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All articles & reviews tagged with pakistan

Review

July 2021
Reviews > Book

Free at Last

Asia Bibi will be a name familiar to many Christians who followed the news stories of this Pakistani woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy and insulting the Prophet Mohammed. This book was written with French journalist Anne-Isabelle Tollet, who took up Bibi’s cause and publicised her case worldwide. Free at Last tells…

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News

July 2021
News > International

Pakistan: Couple facing death for ‘blasphemy’ are acquitted

Lahore High Court has acquitted Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar, two Christians sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. According to International Christian Concern, the acquittals end a nearly eight-year legal struggle that saw the Christian couple jailed separately on death row. After the acquittal, the couple’s lawyer, Saif-ul-Malook, said, ‘I am…

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July 2019
News > International

Pakistan: Christian couple on death row

The lawyer who supported Asia Bibi has taken up the case of another Pakistani couple who face the death penalty for alleged ‘blasphemy’. A report from international advocacy organisation, Barnabas Fund, said Saif-ul-Mulook (pictured) is to appeal against the conviction in April 2014 of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar. The couple, who have four…

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News

June 2019
News > Persecution

Canada: Asia Bibi reunited with family

Pakistani woman Asia Bibi who was imprisoned for nine years on baseless charges of insulting the prophet Mohammed, has finally been freed to join her family in Canada. Asia Bibi had first been arrested on the false charges of blasphemy in 2009 after sharing a cup of water with Muslim farmworkers, who called her…

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March 2019
News > Persecution

Pakistan: Asia Bibi’s acquittal upheld

Asia Bibi, the Roman Catholic woman who has been on death row in Pakistan for allegedly committing blasphemy against Islam, has had her acquittal upheld. The Supreme Court of Pakistan maintained its decision to overturn her conviction and death sentence. She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad…

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January 2019
News > Ethics

Peers criticise PM over failure to grant asylum to Asia Bibi

In a letter to The Times, members of the House of Lords have strongly criticised the UK government over its handling of Asia Bibi’s plea for asylum. Asia Bibi was convicted in Pakistan of blasphemy against Islam and sentenced to death, but was recently acquitted. However, there are fears she will be killed by…

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December 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Pakistani Christian pupil expelled

A 13-year-old Pakistani Christian boy was sent out of his classroom for turning off a tap that had been left running. Fourth grader student Sharjeel was expelled from his class on 16 October 2018 because it was believed that by touching the tap he had tainted the water and therefore he should be punished.…

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