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  • Sainthood Calls for Pakistani Martyr Who Prevented a Major Terrorist Attack ‎

    03/16/2016 12:35:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 14/03/2016
    A young Pakistani man killed while preventing a suicide bomber from entering a crowded church should be considered for canonization, according to Catholics marking the anniversary of a deadly terrorist attack carried out in Lahore on March 15 last year. Volunteer security guard Akash Bashir, 20, stopped the suicide bomber from entering St. John's Catholic Church and tackled him while being aware he wore a bomb vest. The attacker from a Taliban splinter group detonated the bomb, killing himself and Bashir outside the church. Father Francis Gulzar, the parish priest, said the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on two...
  • 300 Armed Muslims Attack Christian Boys' School in Pakistan in Retaliation to Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 7:14:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Close to 300 Muslim students armed with iron bars and sticks attacked a Christian boys' school in northern Pakistan, reportedly in retaliation to French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's controversial drawings of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The attack left four Christians injured. "It is very sad that Islamic radicals attack Pakistani Christians because of Charlie Hebdo. Christians condemn the blasphemous cartoons. It is a shame that even after 67 years since the birth of Pakistan, Christians have not yet been considered Pakistani citizens, but are seen as 'Western allies,'" Nasir Saeed, director of the NGO Center for Legal Aid Assistance &...
  • Group Frees Pakistan Christian Slaves From Brick Kiln

    05/25/2014 11:30:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Bos News Life ^ | May 24, 2014 | Stefan J. Bos
    ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN -- Five Christian families have been freed after being held for more than two decades as slaves in a Muslim-run brick kiln in eastern Pakistan, Christian officials involved in the rescue operation told BosNewsLife. The Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), a major advocacy and aid group, said it provided two vehicles for the May 6 raids at the brick kiln in the industrial city Wazirabad in Punjab province. Nasir Saeed, a CLAAS director, told BosNewsLife that "a total of eight" Christians were found working as slaves in the area, representing five families.
  • Pakistan's Christians fear for their lives

    09/27/2013 2:24:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 27, 2013 | Dean Nelson
    It was at 11.44am that time stood still at All Saints' Church. The clock on the wall is frozen at the very minute seven-year-old Shyam Emmanuel lost his parents. In that same moment, seven children were sent to their deaths along with 78 adults who had congregated outside the gleaming white walls of Peshawar's main Christian place of worship.
  • Dozens killed as suicide bombers attack Christian worshipers in Pakistan

    09/22/2013 8:03:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    WaPo ^ | Sunday, September 22, 6:52 AM | Tim Craig and Haq Nawaz Khan
    Two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a Christian church in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 72 people and wounding scores of others as they left services. The blast took place outside All Saints Church, which dates to the mid-1800s and is the oldest Christian church in Peshawar. Sunday’s attack occurred around 11 a.m., as more than 600 worshippers were leaving church grounds. According to security officials, the twin bombers detonated near the gate of the church, sending body parts and debris through the air. Sunday’s bombing may be the worst attack against Christians worshippers in Pakistan since...
  • Blast at Pakistan Church Kills More Than 70

    09/22/2013 6:13:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/22/13 | Saima Mohsin
    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A blast at a Protestant church in northwest Pakistan killed at least 72 people and wounded more than 120, a local hospital said Sunday. The attack took place at the All Saints Church of Pakistan, in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the country's capital, Islamabad. Witnesses told CNN affiliate Geo News that at least one suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bazaar near the church entrance as crowds of worshipers were leaving a Sunday morning service. Some of the victims were children, the witnesses said. The outside of...
  • Suicide bomb attack kills 52 at Pakistan (Christian) church

    09/22/2013 3:43:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 22, 2013
    A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 52 people and wounded over 100 Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country's Christian minority in years. The bombing underlines the threat posed by Islamic extremists as the government seeks a peace deal with domestic Taliban militants. It occurred as worshipers were coming out of the church in Peshawar city after services ...
  • Calls for Attacks on Christians Emanate From Mosque Loudspeakers in Pakistan Villages

    05/22/2013 9:47:54 AM PDT · by TXZionista · 4 replies
    LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Muslim political candidate suspected of murdering a Christian has instigated calls from mosque loudspeakers for attacks on Christians, whom he blames for his May 11 election loss. Tensions were high in Punjab Province’s Okara district after provincial assembly seat candidate Mehr Abdul Sattar, sought by police in connection with a 2008 murder, on May 13 arranged for mosque calls for violence against Christian villages.
  • Christian Girl Raped, Tortured for 10 days 'Converted' to Islam

    12/06/2012 5:48:01 AM PST · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 05, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    The end justifies the means under Islam, eh? Pakistani Christian Girl Raped and Tortured for Eleven Days ICC (thanks to The Religion of Peace.com) A Pakistani Christian girl forced to convert to Islam and raped ICC Note: A fourteen year old Christian Pakistani girl was kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, raped and tortured. When her father reported her missing, the police wouldn't help him. Finally, he recovered her himself, but not before the local mosque announced that she was now a Muslim and could not live as a Christian without facing dire consequences. The eight Christian families in the...
  • Pakistani Church Burned By Islamic extremists

    09/23/2012 12:41:32 PM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    Continental News ^ | Sep 23, 2012
    Islamic extremists have attacked an Anglican Church in Mardan Pakistan and an adjoining school. Some believe the stimulus was the government announced day of protest against an anti-Islam film. The attack occurred on Sept. 21. According to a news release from the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), protesters set the church and school on fire and looted the premises, taking everything from computers to chairs and whatever else seemed valuable from the school. The BPCA said that Muslims desecrated Bibles and religious artefacts, especially many of which were used in ceremonies within the Anglican church. Many were brought out into...
  • 50 NGOs urge Pakistan to free Christian mother from execution on charge of Blasphemy

    03/15/2012 5:41:49 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 4 replies
    UN Watch ^ | March 13, 2012
    Since June 2009, Pakistani citizen Asia Bibi, mother of five little children, has been imprisoned in appalling and intolerable conditions in Sheikhupura prison in Punjab province. Her crime: being a Christian who drank a glass of water from a well belonging to her Muslim friends. Sentenced to death for blasphemy, Asia Bibi continues to proclaim her innocence from the bottom of her windowless cell, where she can touch both walls by stretching out her two arms. Asia Bibi has appealed her death sentence, but her trial will not take place for another two years. We refuse to accept that this...
  • Pakistan's only Christian minister assassinated over blasphemy row

    03/02/2011 5:24:33 AM PST · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 2, 2011 | Telegraph UK
    Pakistan's only Christian minister Shahbaz Bhatti was shot dead today after pushing for the reform of harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam.The assassination comes just a fortnight after Mr Bhatti, Minister for Minorities, said he was prepared to die for his beliefs following a series of death threats. ...Earlier this year, Punjab province Gov. Salman Taseer was killed by a bodyguard who said he was angry that the politician opposed the blasphemy laws.
  • Pakistani Muslims Beat and Severely Burn Christian for Evangelising- to Christia

    12/14/2010 9:36:05 AM PST · by truthandlife · 27 replies
    CDN ^ | 12/14/10
    An evangelist is still recovering from burns after six young Muslim men beat him with clubs and belts and set him on fire last month in a village near this Punjab Province city, the Christian told Compass. Area Christians said they found the Rev. Wilson Augustine, 26, of Village No. 44-SB, unconscious with burns on his head, hand and arm on Nov. 22 near the bus stop of Village No. 101-NB on the outskirts of Sargodha. Christian elders Austin Masih and Nadeem Samuel of nearby villages said that Augustine, who was ordained in a small Presbyterian church in Village No....
  • CHRISTIAN WOMAN KIDNAPPED IN PAKISTAN ESCAPES

    06/01/2010 2:41:31 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 818+ views
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | May 31, 2010 | by Dan Wooding
    Note: Photo included. NOTE The following text is a quote: Monday, May 31, 2010 Christian Woman Kidnapped in Pakistan Escapes Impoverished father had received ultimatum from employer who loaned him money By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- Compass Direct News (CDN) is reporting that a Christian woman who was kidnapped, forced to marry a Muslim farmer and told to convert to Islam amid a dispute over a loan said today (Monday, May 31, 2010) she has returned home after weeks of “captivity and torture.” Sania James (Photo: Compass) Sania James, 33, was kidnapped April 5...
  • Punjab: Christian couple touches Qur‘an with dirty hands, gets 25 years in prison

    04/25/2010 8:28:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 1,049+ views
    Asia News ^ | 04/24/2010 | Fareed Khan
    Islamabad (AsiaNews) – A court in Kasur district, Punjab, convicted a Christian couple, Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi, to 25 years in prison. According to the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), judge Ajmal Hussein convicted the couple for touching the Qur‘an without washing their hands. Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi were released on bail last January, but were re-arrested after the judge ruled against them. The husband was locked up in Kasur’s district prison; the wife was sent to the women’s prison in Multan. Both have started serving 25 years behind bars. CLAAS, an association that fights...
  • Pakistani Christian woman sent to jail with young son for committing 'blasphemy'

    04/05/2010 7:16:45 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 612+ views
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | April 2, 2010 | Dan Wooding
    Note: The following text is a quote: Friday, April 2, 2010 Pakistani Christian woman sent to jail with young son for committing ‘blasphemy’ By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries GUJRANWALA, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- In what many Pakistan Christians sees as yet another abuse of the country's controversial blasphemy laws, Rubina Amjad, a Pakistan Christian mother of three has been charged under Pakistan’s disputed blasphemy laws and sent to jail with her young son, ANS has learned. Mr. Nasir Saeed, Director of Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), UK told our ANS correspondent that Rubina, a resident of...
  • Pakistani Christian dies after being burned alive (Religion of Peace Alert!)

    03/26/2010 8:24:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 591+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | March 23, 2010
    The silence from Pakistani authorities is deafening. An update on this story. "Punjab: Christian burned alive dies, Christian community calls for justice," by Fareed Khan for Asia News, March 23: Islamabad (AsiaNews) - Arshed Masih died last night in hospital from the serious injuries - burns covering 80% of his body - which the 38 year old Pakistani Christian suffered when he was set on fire because he refused to convert to Islam. The funeral of man, who died after three days of agony, should take place in the late afternoon, but the family has asked that "before an autopsy...
  • Pakistani Christian burned alive dies, Christian community calls for justice

    03/24/2010 12:14:24 PM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 426+ views
    Spero News ^ | Wednesday, March 24, 2010
    Pakistani Christian burned alive dies, Christian community calls for justice Arshed Masih, a 38 year-old Pakistani Christian, died yesterday evening at 7.45 from his very serious injuries. The family requests that an autopsy is performed before the funeral. Christian associations and human rights activists demonstrate outside the hospital. Catholic leaders: the federal and provincial government do not punish the guilty. Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Arshed Masih died last night in hospital from the serious injuries - burns covering 80% of his body – which the 38 year old Pakistani Christian suffered when he was set on fire because he refused...
  • News Alert: Pakistan Christian "Burned", Wife "Raped", For Refusing Islam

    03/22/2010 1:25:27 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 768+ views
    BOSNEWSLIFE.com ^ | Saturday, March 20, 2010 (12:06 pm) | By BosNewsLife Asia Service reporting from Pakistan
    Note: Photo of burn victim in his current condition included. RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- SNIPPET: "Their three children -- ranging in age from 7 to 12-- were reportedly forced to witness the attacks against their parents. "Both [Masih] and wife were rushed to the Holy Family Hospital and are under treatment," the hospital said." SNIPPET: "Local police officials said they were "aware" of the attacks carried out by Muslim leaders and apparently at least some officers and added that an investigation was underway. No arrests were reported yet late Saturday, March 19."
  • After surviving attack, Pakistani Christian fears his family wants to kill him

    02/27/2010 5:48:00 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies · 437+ views
    MNN ^ | 2/26/2010
    After refusing bribes to convert to Islam, Pakistani Christian Riaz Masih, 26, sustained a beating from his four older brothers earlier this month. Masih's parents, who were Christians, died when he was a boy. After their deaths, a Muslim cleric, Moulvi Peer Akram-Ullah, raised him and his siblings. One by one, the cleric bribed the children to convert to Islam and recant their Christian faith. Since then, Akram-Ullah continued to coerce Masih. Akram-Ullah and Masih's brothers offered him "1 million rupees (US$11,790), a spacious residence, and a woman of his choice to marry," He declined, however, and his brothers proceeded...