Acquitted Christian Couple, Attorney Fear for their Lives

Islamic extremists in Pakistan call for their deaths.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian couple acquitted by a high court in Pakistan fear for their lives as Islamic extremists have started a campaign calling for their murders ahead of their yet unconfirmed release from jail, sources said. The Lahore High Court on June 3 overturned the 2014 conviction of Shagufta Kausar and […]

Christian Couple on Death Row in Pakistan Acquitted

Blasphemy charges based on false evidence, judges rule.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Lahore High Court (LHC) today acquitted a Christian couple sentenced to death on charges of blaspheming Islam, their attorney said. Justice Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh accepted an appeal challenging the death sentence and acquitted Shagufta Kausar, 52, and her husband, 49-year-old Shafqat Emmanuel, on the […]

Another Christian Nurse Falsely Accused of Blasphemy

She goes into hiding after threats to maim and kill her.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Nurse Sakina Mehtab said she was stunned to see videos of her Muslim colleagues marching on hospital premises in Lahore, Pakistan last week, shouting Islamist slogans and accusing her of blasphemy. She has since gone into hiding after receiving anonymous calls threatening to “maim and kill” her over the false […]

Police in Pakistan Torture Christian into False Confession

Young man held illegally in custody for more than two months, attorney says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan tortured a Christian man into confessing to a false allegation of blaspheming Islam and illegally kept him in custody for more than two months, his attorney said. Salamat Mansha Masih’s attorney, Aneeqa Maria of The Voice Society, said police were required to present the 26-year-old Christian before […]

Islamists in Pakistan Forcibly ‘Convert’ Catholic, Threaten Family

Muslims say harm will come if mentally challenged man ‘leaves’ Islam.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Members of an Islamic extremist political party in Pakistan have forcibly converted a mentally challenged Catholic and are pressuring his family to renounce their faith, a relative said. Adnan Bashir, 40, wandered out of his home in Gujjar Khan, Punjab Province on April 14 and inadvertently walked into a sit-in […]

Christian Nurses Arrested under Blasphemy Law in Pakistan

Muslim co-workers instigate attacks against two women, sources say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Two Christian nurses complying with a supervisor’s orders to remove stickers at a government hospital were arrested in Faisalabad, Pakistan on Friday (April 9) after a Muslim employee attacked one of them with a knife for the removal of a sticker bearing Koranic verses, sources said. Nurse Mariam Lal and […]

Life Sentence for Christian Changed to Death Penalty

Judge bows to Islamist legal group’s pressure.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Ruling in favor of an Islamist legal group’s petition, the Lahore High Court on March 10 changed a sentence of life imprisonment to the death penalty for a Christian convicted of sending a blasphemous text message in 2011. The high court’s approval of an appeal for the criminal code revision […]

Another Christian Girl in Pakistan Kidnapped, Forcibly Converted

Police shielding kidnappers, keeping parents from 13-year-old, sources say. 

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Johnson Masih and his wife Samina were shocked when police in Lahore, Pakistan told them their 13-year-old daughter, missing since Feb. 19, had converted to Islam and married a Muslim. A few days after registering a missing person report with police on Feb. 21, the investigating officer summoned them to […]

Christian in Pakistan Convicted of ‘Blasphemy’ Released on Bail

Appeal of Christian couple on death row again inexplicably delayed.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Lahore High Court has released on bail a 20-year-old Christian two years after his conviction under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws for allegedly posting a sacrilegious photograph on social media, his lawyer said. Incarcerated since his arrest in 2016, Nabeel Masih became the youngest person to be charged with blasphemy in […]

Father Recovers Forcibly Converted/Married Daughter

12-year-old girl in Pakistan was found chained in home of ‘husband.’

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Asif Masih beamed with joy to have his 12-year-old daughter back home on Tuesday (Feb. 16) in Faisalabad, Pakistan following her alleged kidnapping and forcible conversion and marriage to a 45-year-old Muslim. “Praise God, for He has answered our prayers and rescued my daughter,” Masih said hours after Faisalabad Session […]