• Pakistani Catholic family fights against forced conversion of their daughter

    One of the biggest stories in Pakistan in 2020 was that of Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Catholic resident of Railway Colony in the southern Pakistani city Karachi, who was allegedly abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and married to her 44-year-old Muslim neighbour Syed Ali Azhar. As reported by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), […]

  • Refusing marriage to Muslim suitor, Pakistani Christian woman shot dead

    A Christian maid was shot dead, reportedly by her Muslim suitor, on 30 November after refusing to convert to Islam in order to marry him. Sonia Bibi, 24, was shot in the head in a street in Rawalpindi, Punjab province, and died on her way to hospital. Her father, Allah Rakha Masih, a sanitary worker, […]

  • Pakistan High Court declares Christian girl’s “marriage” to Muslim abductor illegal

    Sindh High Court ruled on 9 November that Pakistani Christian girl Arzoo Raja is a minor and declared that her “marriage” to her Muslim abductor is illegal. A division bench directed that Arzoo be taken back to a safe shelter and ordered police to proceed against her alleged “husband”, Azhar Ali, for violating the Sindh […]

  • Pakistan court Validates Forced Conversion, Marriage of Christian Girl to Muslim

    A high court ruling in Pakistan validating the marriage and forced conversion to Islam of a 14-year-old Christian girl has heightened fears that it will encourage others to commit such crimes, sources said. Morning Star News reports that the High Court in Sindh Province on Feb. 3 dismissed a petition to have the marriage and […]