Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province assassinated

CNN is reporting the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was assassinated by his own security guard Tuesday, according to Interior Minister Rehman Malik, apparently because he spoke out against the country's controversial blasphemy law.

You can read the full report here.

Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws have again catapulted into the international spotlight following the arrest of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman. She was sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws on November 8, and she is awaiting an appeals court hearing, which has not yet been set.

Asia has received many death threats since her arrest and sentence, and protesters against amendments to the law recently held a 24-hour strike on December 31. One Muslim cleric was quoted as saying, “Pakistan’s blasphemy law will change over our dead bodies.”

Please pray for the nation of Pakistan and its believers. Pray they would not be fearful but rather filled with peace. Pray for their safety and well-being. Pray God would do a work in the hearts of the officials in charge of Asia’s case.

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