Pakistani Christian arrested on blasphemy accusation

Pakistani police arrested Christian brick kiln worker Pervaiz Masih in Garray Wala village in the Kasur District of Punjab province on 2 September after a Muslim business rival accused him of insulting the name of Muhammad.

Pakistani Christian lawyers helping persecuted Christians, supported by Barnabas
Pakistani Christian lawyers helping persecuted Christians, supported by Barnabas

Pervaiz, father of four children, including a seven-month-old baby boy, fled his home in fear after Muhammad Kahlid registered an incident report against him alleging that he had made derogatory remarks about Muhammad in a dispute between the men, said Ali Hussain, a senior police official.

Police detained four of Pervaiz’s relatives, and officers dragged his wife into the streets and ripped off her clothing as they tried to get information from her about his whereabouts. Police also beat local Christians and raided Christian homes in Pervaiz’s home village as they attempted to get information about him.

About two weeks later, on 2 September, Pervaiz Masih handed himself over to police, whereupon his relatives were released. He was sent to the Kasur District Jail.

Christian Pakistani lawyers from the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), a Barnabas partner organisation, discovered that the dispute between the two men erupted after Pervaiz requested payments owed to him.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan. There is a mandatory death sentence for insulting the name of Muhammad under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code. Blasphemy accusations are frequently used to exert revenge and settle personal vendettas.

Although no one has been executed for convictions under Section 295-C, the accused are left languishing in prisons. Even without a conviction, anyone accused of blasphemy is vulnerable to local Muslims taking the law into their own hands in veneration of Muhammad.

“We have received reports that some Christian families have already fled the village over fears of any potential mob violence,” said Joseph Francis, national director of CLAAS, “but a heavy contingent of police has been deployed to protect the minority members.”

According to UCA News, many Christians are making the difficult decision to flee into neighbouring countries to seek asylum from religious persecution. After his brother was accused of sending a blasphemous text message to Muslim clerics in 2011, Sarfraz Masih has decided to take his family to Sri Lanka. “I have resisted four years of intimidations, including death threats, while pursuing my brother’s case vigorously. But I can’t take it anymore,” he said.

In what could be a positive move forward, Pakistan’s Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, said on 7 September that the government will take action against anyone who calls someone else kafir (non-Muslim). If such legislation were to be put into place, this could be a deterrent to anyone making a false accusation of blasphemy.

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3 Responses to Pakistani Christian arrested on blasphemy accusation

  1. θ says:

    Except himself, Jesus commands his followers to not offend Jews, Samaritans and Gentiles. The unseen” Christ Morality (Conservatism) would increase when the “visible” Christian legalism decreases. Jesus knows better that when Christ Morality is politicised or legalised quickly the main moral messages of Christ – love under God – in the world dissipates.

    More and more Christ Morality becomes anomaly.
    Perversion and lust replaced God’s grace. Evangelists lost the battle against homo propagandists because homophiles can misrepresent Christ as friend of perverts. Moslem immigrants are solution for the decline of Western Conservatism. Moslem immigrants are very living witnesses of the failures of theocracy.

    Moslem immigrants could revive again the dying Conservatism in the West after the loss of battle to the homos.

    Moslem immigrants are victims and moderate. It is unthinkable if those refugees would host the same terrorists who persecute and pursue them in Middle East.
    In other hands, the terrorists would rather choose to flee into Syria and Iraq than to live among the victims of theocrats.

    Western Governments and NGOs should demand a lot of money from the wealthy emirs of the Gulf states for relocating and sustaining the daily living Moslem immigrants.

  2. madmanna says:

    ” Evangelists lost the battle against homo propagandists because homophiles can misrepresent Christ as friend of perverts. ”

    No they can’t. This is a ridiculous claim on your part. Jesus upheld the moral law of the OT which is against all forms of sexual perversion. He upheld the judgement of Sodom and Gomorrah. So did Paul in Romans 1. Jesus even takes away the temporary sanction for divorce which Moses gave because of the hardness of the hearts of men.

  3. madmanna says:

    “Except himself, Jesus commands his followers to not offend Jews, Samaritans and Gentiles.”

    No he doesn’t. Where?

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