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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christian, 18, Charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan Wins Bail

Former classmate accused him for not converting to Islam.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – An 18-year-old Christian charged with blasphemy was released on bail on Thursday (March 14), saying his faith sustained him during a week of solitary confinement. Ashbeel Ghauri was arrested on March 6 after a former classmate, Muslim Sheraz Gulistan, accused him of blaspheming Islam in a WhatsApp discussion […]

Christian in Pakistan Accused of Blasphemy for Refusing to Convert, He Says

Former classmates engaged him in religious discussion.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – A former classmate of an 18-year-old Christian in Pakistan accused him of blasphemy after failing to convert him to Islam, impeding the accused’s college studies and his family’s hopes for a better future, sources said. Police arrested Ashbeel Ghauri from his home in Attock city, Punjab Province on […]