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Punjab: Christian woman forced to convert and marry her kidnapper
Mariam Gill was abducted on her way home from the market. Her father and brother filed a complaint with police, which failed to intervene however because her kidnapper is “a respectable Muslim businessman”. A Muslim religious leader says the action was in accordance with Islamic law. Islamabad bishop warns that cases of forced conversion are “rising at an alarming rate”.
Pakistan elections: for young people Sharia is better than democracy
A survey conducted among 5,000 Pakistanis aged 18 to 29 delivers such a result. One third of Pakistani voters are under 30 and they will play a decisive role in May's election. Over two thirds state that they are worse off now. The economy, not extremism, is the real concern. Catholic leaders say, "It takes time" to rebuild the country and "trust" in the future.
Christian man mortally wounded in Baluchistan for refusing to convert to Islam
Younas Masih, 55, died this afternoon after days in agony. Last Thursday, a gunman shot him five times as he made his way home from work. Recently, his co-workers had tried to force him to embrace Islam. Police has refused so far to open an investigation into his murder.
Faisalabad, the battle of a Christian woman for her family and religious freedom
Hanifan Bibi was segregated at home by her husband who converted to Islam following an extramarital affair with a Muslim woman. He wanted to take the house bought with money earned by his wife. The intervention of NCJP activists has helped justice prevail. Now the court will assess civil damages.
Sanghar: Catholic nurse living in fear because she does not want to marry Muslim man
Ghulam Muhammad, an influential and feared Muslim businessman in Sanghar District, has threatened to abduct Nazia Masih and disfigured her with acid because she has refused to marry him. The man is known to police because of several complaints against him of kidnappings and rapes. Yet he lives with impunity. Now Nazia's whole family is in danger. "We are Christians and poor," she said. "In Pakistan, our honour and property are not safe." For a Catholic priest in Karachi, "This is shameful". The authorities "need to do something to protect them."
Punjab: Christian student nurse forced to convert to marry Muslim man
Farah Hatim, 24, was kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam. Although her family filed n abduction report, local police and politicians are protecting the culprits. The victim’s lawyer and a human rights activist also point to the legal flaws in the young woman’s alleged statement of conversion presented in court. For a Catholic priest, the rising number of anti-Christian incidents is “alarming”.
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