At least 70 people, mostly Christians and children, have been killed in a mass suicide attack in Lahore, Pakistan, on Easter Sunday, with the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar terror group claiming responsibility and admitting it targeted Christians.
Another 300 people were injured in the bomb blast, which was carried out in a park in Lahore, close to a children's playground which was more crowded than usual as the minority Christian population was celebrating Easter, BBC News reported.
Persecution watchdog groups have called for a response from the Western world, asking why close attention is only paid to terror attacks in the U.S. and Europe, and not elsewhere around the world as well. more >>
The U.S. State Department of issued a statement condemning "in the strongest terms" Sunday's suicide bombing in Pakistan but made no mention that the terror attack targeted Christians celebrating Easter.
"This cowardly act, which targeted innocent civilians in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, has killed dozens and left scores injured," the State Department said in its release after the attack in a busy park in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday evening.
At least 70 people were killed, mostly women and children who were on an Easter weekend outing, according to Reuters. About 340 others were wounded, and 25 of them are said to be in serious condition. more >>
A Pakistani Christian mother who was kidnapped and forced into an Islamic marriage with her Muslim landlord and then escaped months later has been returned to her abductor by her own family in hopes that it will spare the rest of the family from extreme persecution and arrest.
As The Christian Post previously reported, Fouzia Sadiq, a 30-year-old mother of three whose entire family works as bonded laborers in Pattoki, was abducted last July by her Muslim landlord named Muhammed Nazir.
Although Fouzia's brother, Paris, went looking for her at Nazir's house, he was told that Fouzia had entered into a marriage with Nazir and that she was now his property. more >>
The Pakistani Parliament has finally passed legislation that criminalizes sexual assault of children, child trafficking and child pornagraphy, although Christian rights activist are skeptical that such a law will protect Christian girls from being kidnapped and raped by Muslim men.
The upper house of Pakistan's national legislative body approved a measure last Friday that will make any sexual assault against minors punishable by up to seven years in jail, several Pakistani news outlets have reported.
The legislation also makes the crime of child pornagraphy punishable with a fine of up to about $7,000 and up to seven years in jail. Additionally, the measure makes all child trafficking in Pakistan a crime. Previously, sex traffickers were only prosecuted if they removed the child from the country. more >>
Muslim parents in eastern Uganda burned down their son's home after learning that he left Islam to give his life to Jesus Christ, a leading Christian persecution watchdog group has reported.
After Mohammed Nsera, a Nigerian teen who lives in the predominantly Christian village of Katende, Uganda, graduated from high school last year, his Muslim parents kindly built him a small house on the family's property as a graduation present.
According to Morning Star News, Nsera gave his life to Christ on Jan. 3 after he heard about the power of Christ's salvation at an evangelistic event and later had a dream in which Jesus appeared to him. The news of Nsera's conversion drew the ire of his parents, uncle and six siblings. more >>
A Muslim man has reportedly shot dead the 17-year-old son of a Christian family in Pakistan after the boy's mother rejected his advances.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, which reports on crimes and legal cases concerning Christians in Pakistan, said the crime occurred on Feb. 27 in the town of Qayum in Faisalabad City.
The Muslim suspect, 57-year-old Tahir Jutt, who had a "known long-term infatuation" with 42-year-old Shazia Tahir, apparently got involved in a family argument she was having with her husband, Tahir Qadeer, and persisted trying to intervene even when Shazia turned down his help. more >>