Christian in Pakistan Arrested, Tortured on Blasphemy Charges

False accusation threatens 54-year-old father’s job, retirement fund.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Pakistan beat and arrested a Christian on Tuesday (March 16) for allegedly making blasphemous comments on social media and later tortured him into confessing guilt, sources said. Cybercrime officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Gujranwala Circle raided the Lahore home of Fansan Shahid, 54, shortly after midnight […]

Lay Pastor Slain, Priest Wounded in Northwestern Pakistan

Unknown gunmen attack them on street in Peshawar.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Church of Pakistan lay pastor was gunned down and a priest wounded by unknown assailants as the leaders drove home from a worship service on Sunday (Jan. 30) in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar, sources said. Church of Pakistan Bishop of Peshawar Humphrey Peters said that William Siraj, […]

Another Christian Girl Allegedly Forced to Convert/Marry

Family of 14-year-old says Muslim neighbor kidnapped her.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The abduction and forced conversion of Christian girls in Pakistan continued with impunity as another minor was separated from her parents the first week of the year, sources said. Mahnoor Ashraf, a 14-year-old Pentecostal Christian, went missing shortly after leaving her home in Lahore’s Cantonment area for a nearby shop […]

Christian’s Prison Term Changed to Death Sentence in Pakistan

Separately, historic bail granted to blasphemy suspect.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A judge changed a Christian’s life prison term under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws into the death sentence last week, while the Pakistan Supreme Court granted historic bail to another Christian held on similar charges, sources said. Zafar Bhatti, 56, who has languished in jail since 2012 after being accused of sending […]

Christian Parents in Pakistan Regain Custody of Minor Daughter

Allegedly kidnapped, forcibly married/converted girl opts for home.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Pakistan on Wednesday (Dec. 22) handed custody of a 14-year-old girl back to her Christian parents after she testified that she wished to return to them from a shelter home, sources said. The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued the decision in the case of Arzoo Raja, now […]

Christian Sentenced to Death for ‘Blasphemy’ Acquitted

False charge sent him to prison for nearly 10 years.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian in Pakistan incarcerated for nearly 10 years on a false blasphemy conviction was released from prison on Nov. 13 after a high court acquitted him, but quietly to avoid Islamist outrage, his attorney said. The life prison sentence of Sajjad Masih Gill, 37, had been converted to the […]

Historic Bail for Nurses Charged with Blasphemy, Lawyer Says

Decision cloaked for two months to deter Islamist backlash.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In an unprecedented court decision in Pakistan kept secret for two months to avoid Islamist backlash, a trial court judge granted bail to two Christian nurses charged with “defiling the Koran,” their attorney said. Usually those charged under Pakistan’s widely condemned blasphemy laws even with little or no evidence languish […]

Court Gives Custody of Christian Girl to Alleged Kidnapper

Islam gives mental capacity more importance than age, judge rules. 

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan have found a 14-year-old Christian girl who was allegedly kidnapped and forced to marry and convert to Islam, but a court on Thursday (Sept. 23) rejected her family’s attempt to recover her, ruling that Islam gives mental capacity more importance than age in such cases. The Lahore […]

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 […]