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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (5:57 pm)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

“If the accused is [not a Christian but] a Muslim, they have many ways to investigate and try to save them from this…possibly death-sentence carrying blasphemy allegation,” he said.

Cleric Khalid Jadoon Chishti has been released.

Cleric Khalid Jadoon Chishti has been released.

LAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– A leading rights lawyer says he is “disappointed” that a Muslim cleric who  “falsely” accused a Christian girl of blasphemy has been released, while several Christians remain in Pakistani jails for allegedly hurting Islamic feelings.

“We were disappointed about the judgment of the [Islamabad] court in the case of Khalid Jadoon Chishti. He tempered the evidence by adding Koranic pages into ashes [to blame the girl] Rimsha Masih of blasphemy,” said lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill, director of the Legal Evangelical Association Development group.

Masih, 14, was detained in August 2012 and spent three weeks in one of Pakistan’s toughest jails, but the case against her was eventually quashed amid international pressure.

She moved to Canada, after the cleric himself was accused of “desecrating the Koran” and “tampering with evidence” against Rimsha.

Yet on Saturday, August 17, the court acquitted Chishti of all charges “as six out of eight eyewitnesses retracted… Continue reading

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (3:30 pm)

By BosNewsLife Africa Service

Boko Haram, which means ‘Western Education is a Sin’ is reported to have murdered 45 villagers

Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people this weekend, several sources say

Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people this weekend, several sources say

ABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)– Christian leaders in Nigeria expressed concerns Wednesday, August 14, over rising tensions after at least 50 civilians were killed and dozens more injured in a series of weekend attacks in north-eastern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

“We condemn in the strongest terms this unwarranted taking of human lives,” said Reverend Yunusa Nmadu who leads the Nigeria branch of advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

“Our constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and it is particularly appalling that so many people were murdered in places of worship by a group that attributes religious motivations to such unjustifiable actions and purports to be working for the well-being of the people they have murdered,” he added in a statement obtained by BosNewsLife.

Twelve people were reported to have been killed when Boko Haram members dressed in military and police uniforms attacked Ngom, a village between Mafa and Konduga Local Government Areas in Borno State, on Saturday 10 August.

The… Continue reading