» 07/16/2012, 00.00
Christians condemn the killing of Muslim man for blasphemy in Punjab
Some 3,000 people, mostly madrassa students, set fire to Ghulam Abbas for ripping some pages of the Qur'an. The victim was mentally disabled. The silence of the authorities and police is upsetting, Christian activist says.
Christian leader falsely charged of blasphemy in Islamabad
The complaint against him claims he sent text messages insulting Muhammad's mother. Legal experts say the case is flawed because charges were laid under the wrong section of the Criminal Code. Human rights activists pledge a battle in court. For Mgr Rufin Anthony, personal animosities are behind the case.
Anti-Christian attacks “premeditated”, says archbishop of Lahore
Mgr Saldanha calls for more decisive government action to protect the Christian minority, forced to “defend itself alone”. He launches an appeal “to protect the Christians of Pakistan.” Christian leaders shut down all Christian schools and institutions to protest the violence. The Pope sends a telegram for the victims.
Punjab: “dangerous” to say Jesus is son of God
Some Muslim extremists warned the Christian community: affirming the divine nature of Christ hurts the feelings of the Muslim community so prayers to the “supposed” son of God should cease immediately.
Blasphemy laws, a pretext to attack Pakistan’s religious minorities
The official death toll in the Gojra massacre now stands at eight. A 35-year-old man succumbs last night to injuries he sustained during the attack by Muslim fundamentalists. Rights activists and minority leaders believe the government condones such attacks by tolerating laws that punish offences against Islam. The Catholic Church of India and Geneva-based World Council of Churches express their solidarity with fellow Christians in Pakistan.
Police brutality against Christians must be addressed at a political level
Another youth tortured to death. Demonstrators hurt.
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