothers are police officials, sources said. Ali Azhar, a neighbor of the victim’s Catholic family, abducted Arzoo Raja on Oct. 13, and her family went to […]

Christian Sentenced to Death for ‘Blasphemy’ in Pakistan Acquitted

False allegation destroyed Christian area in 2013.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian sentenced to death in Pakistan on blasphemy charges six years ago was acquitted by a high court in Lahore on Monday (Oct. 5), sources said. Sawan Masih, a 40-year-old Catholic father of three, had been handed the death sentence in March 2014 after a Muslim friend accused him […]

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 […]

Christian Girl Kidnapped in Pakistan Says Muslim ‘Husband’ Raped, Threatened Her

Maira Shahbaz escapes, says she was coerced into stating she converted, married.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Muslim who regained custody of a 14-year-old Christian girl he had kidnapped threatened to kill her and her family unless she gave court statements that she had married him and converted to Islam of her own free will, the girl told Morning Star News. Maira Shahbaz, who escaped […]

Pastor Jailed Since May after Standing Up to Land-Grabbers in Pakistan, Relatives Say

Bail hearings continually postponed; charges are baseless, they say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A church pastor in Karachi has languished in jail since May on a baseless charge of extortion leveled against him in retaliation for taking a stand against alleged land-grabbers who demolished homes of poor Christians there, family members said. Falsely accusing pastor Sohail Latif Sandhu of extortion, the alleged land-grabbers […]

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 […]

Expectations of Justice Low for Grieving Family of Street Sweeper in Pakistan

Christian sanitation workers face dangers from roads and coronavirus.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – When a Christian sanitation worker died after a police car struck him last week in Gujranwala, Pakistan, officers compensated his impoverished family with the equivalent of US$620. Rights advocates fear the Christian family likely will be forced to pardon the driver. The case typifies the discrimination and dangers that […]

Police Arrest Pastor on Fabricated Charges in Pakistan, Sources Say

Presbyterian minister upset officer by complaining of police wrong-doing.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Presbyterian assistant pastor Sarfaraz Raja was preparing to deliver a Good Friday sermon in Pakistan on April 10 when his brother informed him by phone that police had intruded into his house and were harassing his mother and other family members. Upset that the pastor had complained of police […]

Muslim Landowner Tortures Young Christian Man to Death in Pakistan, Sources Say

Field worker attacked for ‘polluting’ tube-well, relatives say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A young Christian man died today after a Muslim landowner on Tuesday (Feb. 25) chained and tortured him, accusing him of “polluting” his tube-well water by rinsing in it, sources said. Saleem Masih, 22, had finished unloading chaff in fields in Baguyana village, Karsur District, some 50 kilometers (31 […]

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 […]