Tag: blasphemy law

Nigeria: Pastor’s wife killed after blasphemy accusation

Originally published in World Watch Monitor Christians in Kano, the largest city in mainly-Muslim northern Nigeria, were bracing for widespread violence following the June 2 killing of a Christian woman, but the weekend and Sunday services passed without further violence. Bridget Patience Agbahime, 74, originally from the southern state of […]

Pakistan promises no change to blasphemy laws in deal with hardline Islamists

Originally published in Christian Today Pakistan’s infamous blasphemy laws will not be changed after a deal between government and hardline Islamists on Wednesday afternoon. The settlement promised that prisoners convicted of blasphemy, which carries the death penalty in Pakistan, will be shown no leniency. The negotiation marked the end of […]

Pakistan hangs bodyguard who killed ex-governor

Originally published in Fox News Pakistan on Monday (February 29, 2016) hanged the convicted killer of a former governor, shot in 2011 by his bodyguard who accused him of blasphemy, officials said. The execution triggered protests in several cities denouncing the hanging after some religious and political leaders, as well […]

Pakistan’s Supreme Court makes landmark judgment

Originally published in World Watch Monitor In a landmark judgment on 7 October the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) upheld the death sentence of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, 30, who murdered the former Governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, a liberal Muslim, on 4 January, 2011. Qadri, one of Taseer’s official bodyguards […]

Gunmen kill Pakistan lawyer defending blasphemy case

Originally published in Reuters Gunmen posing as clients shot dead a prominent human rights lawyer defending a professor accused of blasphemy, officials said on Thursday, underscoring the danger facing those trying to put an end to religious intolerance in majority-Muslim Pakistan. Wednesday’s killing of Rashid Rehman in the southern city […]