» 09/25/2014, 00.00
PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Rawalpindi, Christian leader accused of blasphemy murdered in prison
The 42-year old Reverend Zafar Bhatti, President of the Jesus World Mission, was accused (on false charges) of violating the "black law". He was shot to death died in his cell. In recent weeks he had been subjected to threats from prison guards and fellow prisoners. AsiaNews Catholic sources promise "legal battle" for justice.
Demonstration in favour of Christian detainees on hunger strike
Various human and minority rights groups demonstrate in solidarity with Christian inmates in Adiala prison. Prisoners have gone on hunger strike almost a week ago to protest prison administration’s decision to deny them the right to conduct religious functions.
Pakistani Christians: day of fasting and prayer for the release of Asia Bibi
Sponsored by the Bishop of Islamabad, the event is scheduled for January 30. The same day, Islamic fundamentalists have launched a "national protest" against changes to the blasphemy law. Bishop Anthony: We want to promote "peace and harmony" and the release of the Christian woman.
Faisalabad, Christians and Muslims investigating case of young man charged with blasphemy
An inter-religious committee will examine the case of Imran Masih, arrested and tortured for having burned pages of the Koran and beaten by police. A Catholic priest points out that is a "positive step" to dissolve the tension. Involving Muslim leaders to dismantle the charges against the young man.
Paul Bhatti: " joy and satisfaction” for Rimsha Masih’s release (on bail)
The Catholic Pakistani politician praises work of police and government, which led to the release of the mentally disabled child arrested for blasphemy. He thanks APMA lawyers, the ulema and investigators because they have helped to maintain the peace and justice. She will be ruinited soon with her family.
Pakistani Muslims: Disabled 11 yr-old Christian should be punished
Muslim leader: no one can desecrate the Koran. And the faithful in the mosque call for the application of the "black law". Appeal of Bishop of Islamabad for unity among Christians "around the child." APMA lawyer speaks of "delicate matter" but is optimistic to have "good news soon." Families forced to flee denounce their abandonment by government.
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