After a decline in scale and casualties, the anti-Shia sectarian violence is once again resurging in Pakistan. In the last two weeks, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Al-Alami, an anti-Shia extremist outfit, has claimed responsibility for the targeted assassinations of four women of the ethnic Hazara Shia community in Quetta and the attack on a Shia Imambargah in Karachi. Alarmingly, during the same period, two deadly attacks of almost similar modus operandi were witnessed against the Shia worshippers in Afghanistan, one in Kabul and the other in the northern Balkh province. Since 2014, sectarian terrorism—spearheaded by Khurasan chapter of the Islamic State (IS)—has emerged as a new potent threat in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban insurgency.
A rather violent hashtag is trending on Twitter, and it surrounds one Pakistani woman’s possibly imminent execution. Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Christian woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy, having been accused of insulting the Prophet of Islam Muhammad during an argument. Still alive and in custody, news broke last week that Bibi’s case would be heard by Pakistan’s supreme court. Many men then began demanding her death with the hashtag #HangAasia, but some are fighting back in her defense on Twitter.
The long-awaited final appeal of a Christian woman sentenced to death under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws has been adjourned after a judge said he could not hear the case.
Justice Muhammad Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman, one of three judges who met amid heightened security in Islamabad to hear the appeal, said he could not rule on whether Asia Bibi’s 2010 conviction for insulting the prophet Muhammad should stand because of his involvement in a related case.
Today about 150 top Muslim Clerics (Muftis) issued a religious decree and demanded from Government to hang Asia bibi and all other prisoners of blasphemy laws and also demanded speedy trial of pending cases of blasphemy in Pakistani courts.
The religious decree warned government of Pakistan that if Asia Bibi was sent abroad with any conspiracy then administration will face consequences.
Jamshaid Dasti, a member of Pakistan’s National Assembly blames Jews for stopping honour killing fun.
Dasti sees Jewish conspiracy in anti-rape, anti-honor killing bills
ISLAMABAD: Jamshaid Dasti, a member of the National Assembly, said that the parliament has been subdued by the American non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their Jewish agenda as the joint session of the parliament passed anti-rape and anti-honour killing bills.
For the last number of months, the UNHRC has turned away persecuted Pakistani Christians seeking asylum in Thailand.
A Pakistani Christian pastor forced to flee to Thailand was denied asylum, leaving him with nowhere to turn.
After four years of struggling with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) to prove his case was genuine, Baber Masih said of his plight and that of his wife and three children, “If we return to our country and get arrested due to blasphemy, we are afraid that everything that happens to people who get arrested under blasphemy laws would happen to us. The Muslim extremists of Pakistan could imprison us, kill or even burn us alive.”
Last year, three people a day were killed in the name of “honor” in Pakistan: a total of 1,096 women and 88 men, according to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, which says the true figure is likely higher because many such crimes go unreported.