Another Blasphemy Case Registered – Christians are Under Threat


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Shamim Masih reports on another Muslim accusing a Christian breaking the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan. Breaking the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan is a serious issue that can lead anywhere to incarceration to a death penalty. The preliminary accusation appears to be that Christian Tariq Yousaf in his side profession made firecrackers with Islamic verses on the inside. A person with the name of Khurram allegedly found the Islamic verses inside the firecrackers. Why does a person buy firecrackers then open them up to see what is inside them? Of course I don’t know yet but it sounds like a set-up to me which is a typical vengeance or exploitation play by Muslims against Christians in Pakistan. At any rate I pray Shamim keeps informed because we know the Mainstream Media in America could care less what happens to Christians in Pakistan.

 

JRH 11/3/13

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Another Blasphemy Case Registered – Christians are Under Threat

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 11/1/2013 10:02 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: On October 29, we celebrated our wedding anniversary. After the celebration, lying in bed on a lazy autumn late evening, something dark and nasty reached out to me, my cell phone ringing. One of my friends was on the other side said that there is another blasphemy case in Wazirabad Gujranwala, the situation is tense there. I picked my phone and made a call to the local police officer. The local police officer, Sami Ullah, the SHO, told me details of the incident and confirmed that there is an incident but (administration) is on the ground looking into the matter.

 

With a Muslim majority, the country’s Christian population is quite small. Even though Pakistan is a democratic country, but Christians are considered second class citizens especially in remote areas. Discrimination limits their work prospects and their influence in the country’s political and cultural matters.

 

Tariq Yousaf makes his livings by making firecrackers in Wazirabad Gujranwala. Wazirabad is famous for its cutlery items and Tariq works in cutlery factory with a low salary and works part time as well to make the both ends meet. On October 27, Khurram, (complainant) bought a few firecrackers from Tariq and found Islamic verses in it. He called on Tariq and beat him severely but with the intervention of the local elders, the issue was resolved. Later he [Khurram] went to the police station and registered the First Investigation Report FIR No. 533/12 in Sadar Police Station, Wazirabad. (Copy it attached). FIR No. 533-12 in Sadar Police Station, Wazirabad

 

Later on Friday, November 01, the situation became tense again, but with the help of the local administration, situation remained under control. Fazal –e- Haq, Assistant Superintendent Police – ASP and Sami Ullah, Station House Officer– SHO with police squad remained there till late hours. Christian leadership was also there to look into the matter.

 

According to Farrukh H Saif, accused of the blasphemy case are under police custody and World Vision in Progress – WVIP is handling the legal matters of the case.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

 

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