Christian man in Lahore charged with blasphemy over WhatsApp poem

Yasir Bashir says Nadeem James sent him a poem on messaging app that was derogatory about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

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Yasir Bashir says Nadeem James sent him a poem on messaging app that was derogatory about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). PHOTO: WHATSAPP

LAHORE: A Christian man was charged with blasphemy in Lahore on Monday after his Muslim friend alleged he had sent a poem on WhatsApp that insulted Islam, police said.

Yasir Bashir said Nadeem James had sent him a poem on the messaging app that was derogatory about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and other holy figures.

"Police have registered a case on blasphemy charges against Nadeem James and are searching for him as he has fled his home," a local law enforcement official told AFP on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter.

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Another police official said that James' relatives had been taken into "protective custody" and that there was increased security in Christian neighbourhoods in the town of Sara-i-Almgeer, around 160 kilometres north of Lahore, because of local tension arising from Bashir's complaint.

Such allegations can trigger beatings and mob violence while strict blasphemy laws including the death penalty for insulting the prophet exist in the country.

A Christian couple were lynched then burnt in a kiln in Punjab in 2014 after being falsely accused of desecrating the holy Quran.

Rights campaigners say blasphemy laws are often used to settle personal disputes in the country.


Heroes Sin | 6 years ago | Reply Is the faith into which one must give Allah so weak that a Christian is charged with blasphemy for expressing himself in a poem? Has the faith of Pakistanis become so hollow, as to be waved away by a non Muslim Poem?
Babar | 6 years ago | Reply I want to see the poem and then judge. This so called "Muslim" friend should be hanged if the poem is not blasphemous. I know if I ever come across this "Muslim" friend, I shall give him the beating of his life. I wonder if he has a family. Would love to know their stupid mindset!!!! Yes, I am a Muslim but not an idiot who is Mullah brainwashed. Pakistan as a state encourages intolerance by having idiotic laws.
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