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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Pakistani Christians find unlikely ally

Ahead of Saturday’s elections, the BBC reports on an unlikely development in Pakistan. Related Articles:Persecution Watch countries: Beyond the Top 50Christians matter least in Pakistani politicsPakistan’s anti-blasphemy protests showcase…70 years after Pakistan’s founding, what…Asia Bibi central to trade deals, EU tells PakistanCoastal and north-east Kenyans have more to fear…

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That explains it

Here’s why Lahore police stood by March 9 as 3,000 people burned more than 150 Christian homes in city’s Joseph Colony sector: “If any of them got killed the issue might have blown out of proportion and spread all across the country.” So said a government lawyer Wednesday to the Pakistan Supreme Court, according […]

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Pakistan Supreme Court confirms decision to drop blasphemy case

Pakistan Supreme Court confirms decision to drop blasphemy case

The Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeal to reopen a blasphemy case against a Christian teen who had been accused of burning pages containing verses from the Quran. Rimsha Masih had been acquitted of the charges in November by the High Court in Islamabad.  The lower court’s decision was appealed […]

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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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