The U.S. Government has a new weapon to fight terrorism: "Sesame Street."
According to The Associated Press, the U.S. is spending $20 million on a Pakistani version of "Sesame Street" that it hopes will fight Islamic radicalism by increasing tolerance.
"One of the key goals of the show in Pakistan is to increase tolerance toward groups like women and ethnic minorities," said Larry Dolan, who was the head education officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Pakistan until very recently. more >>
LAHORE, Pakistan – A Christian mother of five who was allegedly raped by two Muslims rejoiced after police in Pakistan’s Kasur district arrested a suspect and suspended an officer who had dismissed her complaints, but her solace was short-lived when her father collapsed and died Friday night (Sept. 30) after learning of her ordeal.
The 32-year-old woman and her husband, municipal worker Mushtaq Masih, told Compass by phone that they had lost hope of getting justice as they were facing threats from area Muslims to withdraw the case even as police were deliberately slow to investigate and arrest the accused.
Heartened after advocate pressure led to the arrest last week of one of the primary suspects in the case, the woman, whose name is withheld, went to visit her father late Friday night (Sept. 30). Up to that point she had not been able to bear informing her siblings and 70-year-old father, Gama Masih, about being raped on Sept. 15, but the family felt it was unwise to refrain further. more >>
The man who shot dead the governor of Punjab Province over his support for reform to blasphemy laws has been sentenced to death.
Mumtaz Qadri admitted killing Salman Taseer in January because of his support for changes to the controversial laws, which rights groups say are being misused to persecute Christians in the Muslim-majority country.
Qadri was Taseer’s personal bodyguard when he gunned down the minister near his home in Islamabad on January 4. more >>
A Christian teen was reportedly raped in Pakistan by three Muslim men while she was working, it emerged Tuesday and her case, according to an international advocacy group, is part of a troubling trend in which Muslim men use sexual assault as a weapon against Christian girls.
The International Christian Concern (ICC), an advocacy group, reported the event on their website Tuesday, after an investigation. Regional Manager for South Asia, Jonathan Racho, told The Christian Post that one of the organization’s reporters talked to the young woman in person.
The incident took place on Sept. 16, ICC has established. The 18-year-old girl, whose name was not revealed for security reasons, was working alone on a Muslim farm in the Village of Muphat Pura, in Kasur district. At 5 p.m. local time, three relatives of her Muslim employer came to her and allegedly raped her. more >>
A teenage Pakistani Christian girl has been accused of blasphemy after she accidentally misspelled a word in a poem about the Muslim prophet Muhammad during an examination.
The eighth grader, Faryal Bhatti, who attends a girls' high school in the Pakistan Ordnance Factories colony at Havelian, near Abbottabad, misspelled the word 'naat' (hymn) as 'laanat' (curse) when answering a question about a poem written in praise of Muhammad. The two words, written in Urdu, differ only with a coma and are, according to commentators, easy to confuse, especially for a young person.
The exam took place Thursday, Sept. 22. The teacher noticed the mistake while collecting the papers and beat Faryal as punishment, according to The Express Tribune, a Pakistani news outlet. more >>
LAHORE, Pakistan – A Christian mother of five was allegedly raped by two Muslim men in mid-September, and area Islamists are threatening to harm her family if charges against the suspects are not dropped, the woman and her husband told Compass.
On Sept. 15, the 32-year-old woman said, she was returning home to Mustafabad, in Punjab Province’s Kasur district, from a garment factory where she works. Two Muslims, identified only as 23-year-old Bhallu and 27-year-old Shera, along with an unidentified accomplice, allegedly abducted her at gunpoint, took her to an abandoned house in the area and raped her, she said.
Working late, she had reached the Mustafabad bus stop at 11:45 p.m. and had begun walking to her home five minutes away; the street was deserted, said the alleged victim, whose name is withheld. more >>