Policing authorities in the town of Sargodha in the Punjab province of Pakistan have arrested and charged a Christian man known healing the sick with allegedly committing the crime of blasphemy.
According to the British Pakistani Christian Association, Naveed John, a Christian resident from the Maryam Colony in Sargodha, was arrested on Oct. 8 and has been languishing in prison since his arrest.
The humanitarian agency's report states that John was arrested after police officers found a sword in his room that featured verses from the Quran inscribed into the blade. Family members told BPCA that police officials have demanded that they pay a bribe if they want John to be released. more >>
A Pakistani Christian man and his family were forced to flee from their home to escape the wrath of an enraged Muslim mob after he was accused of blasphemy during an altercation over water with a group of Muslim men.
According to the British Pakistani Christian Association, the accused Christian man, 40-year-old Aftab Gill and his family from the Wazirabad area of Punjab province, regularly collected their home's water supply from the local mosque's tap — just like many others in the community.
As the mosque's water tap is the only real clean supply available to the community, Gill, who cares for his five children, was drawing water on Aug. 14 when he was told by a Muslim man that Christians were not allowed to draw from the tap unless they accepted Islam. more >>
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has upheld the death sentence of a security guard who assassinated former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer for publicly speaking against the country's draconian blasphemy laws on behalf of a Christian woman.
The Pakistan's apex court has dismissed an appeal to revoke convict Mumtaz Qadri's death sentence, according to that country's newspaper, The Express Tribune.
The court also retained terrorism charges on Qadri which were dropped by a lower court. more >>
More than a thousand Pakistani Christians and church leaders in Lahore gathered outside of Punjab's legislative assembly on Wednesday to demand that the province's legislature throw out a proposed amendment that they beleive is designed to strip voting rights from religious minorities, women and workers in local elections.
According to UCA News, the proposed amendment would alter the electoral system so that women, religious minorities, and workers would not be able to vote for their representatives in their municipal councils.
Instead of voting for their own representatives who are legally allotted to their respective social classes, the amendment would give council members from the majority party the right to select the council's two female members, a non-Muslim member and representatives for workers and youth. more >>
Witnesses have said that Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death in Pakistan, is living in deplorable prison conditions, which they describe as a "hell hole." Bibi is reportedly bombarded with constant pressure to embrace Islam, but refuses to deny her Christian faith.
Mission Network News reported on Tuesday that sources close to the ALIVE network of churches have managed to investigate conditions at the women's block in Multan Jail, where Bibi is being held.
According to MNN, those individuals found that the building "does not have any system of cross ventilation." more >>
Islamic extremists such as the Taliban advance their agendas by inflicting pain and fear upon those who oppose their radical ideologies — especially Christians. But even fellow Muslims are not safe.
The new documentary "He Named Me Malala" takes an eye opening look at how rogue factions like the Taliban inflict constant terror in people's daily lives, and how the actions of one girl, who became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner, has inspired people around the world to stop being silenced by fear.
"Malala" is based on the book of the same name and tells the true story of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani Muslim girl who was shot in head by the Taliban during an assassination attempt on her way home from school in 2012 but survived. more >>