BREAKING NEWS: Elderly Christian Man Accused Of Blasphemy Dies In Pakistan

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- A 70-year old Christian man who was detained in Pakistan on controversial charges of "blasphemy" against Islam has died, a friend and rights lawyer told BosNewsLife. "Mukhtar Masih, who was released on bail in May this year, died Tuesday, November 2," confirmed Sardar Mushtaq Gill who leads the Pakistan-based Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) group.

BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan Court Sentences Christian Man To Death For Blasphemy (Update)

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

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LAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- A court in Pakistan has sentenced a Pakistani Christian man to death for blasphemy against Islam, in a case that sparked a local riot and international concerns over the country's blasphemy legislation, a lawyer involved in the case told BosNewsLife Thursday, March 27.