Taliban Acknowledges Death of Leader Mullah Omar


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(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The Afghan Taliban have released a statement purportedly from the family of Mullah Omar saying he has died of an unspecified illness.

The statement, emailed to The Associated Press on Thursday, didn’t say when he died.

It followed an announcement from the Kabul government the day before. Senior Taliban figures have also told the AP that Mullah Omar died.

The statement says it’s being issued in the name of Mullah Omar’s brother, Mullah Abdul Manan, and his son, Mohammad Yaqub. It apologizes for “any mistakes Mullah Omar (made) during his rule of Afghanistan.” It also asks all Afghans and Muslims to forgive any mistakes Mullah Omar made as leader of the Taliban.

The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until they were overthrown in a U.S-led invasion in 2001.

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Read next: How the Death of Mullah Omar Could Disrupt Progress in Afghanistan

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Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan (the most recent are at the top).

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http://www.christianpost.com/news/pakistans-islamic-government-has-strong-relations-with-muslim-extremists-activist-and-former-parliament-member-says-as-new-violence-targets-christians-139728/
http://www.persecution.org/2015/05/28/pakistan-proposes-legislation-to-curb-abuse-of-deadly-blasphemy-laws/
http://tribune.com.pk/story/892895/blasphemy-law-penalties-proposed-for-false-accusers/
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/05/27/mob-reportedly-attacks-christian-homes-in-pakistan-after-blasphemy-row/
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/pakistan.anti.christian.violence.in.lahore.after.alleged.quran.burning/54626.htm
http://www.ibtimes.com/alleged-quran-desecration-sparks-muslim-christian-violence-lahore-pakistan-1936333

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan (the most recent are at the top).

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http://www.dawn.com/news/1183333/asias-largest-cross-a-symbol-of-hope-for-karachis-christains
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/21/408534103/more-than-100-charged-in-mob-killing-of-christian-couple-in-pakistan
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/21-May-2015/atc-indicts-106-suspects-in-christian-couple-lynching-case
http://www.merinews.com/article/growing-religious-intolerance-in-pakistan/15906592.shtml
http://www.christiandaily.com/article/pakistan.church.speaks.out.killing.of.innocents.because.of.faith.is.unacceptable/50204.htm
http://nation.com.pk/lahore/17-May-2015/two-freed-in-youhanabad-lynching-case

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan (the most recent are at the top).

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http://www.ucanews.com/news/pakistan-church-rights-groups-call-for-better-protection-of-minorities/73606
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/pakistan.we.will.attack.ismailis.shiites.and.christians.says.taliban.gunman.after.shooting.43.people.dead/53871.htm
http://www.christianpost.com/news/stop-building-churches-and-convert-to-islam-or-we-will-make-a-horrible-example-of-you-muslims-threaten-christians-in-pakistan-139038/
http://www.pukaarnews.com/pakistani-christians-suffer-whilst-seeking-asylum-in-thailand-2/14400/
http://aclj.org/persecuted-church/pakistan-one-of-the-worst-religious-freedom-offenders-says-uscirf
http://www.dawn.com/news/1179787/faith-based-violence
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-04-29/news/61653015_1_police-custody-taliban-suicide-bombers-suicide-attack

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan.

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http://www.persecution.org/2015/04/02/international-christian-concern-calls-news-conference-april-14-to-address-violent-religious-persecution-in-pakistan/
http://www.christianpost.com/news/pakistan-indicts-16-christians-for-killing-two-church-bombing-suspects-90-injured-churchgoers-in-critical-condition-136818/

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan (the most recent are at the top).

For more visit:
http://www.worldmag.com/2015/03/pakistani_christians_protest_after_taliban_church_bombings
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31922140
http://www.latimes.com/world/afghanistan-pakistan/la-fg-pakistan-christians-protests-20150316-story.html
http://www.persecution.org/2015/03/16/fifteen-killed-dozens-wounded-after-suicide-bombers-attack-two-churches-in-pakistan/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/suicide-bombers-attack-catholic-church-in-pakistan/2015/03/15/e21f1b8a-caed-11e4-b2a1-bed1aaea2816_story.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/853616/blast-heard-in-lahore-2/

Twin Bombings Outside Pakistan Churches Kill 14


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Pakistan: Persecution News Update.

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At least 14 people died and nearly 80 were wounded in deadly bomb blasts outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday morning, marking one of the country’s worst-ever attacks on its Christian minority.

A Pakistani Taliban splinter group called Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the twin explosions, which occurred just minutes apart during Sunday services at the churches in Lahore’s Youhanabad neighborhood, Reuters reports.

A policeman and a private security guard were reported to be among those killed in the blasts. Al Jazeera quoted a police spokesman as saying that suicide bombers were behind the attacks, which came just weeks after a suicide bombing outside a Lahore police compound killed several people.

The bombings on Sunday were followed by protests by Lahore’s Christian community about the lack of security. Local media reported that, shortly after the attacks, an angry crowd lynched two men suspected of involvement in…

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The Fear That Haunts Peshawar


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Two weeks after a Taliban attack on a local school killed 147 people, 136 of them children, the Pakistani city of Peshawar is still raw with grief and fear.

The capital city of the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (or the North-West Frontier Province as it used to be known) often finds itself in the front line of the 10-year-old Taliban insurgency and has witnessed appalling bloodshed.

But the Dec. 16 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar surpassed even those standards of horror. It was the worst single terrorist attack in the history of a country that, according to the Global Terrorism Index, is the world’s most affected by terrorism after Iraq and Afghanistan.

Authorities have beefed-up security in the face of the school carnage, and in response to threats of similar attacks from the Taliban. Checkpoints have been stepped up on roads into the city. Surprise swoops netted 1,200…

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