Thursday, 28 November 2013

After overturning blasphemy Conviction of Younis Masih,Death Sentence

LAHORE: Many were become delighted after the announcement that Pakistani Christian Younis Masih was released on appeal by Lahore High Court Lahore.There are some organisations who announced and claimed that their partners were relocating him some unspecified location to save his life.
He was sentenced to death by a judge in Lahore on May 30, 2007. The appeal was filed and his case was re-opened in September 2012.

Younis Masih, who had languished in jail since his arrest on 10 September,2005, was declared innocent by Lahore High Court by the DB of Justice Khaja Amtiaz Ahmed and Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan. 
Masih had  suffered a heart attack on 8 January ,2013 and he is still heart patient.

Today,28 November,2013,Masih came to see Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,National Director LEAD and told about the days which he spent after his release from jail.

"I was very welcomed by some persons after my release from jail but keeping me two weeks in their custody,then discarded and threw me as tissue paper in dustbin",shared Masih.

"I have four Children and I have no job,and no one is supporting me.I am living in fear of attacks and do not know when someone will kill me",said Masih.

"He is living with us and we are also under threats and many threatening letters on our names,we have received by our owner of house",told Babu brother of Masih.

"I have heard that Rimsha Masih had been relocated to Canada but why no one is caring about my life.I am not able to do any job among Muslims and I always remained in disguise and I do not show and tell any one that I am Youmis Masih.I have lost my identity too",said Masih.

Living in a land of 97% Muslims,the Christians in Pakistan have the fear of persecution all the time in the guise of threats,attacks, discrimination and hatred but one intimidation that hovers on them every time is the blasphemy laws.The lives of blasphemy accused always under hanging sword during trial or in jail or even after release free from the jail.

Asia Bibi,the Christian mother of 5, convicted under the law of blasphemy in 2010,remains on death row in Pakistan and  a cleric in Peshawar had offered a reward of 5,000 euro to anyone who kills the mother of five.
For now, the uphill struggle continues,the Pakistani court has yet to take up her appeal against the blasphemy conviction and death sentence.

“We are hoping for the best for Asia Bibi. However, her life will be in danger anyways, as soldiers will try to kill her if she is freed”,said Gill."We also have the examples of two brothers, Rashid Emmanuel and Sajid Masih Emmanuel, both Christians accused of blasphemy, killed in cold-blood in front of the Court of Faisalabad, during their hearings, in July 2010."

According to  sources , Asia Bibi will face threats in Multan Jail or will be forced to convert to Islam under pressure as one Christian who visited her in Sheikhupura jail in 2011; he found Islamic books in her cell about which she told the visitor that jail authorities are teaching her to read.

In the year of  2011,two high profile political figures were assassinated Mr.Salman Taseer  by his bodyguard for voicing his opinion on blasphemy law and supporting Asia Bibi and Mr.Shahbaz Bhatti, federal minister for minority affairs by some unknown persons after getting many threats of killing.

We appeal to our brothers and sisters to pray for Younis Masih 's safety and his safe relocation.We appeal to pray for all who are suffering in different Pakistani jails under allegation of blasphemy laws.Pray for their counsels that they will honestly represent these accused without taking wrong directions from the persons who have their own vested interests.Pray God will give them wisdom and courage to plead and well argue their cases in courts.

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