People pour in to witness

  Source: The Daily Star. DHAKA: A number of copies of the holy Quran were burnt when the stalls and pushcarts of hawkers were set ablaze during the violence at the south gate of Baitul Mukarram mosque Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of people gathered near the south gate of Baitul Mukarram […]

Celebrating Christmas in Pakistan

Rimsha Masih’s family spent Christmas Day as they have spent the last four months: in hiding, afraid for their lives. In August, the young girl, who is aged between 10 and 14 and suffers from learning difficulties, was arrested and charged with blasphemy after a local cleric falsely accused her of […]

Pakistan needs to change blasphemy law

In Pakistan, the Muslim cleric who denounced a mentally challenged Christian girl of 14 for blasphemy has now been arrested for allegedly framing her. It is the latest bizarre twist in a case that sparked a worldwide outcry. In Pakistan, blasphemy can bring a death sentence or life in prison, […]

Taslima’s book launch cancelled

Source: BDNews24 Dhaka, Feb 1 ( – Kolkata Book Fair cancelled the release of Taslima Nasreen’s latest book, Nirbashan, which was scheduled at 3 pm Tuesday. The organisers of the fair, Publishers and Booksellers Guild, telephoned the publisher to cancel the auditorium booking, The Times of India said. “We were […]

Discussion on blasphemy stifled in Punjab Assembly

Source: Express Tribune: Women chant slogans in favour of late Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s assassin, Mumtaz Qadri during a Sunni Tehrik rally in Islamabad on January 4. PHOTO: ZAFAR ASLAM/EXPRESS LAHORE: Days after religious groups protested in Lahore against the death sentence awarded to former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer’s murder Mumtaz […]