Pakistan court convicts 31 over campus lynching of student accused of blasphemy

By Jibran Ahmed PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 7 : A Pakistani court on Wednesday convicted 31 people over the campus lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy, and sentenced one of them to death, a defence lawyer said. The killing of student Mashal Khan, 23, last year sparked an outcry and raised […]

Pakistani principal shot dead by student over blasphemy dispute

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, Jan 22 : A Pakistani student shot and killed his school principal on Monday, in a dispute over the student skipping classes to attend rallies supporting the country’s strict blasphemy laws, a police official said. Sareer Ahmed, principal of the private Islamia College in the northern town of Charsadda, had an […]

Pakistan blocks off roads into capital as blasphemy law supporters stage sit-in

By Saad Sayeed RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Nov 10 : Pakistan on Friday blocked off roads into Islamabad, the capital, as an Islamist party that backs strict blasphemy laws staged a sit-in on a key highway, demanding the resignation of a minister it blames for changes to an electoral oath. Dozens of Pakistanis are on death row, […]

“Death to blasphemers” increasing as political rallying cry in Pakistan

By Asif Shahzad SWABI, Pakistan, Oct 27 : Three police officers stand daily guard at the tomb of Pakistani student Mashal Khan to prevent religious hardliners from fulfilling threats to blow up the grave of the 23-year-old beaten to death over rumours he blasphemed against Islam. His grieving family, now also under police protection, say […]

Pakistani court sentences Christian man to death for blasphemy

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept 15 : A Christian man has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges by a court in eastern Pakistan after a close friend accused him of sharing anti-Islamic material, the defendant’s lawyer said on Friday. Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Pakistan, and insults against the Prophet Mohammad […]