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Miara Shahbaz

Pakistan: for kidnapped Catholic girl, calamity in the courtroom

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“With this ruling, no Christian girl in Pakistan is safe. It is unbelievable. What we have seen yesterday is an Islamic judgment. The arguments we put forward were very strong and cogent.”

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Pakistan: Christian man is murdered for living in a Muslim neighborhood

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“What kind of mentality is this? I really have no answer for it. I don’t know if people in the West can understand what a difficult situation we [Christians] have to face here on account of our faith.”

In Pakistan, hope for kidnapped Catholic girl forced to marry Muslim captor

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“If the police and the courts know that people in the West are paying attention, they will be under more pressure to follow the law rather than give into extremist groups who are not favorable to Christians.”

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In Pakistan, aid for poor Christian families coping with pandemic

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“This aid that you at ACN has given has helped save the people from starvation. Many of them had nothing to put on the table to feed their families and they were in a very scary situation.”

Pakistani Catholic girl, kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam, has been raped and is pregnant

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“The court has delayed and continues to delay justice on behalf of Huma, solely because she is an underage Christian girl.”

Pakistan: Imam’s fatwa gives parents of kidnapped Catholic girl hope

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“In terms of how the marriage is viewed within the Muslim community, the Grand Mufti’s intervention is significant.”

Pakistan: in prison on blasphemy charges, Christian man sees appeal hearing postponed nearly 70 times

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“In our country, what so often happens is that they first arrest the accused and only later do they check the evidence.”

Miara Shahbaz

Pakistan: family of abducted Catholic girl, 14, takes case to High Court

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Nakash, the kidnapper, argues that, contrary to Pakistani law, which forbids marriage to minors, marrying Maira is sanctioned by Islamic custom which, he claims, says it is valid provided the girl has had her first period.

For Christians in Pakistan, pandemic lockdown spells hunger, hardship

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The emergency program will provide food parcels to more than 5000 of the poorest families, families that were already living below the poverty threshold before the pandemic.

Miara Shahbaz

Christian girl, 14, abducted during virus lockdown in Pakistan, forced to wed kidnapper and renounce her faith

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Mr. Sandhu said he would appeal the decision, taking the case to Lahore High Court and if necessary Pakistan’s Supreme Court, which in October 2018 sensationally overturned the case of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman on death row for blasphemy.

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