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…

READ MORE

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…

READ MORE

Pakistan stays on America’s religious watch list

The United States has retained Pakistan on a list of countries that tolerate religious discrimination. The determination made by the US State Department on Dec 18, includes Myanmar, China, Erit¬r¬¬ea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkm¬enistan. They have all been re-designated as “Countries of Particular Concern (CPC)”. The State Department makes the…

READ MORE

Blasphemy victim’s house set on fire twice

Stephen Masih’s house has been set on fire twice in the recent month. The first incident occurred on 18th October, and the second on the 22nd. Luckily nobody was at home, so everybody is safe, but household goods have turned to ashes while the building is severely damaged. Family members who were already in hiding…

READ MORE

Pakistani Christian avoids blasphemy charge

A Pakistani Christian sanitation worker was falsely accused of blasphemy. But after police intervened in the case of Amir Masih from Yousafabad, a small town near Faisalabad, the blasphemy charges against him were dropped. When collecting rubbish from local homes, Masih found a bag containing pages from the Bible and Quran. When Masih took the…

READ MORE

‘Pakistani government responsible for failures in Aasia Bibi case’

Aasia Bibi’s lawyer believes that the Pakistani government’s failures are responsible for her predicament. He said that it has failed to uphold numerous legal requirements in the case her. Saiful Malook claims that Pakistani officials been influenced by religious extremists who want Christian Bibi to be killed for her alleged crime. He told Asia News:…

READ MORE

CLAAS visits blasphemy victims Shafqat and Shagufta in Prison

On August 7, CLAAS’s team, headed by Mr. Joseph Francis, National Director, along with Emmanuel Masih, father of Shafqat, and Shafqat and Shagufta’s son visited him in district jail Faisalabad. This is a rare case where both husband and wife are charged with blasphemy and imprisoned in two different jails. Shafqat Masih is at District…

READ MORE
Call Now Button