Police arrest Christian labourer for blasphemy

By AFP
Published: September 5, 2015
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PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Police said on Saturday they have arrested and imprisoned a Christian man accused of blasphemy in Punjab.

“A Christian labourer named Pervaiz Masih was arrested earlier this week and sent on judicial remand for passing derogatory remarks against the prophet of Islam,” a local police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Ali Hussain, a senior police official in the area, confirmed the incident.

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He said the accused, a labourer, was working with several Muslim colleagues when the incident occurred.

“They were working on a small construction site, one Muslim fellow was listening to religious speech while the accused was working,” he said, adding that when the accused told his colleague to get back to work they had an argument during which the Christian man made derogatory remarks about the prophet of Islam.

“We have registered a case under section 295C against the accused.”

The alleged incident occurred in Kasur district, around 54 kilometres (34 miles) southeast of Lahore.

Bonded labourer Shehzad Masih and his pregnant wife Shama Bibi were beaten by a mob of 1,500 people then thrown into a furnace last year in a crazed reaction to rumours they had thrown pages of the holy book into the garbage.

Christians, who make up around 1.6 percent of the country’s 200 million people, are often discriminated against and marginalised.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • NBM
    Sep 5, 2015 - 6:51PM

    Pakistan should repeal this horrible, ungodly blasphemy law. Grow UP!Recommend

  • Baaji
    Sep 5, 2015 - 6:56PM

    Reading from the news, this looks like a personal vendetta, and blasphemy was used to settle the score. Shame on the accuser and the justice system. Hope he gets real justice.Recommend

  • Vivek
    Sep 6, 2015 - 12:43AM

    You people will never learn – so only foreign cos not investing in your countryRecommend

  • Kfaisal
    Sep 6, 2015 - 1:55AM

    Well, he will get asylum somewhere and lead a better life. This law definitely needs to be repealed. It is unislamic, unethical and only used to settle scores.Recommend

  • xenia
    Sep 6, 2015 - 2:01AM

    It’s stupid Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 6, 2015 - 3:12AM

    Europe should ask all the Pakistanis to convert before they give them asylum.Recommend

  • Brar
    Sep 6, 2015 - 6:51AM

    If a M,uslim makes a derogatory remarks against Christ will similar action taken against that man if no then all miniorities are second class citizens or slaves.Recommend

  • JSM
    Sep 6, 2015 - 7:10AM

    When will Pervaiz Masih be hanged?Recommend

  • rohit950723
    Sep 6, 2015 - 9:27AM

    And muslims are migrating to secular countries like Hungry, Germany etc,,Recommend

  • Hari Om
    Sep 6, 2015 - 9:51AM

    The horror faced by Non-Muslims of being relegated to third class status of Dhimmi in a country governed by oppressive Islamic religion mandated Shariah law like Pakistan, is on ghastly display yet again. India must follow the example set by herself to remove legalised discrimination under South Africa’s Apartheid Law and push for global boycott of countries following Islamic Shariah Law which legalises discrimination against Non-Muslims.Recommend

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