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Pakistan threatens to block social media over 'blasphemy'

Islamabad - A Pakistani court has ordered the government to open an investigation into online "blasphemy", threatening to ban social media networks if they failed to censor content deemed insulting to Islam, lawyers said Thursday.

Pakistan delays blasphemy appeal after judge steps down

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court delayed an appeal into a notorious blasphemy case against a Christian mother on death row Thursday after one of the judges stepped down, with thousands of security forces deployed following threats from Muslim clerics.

Fear, faith in Pakistan as Christian mother appeals death sentence

Lahore - A life and death countdown has begun in Pakistan, where the Supreme Court is due to hear a final appeal against the execution of a Christian woman for blasphemy.

Fear and faith for daughters of Pakistani Christian on death row

Lahore - Esham and her sister Esha live largely in seclusion: fears they will be mistreated because they are daughters of the accused in Pakistan's most infamous blasphemy case make them reluctant to venture into the brimming streets of Lahore.

Islamist assassin's supporters hold sit-in in Pakistan capital

Islamabad - Thousands of supporters of an executed Islamist assassin were holding a sit-in in Islamabad Monday after submitting a list of demands including the execution of a female Christian blasphemy convict.

Pakistan police arrest cleric for inciting boy to cut off own hand

Islamabad - Police in Pakistan have arrested an imam for inciting violence after a 15-year-old boy who was reported to have been mistakenly accused of blasphemy cut off his own hand.

Pakistani boy cuts off own hand after blasphemy mistake: Police

Lahore - A 15-year-old Pakistani boy cut off his own hand believing he had committed blasphemy, only to be celebrated by his parents and neighbours for the act, police told AFP Friday.

Pakistan minorities live in fear after blasphemy mob killings

Kot Radha Kishan - Four-year-old Aliya's life collapsed last year when her illiterate Christian parents were falsely accused of tossing out pages of the Koran in their rubbish, and then lynched and burnt on a brick kiln by an angry mob.

Pakistan's Ahmadis battle mob and state for identity

Islamabad - "Are these the people with bullets who took my papa away?" two-year-old Sabiha Ahmad asked her mother anxiously when AFP visited her family, members of Pakistan's persecuted Ahmadi minority, who are currently living in hiding.

Uneasy calm in Pakistani city after weekend of sectarian violence

Jhelum - Officials in a Pakistani city hit by sectarian riots called a meeting of religious clerics Sunday to defuse tensions as scores of Ahmadi Muslims reportedly fled after a weekend of violence.

Mob torches factory in Pakistan following blasphemy accusation

Lahore - An angry mob in Pakistan's Punjab province torched a factory after one of its employees was accused of committing blasphemy, police officials said on Saturday.

Pakistan Supreme Court issues blasphemy warning

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court has called on the state to ensure that hundreds of people facing imprisonment and even execution under controversial blasphemy laws have not been falsely charged, often by enemies wanting to settle personal scores.

Iceland decriminalises blasphemy after Charlie Hebdo attack

Reykjav - Iceland's parliament on Friday voted widely in favour of decriminalising blasphemy, in the name of freedom of expression in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.The bill was adopted after 43 of 63 members of parliament voted in favour.

Pakistani policeman kills blasphemy suspect with axe

Lahore - A Pakistani policeman used an axe to kill a man arrested on blasphemy allegations, a day after a mob murdered a Christian couple accused of the same crime, officials said Thursday.

Christian 'blasphemy' couple detained by boss before murder

- A Pakistani Christian bonded labourer and his pregnant wife killed for alleged blasphemy were locked inside a brick-making factory before their murder to prevent them from fleeing their debts, relatives said Wednesday.

Christian couple killed for 'desecrating Koran' in Pakistan

Lahore - An enraged Muslim mob beat a Christian couple to death in Pakistan and burnt their bodies in the brick kiln where they worked on Tuesday for allegedly desecrating a Koran, police said.

Pakistan man sentenced to death for 'blasphemy'

Lahore - A court in Pakistan has passed a death sentence on a man convicted under controversial blasphemy laws of insulting the Prophet Mohammed, lawyers said Tuesday.

Pakistan couple gets death over 'blasphemous' text message

Lahore - A court in eastern Pakistan has sentenced a Christian couple to death for sending a blasphemous text message insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, their lawyer said Saturday.

Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy

Lahore - A Christian man has been convicted of blasphemy against Islam and sentenced to death in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.

Op-Ed: Is Nelson Mandela holier than The Prophet?

Rugeley - Britain's politically correct police reached a new low when they arrested a man for making a joke about the dying Nelson Mandela.

Review: ‘Dave Allen: God's Own Comedian’ Special

If you are not British, you may not have heard of Dave Allen, but he was once one of the biggest stars on TV, and one of the most controversial.

Op-Ed: The dangers of blasphemy laws

On March 9, 2013, a mob of more than 3,000 people rampaged through a Christian community located in Lahore, Pakistan. Angry Muslim protesters torched the community in response to a man named Sawan Masih allegedly blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed.

Turkish pianist Fazil Say convicted of insulting Islam

Istanbul - Internationally renowned Turkish composer and pianist Fazil Say was handed a 10-month suspended prison sentence today for blasphemy. Say, an atheist, was found guilty of insulting Islam via Twitter posts.

Rimsha case adjourned and sent to juvenile court

Islamabad - A mentally ill Christian girl has had her case adjourned. There was no evidence that the girl desecrated the Noorani Qaida, according to a police investigator in Pakistan. However, accusers want the girl to be expelled from the area where she lived.

Review: The blasphemous film 'Innocence Of Muslims'

A trailer for the film 'Innocence Of Muslims' has now been uploaded to YouTube. Is it as bad as claimed? Unfortunately, it is even worse.

The film at the centre of US embassy attacks in Libya and Egypt

An Israeli-American filmmaker has gone into hiding after his low-budget film, attacking Islam's Prophet Muhammad, sparked attacks on US embassies in Egypt and Libya, that left four Americans dead including American Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Op-Ed: Free Rimsha Masih & end the blasphemy law witch hunts in Pakistan

Pakistan’s latest victim of the notorious blasphemy laws, is an 11 year old girl suffering from Downs Syndrome. Rimshah Masih was taken from her mother by an angry mob intent on killing her.

Op-Ed: 'The Freethinker' — The nasty face of atheism

Beckenham - 'The Freethinker' styles itself 'the voice of atheism since 1881', but there is a lot more to this monthly journal than denying the existence of God.

Twitter blasphemer sentenced to 10 years in jail

A Kuwaiti man has been convicted on charges of endangering state security by insulting the Prophet Mohammed on his Twitter account.

Tunisia: Two men sentenced to seven years for blasphemy

A court in Tunisia has sentenced two young Tunisian men to seven years in prison for publishing blasphemous material on social media sites. One of the two men is in custody whilst the other managed to flee the country and reach Greece.
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Rimsha Masih  Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy still in danger despite bail
Rimsha Masih, Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy still in danger despite bail
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