Pakistan: How the Blasphemy Law Really Works

by Mohshin Habib April 15, 2014 at 3:30 am http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4257/pakistan-blasphemy-law Sawan Masih has been sentenced to death, but what about those found guilty of inciting and committing violence and arson? It [is] a travesty of justice that more than 3,000 people who burned the Christian neighbourhood in Lahore were free, while one man who was […]

Read full story

A date has been set for the next court hearing of Aasia Bibi.

Aasia will appear before the Honourable Mr. Justice Sardar Tariq Massod and Mr. Justice Abdula Sami Khan on April 14 for final arguments. Given the recent decisions made against people charged under the blasphemy law, it is not looking likely that the judgment against Aasia will be favourable. On April 4, a Pakistani Christian couple, […]

Read full story

PAKISTANI COUPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH IN PAKISTAN

A Pakistani Christian couple have been sentenced to death for blasphemy after allegedly sending text messages insulting Islam. Shafaqat Emmanuel, a crippled 38-year-old man, and his wife Shagufta Kausar, 42, were found guilty of sending a text message insulting the Prophet Muhammed to the imam of their local mosque. They were sentenced to death on […]

Read full story

Sawan Masih’s Appeal submitted to Lahore High Court

On April 1 Sawan Masih launched an appeal against the death sentence he was given under Pakistan’s blasphemy law on March 27. Sawan was sentenced by additional district and sessions judge Lahore Chaudhry Ghulam Mustafa for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a conversation with a Muslim friend in Lahore’s Joseph Colony last March. Days […]

Read full story

Christian man sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan

On March 27, 2014 Additional session judge Chaudhry Ghulam Murtaza sentenced Savan Masih to death after finding him guilty of blasphemy, and also ordered him to pay a fine of 200,000 Pakistani rupees. This is the punishment for someone found guilty of committing blasphemy against the prophet. CLAAS’s lawyers Naeem Shakir, Tahir Bashir and Nasir […]

Read full story

Justice delayed for blasphemy law victim, Aasia Bibi

At the hearing on March 26 at Lahore High Court Naeem Shakir and CLAAS’s lawyers, S K Chaudhry (who originally submitted the appeal) Tahir Bashir, and Nasir Anjum all appear before Mr. Justice Sardar Tariq Massod and  Mr. Justice Abdual Sami Khan. Despite appearing calm and determined to conduct the hearing for the blasphemy law […]

Read full story

BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan Court Hears Appeal Christian Woman Against Death Sentence

Monday, March 24, 2014 (10:28 am) By BosNewsLife Asia Service with additional reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos Asia Bibi’s case to be heard Wednesday, March 26, Catholic sources say. ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– A Pakistani court will hear the appeal of a Christian woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam after the […]

Read full story

Pakistan: Acquitted of blasphemy, gunned down anyway

If someone is accused of blasphemy in Pakistan, all too often he or she is brutalized or killed before any trial is held. Or even if acquitted, as in this case, the accused person is targeted by a Muslim mob that enforces the Sharia death penalty for blasphemy by a vigilante action. This is a […]

Read full story

Briton appeals against blasphemy death sentence

ISLAMABAD: Lawyers for an elderly Briton sentenced to death for blasphemy filed an appeal on Friday, saying the court had failed to consider “overwhelming” evidence of his mental illness. Mohammad Asghar, a British-Pakistani with dual nationality, was sentenced by a court in Rawalpindi last week for writing letters claiming to be a prophet of Islam. […]

Read full story

Rimsha’s petition: IHC extends restraining order

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday extended the restraining order against the trial of Rimsha Masih, a minor Christian girl who had been accused of committing blasphemy, until Nov 14, DawnNews reported. The IHC extended the stay during the hearing of a petition filed by the accused girl for quashing the FIR registered […]

Read full story
Blasphemy laws in pakistan