PAKISTAN: Pastor Acquitted of Blasphemy Charges
  • 18 July 2019

Jadoon Masih, a Pentecostal pastor who was arrested two years ago on charges of blasphemy, was acquitted on 12 July by the High Court in Lahore. Before his arrest, Masih was a pastor at Nasiri Pentecostal Church. While this is good news for Masih and the Christian community of Pakistan, the potential for mob violence […]

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PAKISTAN: Appeal Adjourned for the Seventh Time
  • 04 July 2019

Zafar Bhatti has been in prison since July 2012, charged with sending blasphemous text messages. In 2017 he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He denies any involvement and the mobile phone used to send the messages was not registered to his name. He has appealed the sentence, yet hearings have been repeatedly adjourned. The latest […]

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PAKISTAN: Upcoming Court Hearing
  • 16 May 2019

The court handling the case of Pakistani Christian Imran Ghafur announced a new court hearing on Friday 17 May. Imran has been in prison for nearly 10 years on blasphemy charges. In January 2010 Imran Ghafur was sentenced to life in prison and fined the equivalent of two-and-a-half years’ salary for an unskilled worker. Imran […]

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Pakistan: Asia Bibi Finally Free
  • 09 May 2019

Asia Bibi is finally out of Pakistan. Officials have confirmed that Asia has been released. Her lawyer has told CNN she is now in Canada, where two of her daughters have already been granted asylum. The Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy by the Pakistan Supreme Court last year, but has not been free to […]

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PAKISTAN: Four Christian Women Falsely Accused
  • 28 February 2019

Four Christian women from the Farooq-e-Azam neighbourhood of Karachi, Pakistan were falsely accused of blasphemy on 19 February. Following the false accusation, a mob of enraged Muslims attacked the Christian-majority neighbourhood, leading to the displacement of Christian families. The incident began in January, when Fayaz and Samina Riaz, a Muslim couple, were asked to vacate […]

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