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Philip Masih ,Christian blasphemy victim rebuilds life in Pakistan GCIC thanks benefactor

Faisalabad: Christian blasphemy victim rebuilds life thanks to benefactor (and AsiaNews)

by Shafique Khokhar
In 2013, Philips Masih was charged under the "black law" on false allegations. Freed thanks to the intervention of some Muslim leaders, his electrical equipment store went bankrupt. AsiaNews told his story and an anonymous benefactor – who is helping six more people - donated food and helped him to begin again.

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Rights group voices concerns on rising sectarian violence in Pakistan


Protesters demonstrate in Islamabad.—Online Photo/File
ISLAMABAD: Sectarian killings rose by more than a fifth in Pakistan last year, a leading rights group said Thursday, warning of an alarming increase in violence against religious minorities.
The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said 687 people were killed in more than 200 sectarian attacks last year, a rise of 22 per cent on 2012.

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Ministry for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony asked to check forced conversions to Islam in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: The federal Ministry for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Auqaf and religious affairs department to take legal steps for the prevention of forced conversions of religion under the guise of marriages.

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Christians in Pakistan sentenced to death over a text message:GCIC demands repeal of barbaric law

Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) in a letter addressed to Pakistan President demanded him to intervene to save the lives of the couple, the latest victim of blasphemy law of Pakistan. The letter further says that the trumped charge of blasphemy is believed to be the handiwork of an aggressive Moulavi who wanted to settle personal scores with the couple.GCIC is is also concerned against the deafening silence of the human rights bodies and champions of democracy
A Christian couple in Pakistan have become the latest to be sentenced to death for blasphemy, after they were accused of sending a text message deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed.
Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, from the eastern town of Gojra, were sentenced after what the couple's lawyer said was a case motivated by a personal grudge.Maulvi Mohammed Hussain, a Muslim leader from a mosque in Gojra, lodged the complaint last year, claiming that Mr Emmanuel had used his wife's mobile phone to send the offending message. Nadeem Hassan, the couple's lawyer, said that the couple denied the offense and that the text message originated from a mobile phone that had been lost beforehand.

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