Blasphemy

  • Pakistan mob kills woman, girls, over 'blasphemous' Facebook post July 28, 2014

    Islamabad: A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said on Monday, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities. The dead, including a seven-year-old girl and her baby...
  • Twitter blocks 'blasphemous' tweets, accounts in Pakistan May 23, 2014

    Islamabad: Twitter has blocked dozens of tweets and accounts in Pakistan after officials asked for access to "blasphemous" and "unethical" content to be stopped. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least five requests from May 5 to 14 asking Twitter to block access to specific tweets and accounts for users...
  • Temples, gurdwaras targeted in Pakistan over alleged blasphemy March 17, 2014

    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 two...
  • Pak clerics against death to false accuser under blasphemy law September 20, 2013

    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 a...
  • Pakistani Sikhs demand action on desecration of Guru Granth Sahib August 27, 2013

    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 Ramesh...
  • Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy has fled to Canada: BBC June 30, 2013

    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 girl...
  • At least 20 dead in Islamist protests in Bangladesh May 7, 2013

    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 amount...
  • Bangladesh: Protesters clash with police over blasphemy law May 6, 2013

    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 of...
  • Bangladeshi Islamists rally against 'atheist' bloggers April 7, 2013

    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...
  • Pakistan: 150 arrested after attacks on Christian families March 11, 2013

    Lahore: 150 people have been arrested in Lahore after a mob of nearly 2000 people attacked Christian families. The mob had torched over 150 homes of the minority Christian community in search of a man who had allegedly committed blasphemy. Christians in Pakistan closed missionary schools on Monday to protest against...
  • Pakistan: Christian protesters, police clash across country March 11, 2013

    LAHORE: Hundreds of Christians clashed with police across Pakistan on Sunday, a day after a Muslim mob burned dozens of homes owned by members of the minority religious group in retaliation for alleged insults against Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Christians are often the target of Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, which rights activists...
  • Pakistan president seeks report of attacks on Christians March 10, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has taken a serious note of attacks on the houses of Christians in Lahore and sought a report from the authorities over the incident, Xinhua reported. Angry mob torched over 100 houses and shops of minority Christians in the city's Badami Bagh area after a...
  • Pak: Mob raids Christian colony in search of blasphemer March 9, 2013

    Lahore: A mob went on the rampage in a Christian-dominated neighbourhood in this eastern Pakistani city on Saturday following reports that a Christian man had committed blasphemy, burning scores of houses and driving out about 150 families. The trouble began, when over 2,000 enraged Muslims gathered around Joseph Colony at...
  • Bangladesh: 4 killed in clashes over 'atheist bloggers' February 22, 2013

    Dhaka: At least four people were killed and over 200 injured in Bangladesh on Friday as hundreds of Islamists clashed with police in Dhaka and other major cities demanding execution of "atheist bloggers" they accused of blasphemy. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse Islamists backed by...
  • Pakistan ambassador to US faces blasphemy charge February 22, 2013

    Lahore: A case of blasphemy has been registered against Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman over her remarks on a TV show, a charge that carries the death penalty. Police in Multan city of Punjab province registered the case over remarks purportedly made by Sherry on a TV talk show...
  • Pak SC admits petition against Sherry Rehman on blasphemy January 18, 2013

    Islamabad: The Supreme Court on Thursday admitted a businessman's petition seeking action against Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, for allegedly committing blasphemy over two years ago. The petition filed by Fahim Akhtar Gill, a trader from Multan in Punjab province, was heard by a two-judge bench. The judges directed...
  • Pakistan: Mob burns man accused of desecrating Quran December 22, 2012

    Hyderabad, Pakistan: A mob broke into a Pakistani police station and burnt a man accused of desecrating the Quran alive, police said Saturday, in the latest violence focusing attention on the country's blasphemy laws. The man was a traveller and had spent Thursday night at the mosque, said Maulvi Memon,...
  • Pakistan: Blasphemy accused dies in police custody December 3, 2012

    Lahore: A Pakistani man, arrested on charges of blasphemy, has died in police custody with his relatives alleging that he was "tortured to death". Police denied the allegations of torture and said Nadeem Yousuf, the deceased, was a drug addict and might have died due to his dependence on narcotics. Yousuf,...
  • Pak dismisses blasphemy case against Christian girl November 20, 2012

    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 November 1, 2012

    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...
  • Pak releases cleric in Christian girl blasphemy case October 13, 2012

    Islamabad: A Pakistani cleric who falsely accused a minor Christian girl of blasphemy by framing evidence against her was freed from jail today after he was granted bail by a court in the federal capital. Khalid Chishti was detained on September 1 on a charge of blasphemy for desecrating the...
  • Witnesses in Pakistan blasphemy case turn hostile October 1, 2012

    Islamabad: The three men who had accused a cleric of tampering evidence to implicate young Christian girl Rimsha Masih in a blasphemy case on Monday withdrew their statement, claiming they were tortured by police to testify against the imam. The three witnesses, who had earlier recorded statements against cleric Khalid...
  • Pak blasphemy case: Court to clear charges against girl October 1, 2012

    A 14-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan who was charged with blasphemy is expected to be declared innocent by a juvenile court on Monday. Police say that Rimsha Masih was not only innocent but that she was framed by a Muslim cleric in her home town. Masih reportedly suffers from Down Syndrome. The...
  • Pak: Men charged with blasphemy for damaging temple September 30, 2012

    Islamabad: A group of Muslim men who damaged a temple and attacked homes of Hindus during a recent protest in Karachi against an anti-Islam film have been charged under Pakistan's harsh blasphemy law, a media report said on Sunday. Nine men, including Maulvi Habibur Rehman and his accomplices, have been...
  • Pak Christian girl to be transfered to juvenile court September 25, 2012

    Islamabad: A Pakistani court on Monday ordered the police to transfer the case of young Christian girl Rimsha Masih, accused of blasphemy, to a juvenile court as an official medical board had concluded that her age is 14 years. District and Sessions Judge Jawad Abbas Hassan directed police to...
  • Blasphemy case probe finds Pakistani cleric guilty September 24, 2012

    Islamabad: Investigations into the blasphemy case involving a minor Christian girl in Pakistan have found cleric Khalid Jadoon guilty while exonerating the teenaged girl, Dawn newspaper reported. Rimsah Masih, the minor Christian girl, faced a life sentence for allegedly burning the Holy Quran's pages. But she was later released on bail. Jadoon...
  • Pakistan: Blasphemy accused fears for life September 12, 2012

    Islamabad: The teenage girl accused of burning pages of the Quran has been released on bail and is now back with her family. But she still fears for her life. 14-year-old Rimsha Mahsee said, "Yes, I'm scared. I'm scared scared that someone might kill me. I'm scared of anyone who...
  • Pakistan frees Christian girl accused of blasphemy September 8, 2012

    Rawalpindi: A young Christian girl accused of burning pages of Islam's holy book was freed on Saturday from a jail near the capital where she had been held for three weeks, a Pakistani jail official said. The release a day after a judge granted her bail is another step closer to...
  • Pakistan blasphemy case: who's Rimsha Masih? September 7, 2012

    Rimsha Masih is a minor Christian girl from a poor Islamabad suburb who was accused more than two weeks back by her neighbour and a local cleric of blasphemy. The cleric, Khalid Jadoon, accused the illiterate girl of carrying a bag of garbage which allegedly also contained some torn and...
  • Pak blasphemy row: Bail for Christian girl September 7, 2012

    New Delhi: The Pakistani Christian girl, who was arrested on charges of blasphemy, was on Friday released against a bond of Rs 5 lakh. Rimsha Masih, a patient of Down's Syndrome, was accused by the cleric of a mosque in Islamabad of tearing the pages of the Quran. The court of...