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Salem-News.com (Apr-02-2014 11:10)

Pakistani Lawyer Threatened Over Christian Human Rights Advocacy

Life and career of advocate for Pakistani Christians, Sadr Mushtaq Gill, in danger.

(LAHORE) - Sadr Mushtaq Gill After making a pledge to do all he can to help free Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a Christian Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD was threatened to be pursued in Punjab Bar for the cancellation of his bar license.

On 26 March, 2014, there was a court hearing for Asia Bibi's appeal on her blasphemy conviction in the Division Bench Lahore High Court, Lahore.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-28-2014 10:11)

A Christian Sentenced to Death

A Session court in Lahore sentenced Sawan Masih to death.

(LAHORE, Pakistan) - Sawan Masih, a Pakistani Christian Sawan Masih a Christian resident of Joseph Colony Lahore, who was accused of blasphemy in March 2013, as a reaction over 150 houses were burnt by the Muslims.

Additional Session Judge Chaudhry Ghulam Murtaza sentenced Sawan to death and a fine of 200,000 Rupees under section 295 C.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-27-2014 13:45)

Blasphemy Suspect Acquitted, Gunned Down in Jehlum

We appeal to our brothers and sisters to pray for Younis Masih 's safety, Asia's acquittal and their safe relocation. We further appeal to pray for all who are suffering in different Pakistani jails under allegation of blasphemy law.

(PUNJAB, Pakistan) - Ashraf Gola, a former chairman of a district council - was travelling along with a friend when killed by gunfire. News agencies are carrying the shocking news about how a person acquitted on a Blasphemy charge, Ashraf Gola, was gunned down near Pind Dadan Khan, some 250 kilometres from Lahore by an unidentified men. Ashraf Gola died, along with a friend, Iftikhar Ahmed in a car while they were travelling.

Sharafat Gola told police that his brother, Ashraf Gola, received threats of dire consequences after acquittal from blasphemy.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-22-2014 17:34)

Attacks on Christians in Pakistan Worsening

Christians in Pakistan live in fear retaliatory attacks from the Muslim extremists enraged by the blasphemy accusations.

(ISLAMABAD) - Map of Pakistan with Kasur Asia Bibi was due to appear in Lahore High Court - LHC on March 17, 2014, and went to Lahore for the case hearing. LHC deferred her case again, but there I came to know that farm laborers were attacked in District Kasur near Lahore.

Sadiq Masih (the father) was brutally injured, while his wife (Parveen Bibi) and his son Zulifqar both died on the spot.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-21-2014 18:33)

The Other Side of Grief: Asia Bibi`s Appeal Deferred Again

It is very obvious that judges are under pressure. Governor Salaman Taseer and Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti were assassinated, there is no other reason to it.

(ISLAMABAD) - Asia Bibi After three years, Asia Bibi’s children would be hoping to see their mother at home as her case was fixed for hearing before a division bench. Asia Bibi’s appeal was taken up at the Lahore High Court - LHC, her supporters praying that the conviction for blasphemy was inconsistent with the evidence.

The court may reduce her sentence, if do not grant acquittal altogether.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-16-2014 11:09)

Be Blessed, CLAAS Pleads for Asia`s Justice

Hitting a sensitive nerve, one particular case has shed light on how the Pakistani government has been taken hostage by militant extremists.

(ISLAMABAD) - Asia Bibi The Supreme Court of Pakistan endorsed the Islamabad High Court's decision setting free the juvenile girl Rimsha, who was accused of blasphemy in the capital.

This case made history in blasphemy cases in Pakistan and the decision was appreciated nationally and on international grounds.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-16-2014 01:14)

Torture and Death Threats Against School Principal and Two Women Rights Defenders in Pakistan

"We condemn this attack and the threats made against staff members of LEAD which are directly related to the organisation’s work in the defence of human rights, particularly Christian and women's rights." - LEAD

(PUNJAB) - School children in Pakistan A local Muslim cleric began campaigning last week against the Christian 'Saint Paul High School', which has been serving both Christian and Muslim children for the last 20 years.

LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development) has taken the Catholic School on rental contract from the Catholic Board of Education. Mr. Zulifqar Masih, a Human Rights Defender and Field Coordinator Of LEAD, is serving as the Principal of this school.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-11-2014 01:49)

Pakistan: Christian Inmate Being Treated After Brutal Beating

Last week of February, Peter John, inmate in Central Jail Adyala, Rawalpindi was beaten up brutally by the prison staff due to Christian faith.

(ISLAMABAD) - Peter John, inmate in Central Jail Adyala A Christian persecution has no limit, but Christian persecution news coverage is pitiable in Pakistan. Clearly, in today’s deeply connected Christian world, truthful unbiased and unfiltered news about realities of persecution is a basic need to address.

I do write on it but don’t have any regular platform to publish this news. Some online papers do it but don’t pay even a single penny.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-09-2014 20:52)

Pakistani Taliban Kills Christian Girl

The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’ government is looking for a "negotiated solution" after years of conflict...

(ISLAMABAD) - Pakistan Taliban A young Christian girl was killed by the Pakistani Taliban in the northern region of Pakistan. The girl had spent a few months on the run and in hiding with her cousin, a Muslim who converted to Christianity a few years ago.

Since the conversion, the man is considered an "apostate" and since then he has been the target of the Taliban. In past days, some militants discovered where the two were hiding: the girl in the escape was reached by a bullet and was killed, while the man managed to escape.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-09-2014 16:44)

High-Handed Leadership

The Islamists are prevailing in the battle of ideas. Secular voices have been either physically eliminated or removed from the mainstream by judicial means.

(ISLAMABAD) - Z. A. Bhutto Religious minorities are widely viewed as beleaguered or under attack since Z. A. Bhutto’s regime. Even then, Pakistani Christians followed his ideology.

At the time of partition in 1947, around 23 percent of the population was comprised of non-Muslims citizens. Today, the proportion of non-Muslims has declined to approximately 3-4 percent. Religious minorities such as Christians, Hindus, and Ahmadis, have been the targets of suicide bomb attacks; several incidents of violence and intimidation were reported including abduction and subsequent forced conversion of girls.

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