Christian Mother Acquitted of Blasphemy in Pakistan Released from Prison

Islamic extremists warn of retaliation if she is allowed to leave country.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian mother who spent nine years on death row before being acquitted in Pakistan’s most high-profile blasphemy case was released from prison late Wednesday night (Nov. 7), sources said. Sources close to the family and government officials confirmed that Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, was released from […]

Government in Pakistan under Pressure from Islamists Protesting Asia Bibi Acquittal

Officials facilitate filing of review petition against verdict.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Pakistani government on Friday (Nov. 2) capitulated to demands of Islamist groups protesting the acquittal of Christian mother Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, by agreeing to allow the possibility of a Supreme Court review of the verdict. In the agreement between administration officials and leaders of an […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan Acquits Christian Mother Facing Execution on False Charge

Islamists issue fatwa of death for high court justices.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court today acquitted Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, a Christian mother condemned to death for alleged blasphemy, triggering violent protests and clashes in several cities across the country. After accepting her 2015 appeal in the high-profile case, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan […]

Six Months after Medical Personnel Kill Christian in Pakistan, No Arrests, Brother Says

Counter-case against victim’s family rejected. 

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – More than six months after doctors and hospital staff members killed a Christian at a government hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, none of the suspects has been arrested, the victim’s brother said. Anil Saleem, brother of Sunil Saleem, told Morning Star News that police efforts have been lax in the Catholic family’s quest […]

Christian Loses Sight in One Eye in Attack by Muslim Neighbors

Pakistani Islamists try to drive out only Christian family on the block.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A young Christian man in Karachi, Pakistan lost sight in one eye when armed, Muslim neighbors attacked his family, his father said. Vikram John, 25, lost sight in his left eye after Muslim neighbors who had pressured his family to leave the neighborhood with months of harassment beat him and […]

Christian in Pakistan Charged with ‘Blasphemy’ in Scheme Involving Islamist Party, Sources Say

Young man accused of defaming Muhammad by text message.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A member of an Islamic extremist party in Pakistan has charged a Christian with blasphemy as part of a scheme by the accused’s ex-girlfriend and her brother, sources said. Farhan Aziz, 26, was arrested under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law in Muslim Town, Gujranwala District, Punjab Province, after the brother and […]

Police in Pakistan Kill Young Christian Man in Raid, Relatives Say

Officers notorious for filing false charges, then blackmailing the poor, they say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Poor Christians in Pakistan commonly see police target them for extortion on false charges, and last week such a case ended in the death of a 24-year-old Christian, relatives said. On the assumption that Christians with few legal resources can be targeted with impunity in the 96-percent Muslim country, policemen […]

Christian Woman in Pakistan Dies after Being Set on Fire

Muslim suitor insisted she renounce Christ and marry him, relatives say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian woman in Pakistan died on Sunday night (April 22) after a Muslim in the Sialkot area set her on fire for refusing to convert to Islam and marry him, relatives said. Muhammad Rizwan Gujjar poured kerosene on 25-year-old Asma Yaqoob and set her on fire on Wednesday (April […]

Gunmen Kill Two More Christians, Wound Three, in Quetta, Pakistan

Two girls, 11 and 13, injured in second attack this month in city.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Christians in Quetta, Pakistan are living in fear after the second attack this month by suspected Islamist militants killed two Christians in front of a home. Three other people were injured, including two girls, in the shooting on Sunday (April 15) in the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, […]

Four Christians Killed, Girl Wounded in Easter Monday Attack in Pakistan

Islamic extremist groups suspected.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Four Christians, including a woman, were killed and a young girl wounded in a terrorist attack in Pakistan on Monday (April 2), sources said. Rickshaw driver Pervaiz Masih was transporting his brothers-in-law Imran Masih and Tariq Masih, along with their sister-in-law Firdous, in Quetta, capital of the restive province, when […]