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SC orders govt to compensate Quetta church blast victims

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the federal government to compensate the victims of Quetta church blast victims. A two-member bench comprising of Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan heard the suo-motu notice on the matter. A representative of the Christian community, in the hearing, informed the court that Rs 7.2…

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Hazara sit-ins: Interior Minister reaches Quetta for talks

In an attempt to persuade the protesting Hazaras to end sit-ins, Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has reached Quetta to meet community elders. Quetta’s Hazaras are protesting against the unabated killings of community members in targeted shootings. The minister will also chair a meeting to review law and order situation in the provincial capital. Ban…

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LeJ disguised as ISIS targeting Christians in Quetta

KARACHI: At least 15 Christians have been killed in a fresh spate of violence in Quetta. No arrest has been announced. In the latest attack on the religious minority, unidentified men sprayed volley of bullets on worshipers who were walking out of a church after attending the Sunday service. Two people died and three others,…

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Two Christians killed in Quetta firing

QUETTA: Two Christians were killed in a drive-by shooting in Quetta Sunday. It was the second such attack on Christians in Quetta this month. Unidentified gunmen on motorbikes opened fire at a group of Christians in Quetta’s Esa Nagri neighbourhood, injuring at least five people, police said. The injured were taken to Bolan Medical Complex…

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Pope tells Karachi Christian he “daily prays for peace in Pakistan”

Islamabad: A Pakistani Christian whose selfie with the Pope has gone viral has spoken of his “heartache” at the treatment of minorities in Pakistan, and said the pontiff told him he was praying for peace. Daniel Bashir, a 26-year-old doctor in Karachi, told AFP he took the selfie with the leader of the world’s Catholics…

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Christian family demands justice after four killed in Quetta

By Zainuddin QUETTA: Family of four Christians, who were gunned down in a militant attack in Quetta, has called for justice. “The killers should be apprehended and made to suffer the same fate,” said Shama Perveen who lost her husband and two brothers in the terrorist assault on Monday evening. Pervez Maseeh’s widow, Shama Parveen,…

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In Pictures: Christians celebrate Easter across Pakistan

The Christian community across the world, including Pakistan, celebrated Easter on Sunday to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Prophet Issa A.S) with religious devotion and fervor. Special prayers and ceremonies held in churches across the country. It is typically the well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches on Easter Sunday. The government…

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Christians mark Good Friday in Lahore

LAHORE: Christians packed churches in Lahore to attend the Good Friday service to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, over 2,000 years ago. The Lahore Cathedral Church was filled with the morning worshippers at the Good Friday service which began with songs of praise for the Jesus. The parishioners also…

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13 dead in Christian-Muslim violence in Nigeria: police

LAGOS: At least 13 people have been killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim youths in central Nigeria, police said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the region. Fighting broke out on Monday in Kasuwan Magani community in Kaduna state, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) by road from the state capital, Kaduna city….

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In ‘China’s Jerusalem’, Christians say faith trumps official Sunday School ban

A room that used to house Sunday School classes is pictured at a church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, China December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Shepherd WENZHOU, China: When authorities in China’s southeastern city of Wenzhou outlawed Sunday School earlier this year, Christian parents determined their children must still learn about Jesus and the Bible, reported Reuters….

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Christmas: Film stars greet Christian community

LAHORE: Film stars Resham, Saima and senior film director Hassan Askari have congratulated Christian community on Christmas. Talking to state news agency here on Saturday, they said that all Pakistanis were sharing the happy movements of X-mas with their Christian brothers and sisters. They said that Islam is a religion of love and brotherhood and…

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Video: New CCTV footage shows brave police officer battling militant

QUETTA: A new CCTV footage shows a brave police officer battling the militant who conducted an attack on Christians in Quetta, on Sunday. From the CCTV footage one can make out the police officer firing his gun from behind a tree without caring for his own life as he attempts to stop the militants dead…

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‘We are one’: Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump’s Jerusalem call

JERUSALEM: Less than an hour after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinians protested by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree outside Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.  It was a timely reminder that while headlines focused on Islamist calls for uprisings and Trump’s references to…

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Tillerson: Jerusalem embassy move probably not for 2 years

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem would probably not take place for at least two years. “This is not something that is going to happen this year or probably not next year, but the president does want us to move in a very…

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All you need to know about Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem move

For centuries now, Jerusalem has been at the heart of many conflicts and wars. The city holds special importance and is revered by the three most important religions in the world–Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Which is exactly why Trump’s hasty decision to declare Jerusalem (all of it) as Israel’s capital and his announcement to shift…

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Hundreds of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots reported in India: US 2016 Report

WASHINGTON: There were reports of hundreds of religiously motivated killings and assaults across India , including an increase in violent incidents by cow protection groups against mostly Muslims victims, according to the latest annual report issued by the US State Department. According to the 2016 International Religious Freedom report, groups most frequently targeted in India…

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Pakistani Christians sing national song and netizens are loving it

Talented Christian artists have joined hands to sing a national song as Pakistan prepares to mark the country’s 70th Independence Day on August 14.  The song, shared by Facebook page Counter Narrative yesterday, has been commended by netizens for beautiful voices and production quality. “That’s a far better version of tribute than coke studio’s national…

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Interior ministry announces holiday on Monday for Christians

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry announced optional holiday on April 17 (Monday) for Christian community as day after Easter. According to Interior Ministry notification on Friday, the holiday was announced in view of Easter and would be availed by Christians working in governmental and non-governmental organizations of the country. The decision of holiday was taken on…

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Christians across world celebrating Christmas

KARACHI: The Christian community is celebrating Christmas across the world today to mark the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (AS). The Christians in Pakistan will also celebrate their religious festival with traditional enthusiasm. Special services will be held in churches across the country, and prayers will be offered for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan….

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PM Sharif wishes Christians Merry Christmas

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has wished the Christians living in Pakistan and across the world a ‘Merry Christmas’ and appreciated the patriotism and dedicated role of minorities’ communities in Pakistan for peace, development and prosperity of the country. “I am immensely happy to note that minorities in Pakistan are actively contributing to the…

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US decries IS ‘genocide’ of Christians, Shias, Yazidis

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday denounced the “genocide” carried out by the Islamic State group against Christians, Shias and Yazidis, as the State Department unveiled its somber annual report on religious freedom around the world. In its comprehensive look at the situation in more than 200 countries in 2015, the State Department said non-state…

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