Pakistani court rejects Christian father’s petition seeking recovery of his daughter forcibly converted, and married to her abductor

On 24th September, the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected a petition filed by a Christian man, Gulzar Masih, for the recovery of his underage daughter Chashman Kanwal who was allegedly forcibly converted to Islam and married to a Muslim man, Muhammad Usman. Masih, a rickshaw driver from Samanabad, Faisalabad, stated in court that his daughter…

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Anti-forced conversion bill draws concern from clerics

Clerics and religious scholars have expressed serious reservations over the draft of the anti-forced conversion bill. At a meeting called by the Ministry of Religious Affairs they warned the ministry it cannot be implemented as it stands. Only Muslim stakeholders were invited to the meeting held in camera. Members of the National Commission for Minorities…

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Two Christian girls kidnapped at gunpoint outside their house

On 16th August 2021 two teenage Christian cousins from Warburton, District Nankana Sahib were kidnapped at gunpoint outside their house by local Muslim men. According to Mumtaz Bibi, the mother of Simran and aunt of Sheeza, on 11 August she went to attend the funeral of one of their relatives in Faisalabad with another family…

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Another Christian girl kidnapped and converted to Islam

Another Christian girl has been kidnapped and converted to Islam in Pakistan. Chashman Kanwal, 14, was kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to a Muslim man Muhammad Usman. According to Chashman’s father, Gulzar Inayat Masih, on July 27 he dropped his daughter at Government Secondary High School Samanabad, Faisalabad on his rickshaw. But until…

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Quran is now compulsory subject in Punjab schools and colleges

The government of Punjab has made learning the Quran compulsory for the students in schools and colleges. A notification was issued which stated that students of up to class 5 would get Naazrah Quran education, while the remaining pupils will be taught Quran with translation. The circular from the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB)…

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EU calls on Pakistan to intervene in release of blasphemy accused

Members of the European Parliament have written to the EU’s ambassador of Pakistan calling for his help to release Shahzad Masih. The MEPs called for Masih’s immediate release and compensation on account of undue harassment and detention. They wrote to Zaheer Aslam Janjus seeking intervention the blasphemy case. The letter was endorsed by Jan Figel,…

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