Some of the world’s most widely-known cases of anti-Christian pressure and violence have arisen in Pakistan, a country whose founder promoted religious freedom. Aasiya Noreen, popularly known as Asia Bibi, remains on death row, convicted of insulting Islam. Her case has prompted international condemnation of Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws. Meanwhile, several churches and Christian colonies have been attacked by Islamists in recent years, leading to the loss of many lives.

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Pakistan court clears Rimsha; location remains secret as risk remains

Pakistan court clears Rimsha; location remains secret as risk remains

The case against Rimsha Masih, the teenage Pakistani Christian girl, has today been dropped by the court in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. Rimsha, who was arrested in August on suspicion of desecrating Islamic texts, was originally charged in an adult court with blasphemy; there the penalty was life imprisonment. The […]

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Rimsha leaves Pakistan jail, reunited with family, government says

Rimsha leaves Pakistan jail, reunited with family, government says

Under heavy security, Rimsha Masih, the teenage Christian Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, was whisked out of jail Saturdy to a waiting helicopter that government officials said took her to rejoin her family.The Pakistani news agency Dawn reported Rimsha, left Adiala Jail wering a green shirt and pants, and entered an armored […]

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Case against Rimsha’s dramatic turn prompts Pakistan religious leaders to debate blasphemy law

Case against Rimsha’s dramatic turn prompts Pakistan religious leaders to debate blasphemy law

An unexpected twist in the Rimsha Masih blasphemy case appears to have paved the way for her freedom from apparently false charges of desecrating the Quran. The imam who supported her accuser was himself arrested and appeared in court on the same charge as the girl, that of desecrating the […]

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Talk of violence against Rimsha worries her lawyer

Talk of violence against Rimsha worries her lawyer

Confident on Wednesday of Rimsha Masih’s release, her lawyer was apprehensive Thursday after a prosecutor hinted strongly at the likelihood of violence if she is freed. “This girl is guilty,” said Rao Abdur Raheem, a lawyer for the man who has accused the girl of blasphemy against Islam. “If the […]

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Police in Pakistan decline to prosecute rape suspects

Police in Pakistan decline to prosecute rape suspects

Police have refused to arrest Muslims accused of causing the miscarriage of twin girls by beating their mother, even though a judge cancelled the suspects’ interim bails, according to the woman’s husband. Officers in Punjab Province’s Narowal district are biased in siding with Muslims accused of causing the miscarriage and […]

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