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 […]

Forced into Payment Settlement, Christians Acquitted of 2015 Murders in Pakistan

Breadwinners maintaining their innocence spend nearly five years in jail.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Maintaining their innocence, 39 Christians accused of killing two Muslims after 2015 church bombings in Pakistan reached an agreement to pay victim families in exchange for acquittal this week, sources said. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday (Jan. 29), acquitted all 39 Christians and one Muslim accused in the […]

Illegally Detained Christian Tortured to Death in Custody in Pakistan, Family Says

Impoverished father of two the only employee abused in theft case.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Lahore, Pakistan tortured to death the Christian father of 14-day-old and 7-year-old sons, relatives said. Officers on Aug. 28 illegally detained 28-year-old Amir Masih on a false charge of theft and tortured him for four days before he died in a hospital on Sept. 2, his brother […]

Muslim Employer in Pakistan Kills Christian Farmhand for Working Elsewhere, Relatives Say

Police unable to locate suspect.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Muslim landlord outside Faisalabad, Pakistan tortured a worker to death for daring, as a “lowly Christian,” to work for another employer, relatives said. Javed Masih, a Catholic in Nulka Kohala village, a suburb of Faisalabad in Punjab Province, on May 10 had sought a 10,000-rupee loan (US$66) from his […]

More than Six Months after Acquittal, Asia Bibi Finally Allowed to Leave Pakistan

Death threats, Islamist protests raised security concerns.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, has arrived in Canada along with her husband more than six months after being acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from prison in Pakistan, sources said. After spending eight years on death row in Pakistan’s most infamous blasphemy case before the country’s Supreme […]

Christian Mother in Pakistan Forcibly Converted, Married and Tortured, She Says

Police tell husband she is now a Muslim and to forget about her, he says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Returning home from a night shift at a call center on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Feb. 25, Naveed Iqbal learned from his sons that a local criminal and three other men had taken his wife away, he said. He filed a report at the Khana police station. Iqbal […]

Muslim in Pakistan Bursts into Christian’s Home Alleging He Overheard Blasphemous Comment

Mentally disabled Pentecostal beaten, arrested.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian with a mental disability in Pakistan has been arrested under the country’s blasphemy law after a Muslim neighbor outside his home overheard him arguing inside, sources said. Francis Masih, older brother of 42-year-old Stephen Masih, said that Muslim neighbor Hafiz Mudassir on March 11 burst into their home […]