Mobile Phone Service Cut as Pakistan Blasphemy Killer’s Supporters Protest

By Faisal Mahmood and Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, March 29 – Pakistani authorities blocked mobile phone service for a third day in Islamabad on Tuesday as hundreds of hardline Muslim activists continued to protest the execution of a man who killed a governor over his criticism of harsh blasphemy laws. Security forces occasionally jam mobile phone

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Pakistan Hangs Man Who Killed Governor Over Call to Reform Blasphemy Law

ISLAMABAD, Feb 29  – Pakistan on Monday executed a man who killed the governor of Punjab province over his call to reform the country’s strict blasphemy laws that carry a death sentence for insulting Islam, police said. Protests broke out within hours by supporters of the killer, who consider him a hero who defended the

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Saudi Court Commutes Palestinian Poet’s Death Sentence to Jail, Lashes

DUBAI, Feb 3 – A Saudi court has commuted the death sentence against a Palestinian poet on charges of apostasy and abandoning his Muslim faith to eight years in jail and 800 lashes, his lawyer said. Ashraf Fayadh was detained by the country’s religious police in 2013 in Abha, southwest Saudi Arabia, and rearrested and

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