Christian mother of five children abducted and severely abused

A Christian mother of five children, Venus Bibi, 30, of Sahoo Ki Malian (village), Sheikhupura, was recently freed from her kidnapper after a police complaint was registered against the abductor. Venus and her husband are both brick kiln workers. According to her husband, Warris Masih, on April 1, 2021 Venus Bibi went out for household…

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EU concerned over Pakistan’s rising blasphemy cases

The European Union has raised concern about Pakistan’s blasphemy laws which it says are often misused to discriminate against religious minorities. On Thursday the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on authorities to review Pakistan’s GSP (Generalised Scheme of Preferences) plus status. It also called for the country to make space for religious freedom. Pakistan’s…

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Pakistan retained as country of particular concern in USCIRF report

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has retained Pakistan as a country of particular concern (CPC) in its annual report. The report recommends that the US administration pursues the reform of Pakistan’s educational textbooks, curriculum, and teacher training materials. This is to make sure the content is inclusive of and not discriminatory…

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Pakistan: CDA demolishes church in Islamabad during Lent

On Wednesday 31 March, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) demolished Emmanuel Gospel church in Musharraf colony, sector G8/4 Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The settlement consists of about 300-400 houses and all families are Christian and poor. The Pastor in charge, Rev Naveed John George said that at about 8:45 (Pakistani time) a CDA team…

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