Blasphemy allegations: Man launches 'campaign' against in-laws

Petitioner tells court the accusations against his family are baseless

Our Correspondent July 23, 2017

LAHORE: A man has reportedly leveled false blasphemy charges against his in-laws, The Express Tribune has learnt. The victims of this smear campaign say it has become impossible for them to live in society after a false impression was created about them over the internet.

The petitioner reached a district and sessions court, seeking a case against his sister’s husband and in laws, who according to him, had not only launched a blasphemy campaign on social media against his family members, but has also issued death threats.

The petitioner told the court that his sister tied the knot with her husband some years ago and the two moved to the US where they were leading a happily married life.

However, relations later turned sour between the couple and the husband threw his wife out of the house in 2014 after snatching important documents, including her passport.

The petitioner later made efforts to ensure that his sister landed safely back in Pakistan.

The husband, still holding a grudge, started threatening the family of dire consequences.

Later, these warnings turned to death threats and he ultimately launched a campaign on social media.

The petitioner said the accused started inciting people against the family by claiming the family had committed blasphemy.

He added friends and neighbours later started approaching the family, asking about these allegations. Asif stated they were put in a position where they had to convince people they had done no harm.

Asif said the accused had ruined their life and launched a smear campaign with two accomplices.

He prayed the court to ordered the FIA director to register a case under the relevant cyber crime laws. The judge sought comments from the director by July 25.


Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2017.


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