Pakistanis debate real enemy: girl-shooting Taliban or drone-firing US

The news that the Taliban shot 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai for speaking out against them has sparked debate that highlights a major division in Pakistan. In this Saturday, Oct. 13, photo, Pakistani students hold pictures of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out against them, during a protest condemning the attack, […]

Religious groups rally across Pakistan over anti-Islam film

Demonstrators in cities across Pakistan took to the streets to call for punishment against the makers of a film that insulted Islam. Supporters of the Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami cahnt slogans during a demonstation, in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. […]

In Pakistan, girl freed but blasphemy debate still stuck

Activists seeking to reform Pakistan’s stringent blasphemy laws had hoped this case would spur change. Security officials surround Rimsha Masih (c., in green scarf), a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, moving her to a helicopter after her release from Adyala jail in Rawalpindi Sept. 8. (Reuters) By Taha Siddiqui, Correspondent posted September 9, 2012 at 2:08 […]

As Pakistani Christian girl is granted bail, critics call for blasphemy law reform

A Pakistani judge granted bail today to a young, mentally challenged Christian girl accused of burning pages of the Islamic holy book. Paul Bhatti (c.), an advisor to the prime minister of Pakistan on minorities affairs, flanked by lawyers of a Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, addresses a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. […]

Suicide attack on US car in Pakistan shows resistance to offensive

Terrorist attacks have increased in Pakistan since the announcement last month by US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta about Pakistan’s openness to a possible North Waziristan operation. Officials and rescue volunteers gather at the bombing site in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 3. A car filled with explosives rammed into a US government vehicle on Monday, killing […]

Blasphemy case: Christian girl’s accuser arrested for planting evidence

Pakistani police have arrested Muslim cleric Khalid Chishti after his deputy came forward to accuse Mr. Chishti of adding burnt pages of the Quran to an evidence submission. Pakistani Muslim girls talk about press gathered outside a mosque, unseen, where police arrested a Muslim cleric Khalid Chishti, in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday. In the […]

Pakistani blasphemy case: latest twist in young girl’s fate

  The accuser claims that the young Christian girl said to have Down’s syndrome is part of an international conspiracy to ridicule Islam, raising concern among observers about a fair trial. Tahir Naveed Chaudhry (c.) the lawyer of a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, briefs reporters about a court proceeding in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Aug. […]