» 01/05/2011, 00.00
Anyone who is against the blasphemy law puts his life at risk, Lahore archbishop says
The late governor of Punjab was buried today in Cavalry Ground cemetery in Lahore. High-ranking government officials took part in the ceremony. Speaking to AsiaNews, Mgr Saldhana, archbishop of Lahore, condemned Taseer’s murder, urging everyone, including the media, to speak out against the blasphemy law.
Pakistan: death sentence for Salman Taseer’s assassin Mumtaz Qadri
The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Pakistan today issued the sentence defining the murder "a heinous and unjustifiable crime ". Qadri’s lawyers argue the "inevitability" of the murder, caused by Taseer’s "reprehensible statements" on blasphemy law. Protests outside the prison. Bishop of Islamabad: "a brave judgement, now we must work together for a tolerant society."
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Asia Bibi’s final appeal postponed once again. The local Church invites us to pray
The final appeal was set to be heard today in Islamabad, after having been postponed from 2014. A judge refused to show up, perhaps out of fear. She is accused of blasphemy, but has always denied any wrongdoing. She has been in prison since 2009. Muslims call for a "quick hanging".
Extremist group announces suicide attack to kill Asia Bibi
Pakistani intelligence says Moaviya group is planning a suicide attack against Sheikhupura Prison, where the woman has been held since 2009. In Lahore, the first hearing for the murder of Punjab Governor of Salman Taseer opens amid hugging and showering of flowers for his assassin.
01/03/2016 09:23:00 PAKISTAN
High alert ahead of Mumtaz Qadri’s funeral. Fears for Asia Bibi’s life
The funeral will take place in the coming hours in Rawalpindi. Millions of Islamic fanatics have already gathered and the same number is expected in Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar at other simultaneous funeral ceremonies. Raised security measures around Asia Bibi, who had been defended by Governor Salman Taseer. The family of the woman hid in a secret location.
03/03/2011 INDIA – PAKISTAN
Shahbaz Bhatti, a “voice for the oppressed” and for minorities
Two priests remember the brutally murdered Pakistani minister, a man who fought for religious freedom and human dignity in Pakistan.
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