Blasphemy accusations levelled against a Christian woman proved false

A Christian woman namely Azra Bibi escapes false blasphemy accusations after being deceptively accused of burning pages of Holy Quran. On October 28, a torn and partially burned copy of the Islamic sacred book was found in a house next to Azra Bibi's house. Respondent's husband while detailing the incident said that his wife Azra Bibi saw smoke rising from the house next to theirs. This house was abandoned and is owned by two Muslims Anwar Khan and Irfan Khan. "Few pages of the holy Quran were found the courtyard of the house owned by Anwar Khan Lodhi. The house is lying vacant for about two or three months. On further search, the Holy Quran was found in the washroom with a ewer on it; an unidentified person has committed desecration," Pervaiz Masih, Azra's husband stated. He said that by the evening clerics had gathered at the scene and the police was also called. An FIR was also registered at the Manawala Polcie Station. He further said that one of the clerics said that the Christian family living next door should also be involved in the investigations and their house must be searched.He continued to state: "Two days later, an unidentified person called me on the phone and said that he was the 'in-charge of the police station' and that a case had been registered against me. It really unnerved me and I told my brother that a case has been lodged but I had no courage to go to the police station. But then I thought that as none of us was there [at the time], so no crime could be attributed to us.

I work as a sweeper in a bank and there are cameras etc. for verification of my presence there. Also, my wife works as a cleaner in a nearby maternity hospital. When she came home, the fire was already lit up," he stated. "I asked my wife to request her employer, a very influential person in the area, to check with the police station if we were named in the First Information Report. Her employer confirmed that the case was registered against unknown persons and that our family did not need to flee from the area or fear any backlash. Three days later a local meeting was called to ascertain who committed the crime. In that meeting one Muslim family assured the participants that they would take an oath, while placing their hands on the heads of their children, as a sign of complete trust in us. Then Abu Obaid, a famous local lawyer, gave full guarantee that Christians in the area were not involved and if ever proved, he could stand accused of the crime. Similarly, Irfan Khan, brother of Anwar Khan, assured the gathering that Christians were not involved. Irfan Khan said that they are living with us for the last 40 years and they haven't done ever anything like this," he narrated.

Quetta: Blasphemy accusation rendered invalid against a juvenile Christian respondent

Blasphemy accusations against an 8-years-old Christian boy declared null and void, as a consequence of timely efforts from Christian leaders. The Christian boy and his mother were accused of burning pages of the holy Quran – the Islamic holy book.In like with details disseminated, an 8-years-old Christian boy and his mother were accused of committing blasphemy by burning pages of the holy Quran. The incident purportedly took place on October 20, Thursday. Soon after the accusations were brought against the Christians, police had hooked both of them. The incident had spread terror among the local Christians. While the Christian boy and is mother remained behind the bars, local Christian leader including JUIF's Member of National Assembly Asiya Nasir in collaboration with the Member of Provincial Assembly Balochistan William Barkat and Shahzad Kundan started jostling for their release. The matter was resolved on the next day October 21, Friday when the local body of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) played a pivotal role in retrieving the Christian mother and son. The blasphemy accusations were quashed while an FIR no. 167 was filed against unknown persons. Moreover communal clashes were also kept at bay owing to the efficacious efforts from the Christian leaders as well as the local Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) leaders.

Asia Bibi's blasphemy row: Case adjourned as judge refuses to hear the appeal

Asia Bibi's appeal case has been adjourned as a judge refused to hear the case for Asia Bibi. The judge maintained that he cannot be part a crucial case, which means the three-member bench is dismissed. A new bench will be established in order to hear the case on next hearing. The bench also remarked that the appeal petition against Asia Bibi's death sentence will be sent to the Chief Justice of Pakistan who will decide course of action regarding this case. In line with details, Justice Iqbal Hameed member of the Supreme Court bench refused to hear the case maintaining that he also heard the high profile case of assignation of Salman Taseer therefore, he will not hear Asia Bibi's case. The case was adjourned until unspecified date. This bench was headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar who declared that Justice Iqbal Hameed will not hear the case. This is the first instance when the apex court has heard a case involving Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, while Asia Bibi is the first female respondent to have been awarded capital punishment under this law. Asia Bibi's defense counsel had filed a petition against her death sentence in January 2015 – calling for dissolution of the ruling. In July, 2015 a Supreme Court bench had heard the case and temporarily halted implementation of her death sentence. Asia Bibi's defense counsel Advocate Saif ul Malook, maintained that the facts were not kept in view while deciding the case. In her petition, it was claimed that the Sessions court had not born the facts and lack of substantial evidence before ruling. In 2010, a court in district Nankana awarded her capital punishment, which was later upheld by the a two-member bench of Lahore High Court in 2014.In 2009, blasphemy accusations were heaped upon the Christian woman by her fellow workers following a row over a cup of water.

PPP leader Shazia Marri raises the issue of Christian teenager maliciously enmeshed in blasphemy accusations

Pakistan Peoples Party's lawmaker Shazia Marri has raised the issue of a Christian teenager fallaciously accused of committing blasphemy. Justice staggers for 16-years-old, Christian teenager Nabeel Masih who is currently behind the bars as the draconian law was invoked against him. Police eyes inclusion of cyber-crime charges in the charge sheet against him. PPP's Shazia Marri is the first politician from the country to have raised her voice over the injustice against the Christian lad. During the session of National Assembly, she informed the House about the incident in Chak 66, District Kasur Punjab province. She urged for justice, as she took firm stance over the issue. Nabeel Masih son of Amanat Masih resident of Chak 66, Bhai Pheru, District Kasur, was fallaciously accused of posting a picture of Khana-e-Kaaba on Facebook which was deemed blasphemous by the complainant. Akhtar Ali; the complainant claimed that he had seen a post on Nabeel Masih's Facebook timeline; which was derogatory towards an Islamic sacred place. He maintained that Nabeel had blasphemed by posting a picture of Khana-e-Kaaba in a derogatory manner therefore; he has hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. Soon after the accusations were brought against him, police hooked the youngster which they claim to be protective custody. Thus far, police have not made any significant progress in the interrogatory process. A bail petition was filed in a Sessions court in Pattoki, as he has been charged under Section 295-A which is bailable. Nabeel's bail application hearing was scheduled on October 1, Saturday nonetheless the court adjourned the proceedings after police requested for some additional time as they had not completed the Chalan (charge sheet) against Nabeel. His next court hearing is scheduled on October 8.

Precariously imperilled: Cybercrime charges to be brought against Christian teenager accused of blasphemy

Asia Bibi's appeal case has been adjourned as a judge refused to hear the case for Asia Bibi. The judge maintained that he cannot be part a crucial case, which means the three-member bench is dismissed. A new bench will be established in order to hear the case on next hearing. The bench also remarked that the appeal petition against Asia Bibi's death sentence will be sent to the Chief Justice of Pakistan who will decide course of action regarding this case. In line with details, Justice Iqbal Hameed member of the Supreme Court bench refused to hear the case maintaining that he also heard the high profile case of assignation of Salman Taseer therefore, he will not hear Asia Bibi's case. The case was adjourned until unspecified date. This bench was headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar who declared that Justice Iqbal Hameed will not hear the case. This is the first instance when the apex court has heard a case involving Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, while Asia Bibi is the first female respondent to have been awarded capital punishment under this law. Asia Bibi's defense counsel had filed a petition against her death sentence in January 2015 – calling for dissolution of the ruling. In July, 2015 a Supreme Court bench had heard the case and temporarily halted implementation of her death sentence. Asia Bibi's defense counsel Advocate Saif ul Malook, maintained that the facts were not kept in view while deciding the case. In her petition, it was claimed that the Sessions court had not born the facts and lack of substantial evidence before ruling. In 2010, a court in district Nankana awarded her capital punishment, which was later upheld by the a two-member bench of Lahore High Court in 2014.In 2009, blasphemy accusations were heaped upon the Christian woman by her fellow workers following a row over a cup of water.

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