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  • Christian mother's life in hands of Pakistani court

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 09, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (BP) -- Christian mother Asia Bibi only offered a Muslim coworker a drink of water. Subsequently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010, Bibi awaits the result of her final court appeal heard Oct. 8.

    The coworker said Bibi's Christianity made the water ceremonially unclean, setting off a chain of false accusations related to Bibi's beliefs and backed by Muslim clerics. The Supreme Court of Pakistan heard hours of testimony before deferring a ruling in the case, with no official timeline set for a decision, according to news reports. Read More

  • Pakistan: ISIS claims attack on church

    by Morning Star News/Pakistan correspondent, posted Monday, December 18, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- Terror struck Christians in Pakistan's Balochistan Province Sunday (Dec. 17) as four terrorists allegedly linked with the Islamic State group (ISIS) attacked a church, killing at least nine worshipers and injuring more than 50 others.

    Police and church officials told Morning Star News that four suicide attackers stormed the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in the provincial capital, Quetta, in the southwestern part of the country. Read More

  • Pakistani death sentences show blasphemy laws' threat

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, November 08, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The October death sentences for three Pakistani men demonstrate the threat of blasphemy laws in many countries to the life and liberty of Christians and other religious minorities.

    The judgments for the Pakistanis -- all members of the Ahmadi Muslim sect -- came two months after the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued a report that showed more than one-third of the world's countries have blasphemy laws. Most of the blasphemy laws in those 71 countries not only transgress international human rights standards but fail to fully protect freedom of expression and impose unduly severe punishments on violators, according to the report. Read More

  • 3rd Pakistani Christian teenager killed since August

    by Morning Star News/Pakistan Correspondent, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- Police in Pakistan beat a 14-year-old Christian boy to death on Monday, Oct. 9, because he had gotten into a fight with a Muslim classmate who tried to bully him into renouncing his faith, Morning Star News reported Oct. 11.

    Arasalan Masih is the third Christian teenager to be killed in Pakistan since August.

    Mushtaq Masih told Morning Star News that his son, Arsalan Masih, was a student at a private center in the Punjab province village of Jhabran Mandi, located in the ... Read More

  • Year after Pakistan Easter bombing, suffering lingers

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 27, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- Families are still struggling a year after a suicide bomber killed more than 70 people and injured hundreds others in an attack targeting Christians at Easter in Lahore, Pakistan, International Christian Concern (ICC) noted on the event's March 27 anniversary.

    At least 21 Christians were killed and 45 Christians injured when an Islamic State terrorist denoted a suicide vest, killing an estimated 75 people and injuring about 340 others during an evening Easter celebration in a public park. Read More

  • Christian charged with blasphemy, 106 Muslims acquitted

    by Morning Star/Pakistan correspondent, posted Tuesday, February 07, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- A 70-year-old Christian in Pakistan was jailed on blasphemy charges on the same day 106 Muslims accused in a 2013 attack on a Christian colony were acquitted.

    A mosque leader in the Lambanwali area north of Gujranwala, Punjab Province, on Jan. 28 accused Mukhtar Masih of writing two letters containing derogatory remarks about the Koran and Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, police records show. ... Read More

  • Asia Bibi appeal postponed amid tensions in Pakistan

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (BP) -- The final appeal of a death sentence for Asia Bibi, a Christian mother imprisoned more than seven years over a blasphemy allegation, has been postponed; Islamic protestors, meanwhile, renew calls for her execution.

    The appeal scheduled today (Oct. 13) for 51-year-old Aasiya Noreen, also known as Asia Bibi, was postponed after one of three justices set to hear the case recused himself, World Watch Monitor, a news service focused on global persecution of Christians, reported. Read More

  • Christian mother gets final appeal of death sentence

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (2 years ago)

    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- A Pakistani Christian mother will get her final court appeal Oct. 13 to avoid execution on a charge of blasphemy by Muslim women who objected to her drinking from a shared cup at a water well.

    Pakistani's supreme court has announced it will hear the case of 51-year-old Aasiya Noreen, also known as Asia Bibi, whose execution had been temporarily suspended in July 2015, The Independent of London reported. Bibi was sentenced to death by hanging in 2010 on charges of insulting the prophet Mohammad while working in a field as a day laborer in 2009, and the Lahore High Court upheld her conviction four years later. Read More

  • GLOBAL: Terror attacks no one is talking about

    by Travis Wussow, posted Thursday, April 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Take steps to care as much about terror attacks in Pakistan, Turkey and elsewhere around the world as the one in Brussels, writes Travis Wussow, director of international justice and religious freedom for the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Read More

  • Pakistani Easter bombing death toll rising

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- The death toll is rising from a suicide bombing targeting Christians in a crowded park on Easter Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan, with at least 75 dead and more than 368 wounded, 138 of them critically, based on reports from Morning Star News and CNN.

    Already claiming responsibility for the evening attack and professing to have targeted Christians is the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar terrorist group, a splinter faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that has professed allegiance to ISIS. Read More