SARGODHA:Today 21 October 2015,a local trial court has granted bail to a Christian Exorcist who is in jail since 8 October under blasphemy law for having Quranic verses on a sword he used to place under his legs.
Naveed John’s counsels submitted and prayed to the court that a fake and false case FIR No.619/15 under section 295-A PPC had been registered against his client by local police. After hearing arguments from the both sides of defence and prosecution the court accepted the bail petition and ordered for his release.
A case was registered against the accused in Satellite Town police station under the blasphemy law, a section of which deals with outraging the religious feelings of citizens. Offenders can be imprisoned for up to 10 years under the law.
Recently an other Christian man Pervaiz Masih was granted bail from trial court of District and session judge,Kasur under blasphemy section 295C PPC and he was released from jail who was falsely accused of blasphemy.
Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender,who heads LEAD, welcomes the decision of the both respective trial courts but at the same time he has grave concern about the safety of these two Christians because they are not welcomed and considered innocence by religious extremists who wall chalked with slogan"the only punishment for blasphemy accused is that they must be beheaded".
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