The future of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death in 2010 on accusations of blasphemy, appears to be uncertain after a senior judge who was to preside over her appeal suddenly resigned, says a Pakistani Christian group, highlighting the rise in hatred against Christians.
Weeks after Pakistan's Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of Bibi's final appeal against her execution due to Justice Iqbal Hameed recusing himself from the case earlier this month, the judge has now resigned giving no specific reason, according to local media.
"Mr Hameed did not want to face the outright condemnation that people in the West would have for his sentencing of Asia Bibi to death by hanging," Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, writes on the group's website. more >>
Human rights activists and politicians in Pakistan have banded together to successfully secure the release of a 9-year-old Christian boy and his mother who were jailed last week and could have faced the death penalty after they were accused of burning the Quran.
According to the London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association, 9-year-old Izhan was at school in the town of Quetta on Oct. 20 when he was accused of burning a copy of Islam's holy book.
The next day, he and his mother, Shakil, who works as a nurse at a nearby hospital, were arrested without the police conducting an investigation into the allegations provided by a Muslim witness. more >>
The Pakistani Supreme Court appeal hearing on the case of Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death after being accused of committing blasphemy against Islam, has been indefinitely adjourned after one of the judges removed himself based on a possible conflict of interest.
BBC News reports that hundreds of riot police were deployed around the Supreme Court in the capital, Islamabad, fearful of actions by radicals who demand that Bibi be put to death for allegedly insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, something which she denies.
Judge Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman, one of the three judges who was was supposed to hear Bibi's appeal, recused himself on Thursday from the case. more >>
A persecution watchdog group is organizing a 24-hour prayer rally for Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five who's facing the death penalty in Pakistan for blasphemy, and warns that hard-line Islamists could lash out violently against Christians after next week's hearing.
The Pakistani Supreme court announced on Friday that Bibi's appeal will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 in Islamabad, which is expected to decide whether the Christian mother will escape the death penalty, or become the first woman in Pakistan to face such an extreme punishment for blasphemy.
Bibi was originally sentenced to death after an argument with Muslim co-workers back in June 2009, in which she was accused of insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, though she denies the charge. more >>
A Pakistani Christian family was tied up and beaten by a group of Muslims who stormed their home last month looking to force the family to convert to Islam. But when the family refused to renounce their faith, their youngest daughter was abducted, raped and has yet to return home.
The London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association has come to the aid of the Masih family, a family of 10 Christians caught in the grips of bonded labor (modern day slavery) near the city of Kasur in Eastern Pakistan.
According to BPCA, the family lived in a small home made of mud and had been constantly pressured by local Muslims to convert to Islam, as they were the only family in the neighborhood who hadn't embraced Islam. more >>
A Muslim man in Pakistan was arrested after he shot and killed his 18-year-old sister because he felt that she had disgraced the family by marrying a Christian man.
Mubeen Rajhu, a 24-year-old who hails from Lahore, killed his 18-year-old sister, Tasleem, by shooting her in the head in August because she disobeyed the family's wishes when she got married to a Christian man.