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Pakistani Christian couple refuses to convert: husband is burnt alive, wife raped by police
Both husband and wife worked for a wealthy Muslim businessman in Rawalpindi. Their three children, ranging from 7 and 12, were forced to watch their parents brutalised. The man has suffered 80 per cent burns, and hospital doctors do not think he will survive. Christian organisations stage protests.
Easter in Pakistan where an "unshakable" faith is stronger than fear
Fr Nadeem John Shaker stresses Christians’ deep devotion and their willingness to run any risk in order to take part in church services. For the clergyman, the faithful must be responsible for their own security. He appeals to the West to pray for them and highlight the persecution they have to endure.
Alleged Easter attackers arrested in Lahore
Violence against the mentally disabled accused of blasphemy
Christian physicians and lawyers say that Islam is being used to discriminate against disabled people.
Doubts and surprise among Christians over the first arrest in the Shahbaz Bhatti murder case
After a long period of silence, it is “odd” that the one person who is arrested is an employee of the slain minister who worked for him for ten years, the bishop of Islamabad noted. A Catholic activist finds the direction of the investigation “surprising” and full of oddities. The job of the minister’s brother Paul is at risk, but for the latter it is “premature” to say anything about the probe, urging everyone to wait for the end of the interrogations.
10/12/2004 PAKISTAN HUMAN RIGHTS
Religious minorities, persecuted and marginalised
Non-Muslims are marginalised from the country's political and social life despite guarantees for equal rights and obligations under the 1947 constitution.
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