» 04/18/2012, 00.00
Muslims strip Christian woman in Punjab because she "dressed up", shoot at her son
A family in Gojra is attacked by some Muslims because they like to "dress up". The mother is brutally beaten whilst her son is shot at, luckily without consequences. Police and the courts fail to apprehend the offenders. The local priest says that such violence is used to maintain people in "conditions of inferiority".
Pakistani Christian leader receives threats, told to “stop building churches or we will kill you”
Since February, "unknown extremists" have threatened Javed David, of the ‘Hope for the Light Ministries’. Since 2013, he and his associates have been helping poor Christian communities build places of worship.
Alishba Bibi, beaten and humiliated by a Muslim family, calls for a stop to "anti-Christian attacks"
The 30-years-old mother of four children was brutally attacked by powerful local Muslims, dragged in the street, her clothes torn off. Police arrested and then released the accused, changing their initial report. The pre-bail hearing set for last Friday was postponed until today. Under protection, Alishba plans to fight the case for herself and the Christian community.
Asia Bibi prays for freedom but judges are hostage of fundamentalists
Ashiq Masih saw his wife in prison. She is frail but “high in spirit”. Prison guard is suspended for having “hot words” with Asia Bibi as prison security is tightened. The family continues to hope for her release, but judges are threatened by Muslim extremists. Pakistan mourns the death of Begum Nusrat Bhutto.
Blasphemy law, a sword hanging over our heads
Asia Bibi’s case is but the latest in a long series of tragedies due to the infamous law, which sows fear in people. The Church of Pakistan is a Church that suffers, but it has a prophetic role to play: “bring hope to an entire people”.
Asia Bibi affair: Islamic parties set strike date for 24 December, same day as Christian march
The High Court in Lahore could set date for Asia Bibi’s appeal against her death sentence for blasphemy as early as tomorrow. Islamic parties set up steering committee to stop amendments to the law, which has been a source of abuses. They also announce a strike for the same day as the Christian protest march.
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