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 […]

Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy Charge after Two Others Sentenced to Death in Pakistan

Brothers accused of insulting Muhammad on website.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A judge in Pakistan has acquitted a Christian accused of blasphemy one month after two Christians were sentenced to death in an online blasphemy case, sources said. Kasur District Additional Sessions Judge Ijaz Ahmed Bosal dropped charges against Pervaiz Masih, 38, on Jan. 15 after prosecutors failed to submit any […]

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 […]