Pakistan’s Supreme Court today agreed to review the case of a Christian mother sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge, temporarily suspending her execution. Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court at the Lahore Registry admitted for hearing her petition challenging the sentence.
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Two Christian brothers remain detained on charges of blasphemy against Islam after one of them was accused of having “disrespectful material” on his website, a senior rights official confirmed to BosNewsLife Monday, July 20. “A case has been registered against Qaisar and Amoon Ayub of Lahore relating to accusations dating back to 2011,” said Nasir Saeed, a director of the Pakistan-based advocacy ‘Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement’ (CLAAS).
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman who has been sentenced to death for “blasphemy” for drinking from a Muslim water cup, appears to be bleeding to death in prison. She was found last week vomiting blood, suffering chest pains and having trouble eating.
The BBC reports that eight out of ten men who tried to kill Malala Yousafzai in 2012 have been secretly acquitted by the Pakistani government. In April, Pakistani officials stated that 10 Taliban terrorists had been found guilty and received 25-year sentences.
A leading Pakistani human rights activist has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Karachi after hosting a talk on allegations of torture in the province of Balochistan. Sabeen Mehmud was shot dead as she drove home with her mother, who was also attacked. Ms Mehmud had been the subject of death threats before. Tributes were paid to her on social media as soon as news of her death emerged.
Suspected Islamic militants opened fire on a Catholic school in Pakistan’s city of Lahore Friday, April 17, injuring a Christian student and two security guards, church sources and rights activists said.
A Christian rights official in Pakistan is demanding police protection for himself and family members after his brother was shot and injured following a series of threats and attacks.
Less than twoweeks after suicide bombers murdered 18 worshippers at two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, the country’s Ecumenical Commission for Human Development has issued its initial report on the atrocity saying it underscores “growing intolerance” towards minority groups. “Recent years…have witnessed an environment of growing intolerance, vigilantism and impunity against various groups, endorsed by the state and sanctioned by the society,” the Commission said in a report obtained by BosNewsLife.
At least 17 people, including two policemen, have succumbed to their injuries from the suicide attacks in Lahore’s Youhanabad area, which targeted Christ Church Youhanabad and St. John’s Catholic Church during Sunday Mass. Christians on Monday (March 16) filled roads to protest against the attacks, and one Christian youth was killed and 15 others were wounded in Lahore as violent protests spread from Youhanabad to other parts of the country.
Pope Francis on Sunday, March 15, appealed for peace and solidarity with Pakistan’s “persecuted” Christian minority after bombings at two churches in Lahore left at least 14 people dead and scores of others wounded. He also accused the world of trying to hide the persecution of Christians.