Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Police arrests Christian over alleged blasphemy charges

LAHORE:Police arrests a Christian in alleged blasphemy case. Blasphemy law has been invoked against the Christian respondent identified as Pastor Babu Shehbaz son of Vero Masih of Kamaha Lahore. Shehbaz had been accused of allegedly desecrating holy Quran.

In this regard, an FIR no 1906/16 has been registered in Nashtar Police Station in Lahore. Media reported today, Tuesday, January 3. Following the registration of the FIR, police arrested Shehbaz and detained him. Section 295/B of Pakistan Penal Code has been invoked against him; if convicted he will no doubt face lifetime imprisonment.

In keeping with details, respondent Babu Shehbaz’s name was found written on the pages of the Holy Quran. This copy of the Holy Quran was found on the streets near a Christian neighborhood in Kamahan village. The complainant in this case Haji Nadeem reported the incident to police and got an FIR registered against Babu Shehbaz.

Nevertheless, the complainant Haji Nadeem claims that he has not seen Shehbaz desecrating the holy Quran. What is more, there is no other eye witness in this case who has seen Shehbaz committing the alleged crime. Haji Nadeem told the police that neither he nor anyone else saw Shehbaz desecrating the pages of the Holy Quran. The complainant also maintained that in the light of lack of eye witnesses, he was unsure that Shehbaz had really committed the crime.Complainant claims that there was possibility that the opponents of Babu Shehbaz, might have plotted the conspiracy against him.

"Blasphemy laws is very sensitive issue and people use it for their personal vendetta against religious minorities and religious extremists have issued 'Fatwa' religious decree that the supporters of the blasphemy accused and any person who provides any kind of assistance to the blasphemy accused would be treated and punished as 'blasphemer' and they claim it is according to Islamic laws",Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights defender,head of LEAD.

He further stated that there has registered blasphemy case in Police Station Islampura,Lahore against unknown person on the usb found in Police in which Shaan Taseer,son of slain Governer Punjab,wishing merry Christmas and asking for prayers for Asia Bibi and Nabeel Masih.Some Clerics have issued Fatwa against him and declared him blasphemer and submitting applications in different police stations of Punjab to register case against him under section 295 C,PPC.

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