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Pakistani couple get death sentences for blasphemy

A Pakistani Christian couple have been sentenced to death for blasphemy after allegedly sending a text message insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
The couple, named as Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, were found guilty of sending the text message to the imam of their local mosque.

Allegations of blasphemy against Islam are taken very seriously in Pakistan.

Several recent cases have prompted international concern about the application of blasphemy laws.

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Blasphemy acquitted, was gunned down in Jehlum,LEAD has concern for Younas Masih

Punjab:It is shocking news which came on surface in news papers about one blasphemy acquittal,Ashraf Gola , was gunned down near Pind Dadan Khan, some 250 kilometres from Lahore by unidentified men and dead along with one friend Iftikhar Ahmed in a car while they were travelling.

Sharafat Gola told police that his brother,Ashraf Gola got threats of dire consequences by those who pursuing it after acquittal from blasphemy.
Police have registered a case against the unidentified killers.The incident highlights how blasphemy accused are not safe in Pakistan even after being acquitted.

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Temple set ablaze over alleged desecration of holy book in Pak

Karachi, Mar 16, 2014 (PTI)
The protesters attacked the temple, set the dharmashala on fire last night and surrounded the house of a Hindu man who was accused of burning the pages of the holy book, prompting security forces to fire warning shots and tear gas shells.
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A frenzied mob attacked a Hindu temple and set a dharmashala on fire over alleged desecration of a holy book, prompting authorities to impose a curfew in the Larkana city of Pakistan's southern Sindh province.

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The brother of assassinated Pakistani Catholic minister Shahbaz Bhatti has been forced to flee Pakistan after being threatened

Brother of slain Catholic minority affairs minister flees Pakistan, says he was warned of “dire consequences”

February 10, 2014 By Deacon Greg Kandra

Paul Bhatti, chairman of the All Pakistan Minority Alliance, an umbrella organization of religious minorities, as well as the Shahbaz Bhatti Memorial Trust, told a Pakistani cable channel on Saturday that he has moved to Italy in order to save his life.

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