On November 24 Pakistan’s provincial Assembly Sindh passed a law criminalising forced conversion. The bill recommends a five year punishment for perpetrators, whereas facilitators of forceful religious conversions will be handed a three year sentence.
New Delhi: Pakistani officials have banned 11 Christian television channels, leaving the country’s 2.8 million Christians with no public media presence for the first time in nearly two decades.According to India Today, the Pakistani Media Regulatory Authority this week banned the religious stations after accusing them of being “illegal” and “not having permission” to broadcast. The outlet notes that most pro-Christian channels in Pakistan are based abroad since because PEMRA does not release licenses for religious broadcasting, and only allows the airing of Christian messages for Christmas and Easter.
Protesters demand release of Asia Bibi, in Lahore, Pakistan, November 21, 2010.
Christians in Australia will hold a demonstration next week to ask their government to intervene on behalf of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death in 2010 on accusations of blasphemy, as her final appeal hearing is expected this month.The rally will be held on Oct. 8 at the Parliament House in Sydney, and present a petition to the Pakistani Consulate.
Two of the attackers detonated their suicide jackets while two others were killed by security forces, officials were quoted as saying by the Dawn News.
In a brazen assault, four heavily-armed suicide attackers on Friday stormed a Christian colony, opening indiscriminate fire that left one person dead and several others injured before the terrorists were gunned down by security forces in this northwestern Pakistani city.