Pakistani Christian parents denied custody of their son

Pakistani Christian parents have been refused the return of their son because he converted to Islam, and therefore cannot live with them. According to reports John Masih and his wife Shamshad Bibi of Mian Channu, District Khanewal have been denied custody of their son, Arjesh, who is not allowed to meet or live with his…

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Forced conversion deemed un-Islamic by Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), after consultation with minority leaders, has said forced conversion is “un-Islamic and unconstitutional.” According to reports, the CII believes Islam does not allow forced conversions. Last July Prime Minister Imran Khan termed the practice of forced conversions as “un-Islamic” and said there was no precedent in Islamic history for…

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Blasphemy laws need reform, but not to become more stringent

The Punjab Assembly in Pakistan unanimously passed a resolution asking the government to improve existing laws, or make new ones, to sternly punish blasphemers. It also called for a central screening system, like that used in Saudi Arabia, to intercept blasphemous content on social media. The resolution said the country’s current blasphemy laws were not…

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