Blasphemy

  • Temples, gurdwaras targeted in Pakistan over alleged blasphemy 17-03-2014 05:07 PM

    Karachi: Angry mob attempted to set ablaze Hindu temples and Sikh gurdwaras in a southwestern Pakistan province over alleged desecration of a holy book in Sindh, local media reported on Sunday. Security personnel in the restive Balochistan province ensured that no damage was done to religious places belonging to the...
  • Pak clerics against death to false accuser under blasphemy law 20-09-2013 01:18 PM

    Pakistan's top clerics have struck down a proposal for awarding death sentence to people making false accusations under the controversial blasphemy law. A meeting of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) witnessed serious ideological differences between the hardliners and the moderates over the proposal to award the same punishment to...
  • Pakistani Sikhs demand action on desecration of Guru Granth Sahib 27-08-2013 10:34 PM

    Karachi: Pakistan's minority Sikh community on Tuesday asked the government and the Supreme Court to take action on incidents of their holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, being desecrated in different parts of Sindh province. The Pakistan Sikh Council raised the issue at a news conference at Karachi Press Club. Sardar...
  • Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy has fled to Canada: BBC 30-06-2013 03:27 AM

    London: A teenaged Pakistani Christian girl, who was "falsely accused" of blasphemy has fled to Canada with her family, BBC reported. Rimsha Masih, 14, was detained in a maximum security prison for several weeks in August 2012, after being accused of burning pages from the Quran. Although charges against the...
  • At least 20 dead in Islamist protests in Bangladesh 07-05-2013 06:53 AM

    Dhaka: At least 20 Bangladeshis were killed on Monday in clashes between police and hardline Islamists demanding religious reforms, as violence spread beyond the capital Dhaka to other parts of the country. The clashes began on Sunday after 200,000 Islamist supporters marched in Dhaka to press demands critics said would...
  • Bangladesh: Protesters clash with police over blasphemy law 06-05-2013 09:24 AM

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's police and paramilitary troops on Sunday night dispersed a huge demonstration by thousands of Islamist protesters after violent clashes in Dhaka left seven people dead and scores injured. "The Motijheel is now under our control...Hefazat-e-Islami has quit the area," a police spokesman told newsmen after a combined force...
  • Bangladeshi Islamists rally against 'atheist' bloggers 07-04-2013 05:17 PM

    Dhaka: Members of a hardline Muslim group in Bangladesh on Saturday held rally across Dhaka demanding enactment of anti-blasphemy laws to punish people who insult Islam. The massive rally in Dhaka took place amid heightened security. The protestors targeted bloggers who have held street protests demanding execution for convicted war...
  • Pak dismisses blasphemy case against Christian girl 20-11-2012 01:29 PM

    Islamabad: A Pakistani court dismissed on Tuesday a blasphemy case against a Christian girl which had drawn international condemnation and concern about the rights of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country. Rimsha Masih, believed to be no older than 14, was charged with burning pages of the Quran in...
  • Angry protesters set girls' school on fire in Lahore 01-11-2012 12:38 PM

    Lahore: A large number of people, including activists of religious parties, ransacked and set on fire a girls' school in Lahore and clashed with police following reports that a question paper for a test had contained blasphemous references to the Prophet, police said on Thursday. Activists of groups like the...
  • Pakistan: Taseer's assassin gets death sentence 01-10-2011 11:32 AM

    Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday handed down death sentence to the police guard who assassinated Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer for calling for changes in the country's controversial blasphemy law. Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the policeman who gunned down Taseer outside a restaurant in the heart of Islamabad on...
  • Pak Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti killed 02-03-2011 08:31 PM

    Islamabad: In another setback for the liberals in Pakistan, the country's only Christian Cabinet minister Shahbaz Bhatti was gunned down on Wednesday. Bhatti, the Minister for Minorities, was killed outside his parents' home in Islamabad, allegedly by the Taliban. Like Salman Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti had also campaigned for the reform...
  • Christians press for release of Asia Bibi 26-12-2010 04:05 PM

    Lahore: Amidst pressure from Pakistan's religious hardliners not to amend a blasphemy law, Christian groups have pledged to take all possible steps for the release of a mother of five who has been sentenced to death for insulting Prophet Mohammed. The death sentence given to Asia Bibi, a 45-year-old Christian...