Ashfaq Masih, Shagufta and Shafquat in Pakistan


More wicked blasphemy charges when a Muslim has a grudge against a Christian believer or believers  like Sadhu who refused to pay for a repair to his bike and an argument ensued. Ashfaq, who lives in Green town, Lahore was arrested and  will have to stand trial.

Pray he will be totally exonerated and the government will take steps to outlaw this evil practice.


PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi’s lawyer takes on case of couple

Asia Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Malook has taken up the case of Pakistani Christian couple Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel, sentenced to death for blasphemy in April 2014. They had been accused of sending blasphemous text messages to a Muslim cleric, despite the fact that the messages were in English and they are illiterate. Saiful Malook has stated, “They did not get a fair trialThey are innocent.”
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Pakistan – Eight Christian
prisoners of conscience still on
death row
At least eight Christians remain on death
row in Pakistan after being convicted
under the Islamic law of “blasphemy”.
The current prisoners under death
sentences include brothers Qaisar and
Amoon Ayub who were sentenced in
December 2018 and are waiting for an
appeal hearing date. Prisoners with High
Court appeals pending include Anwar
Kenneth, Sawan Masih, brothers Anjum
and Javed Naaz and Shafqat Emmanuel
Masih and his wife, Shagufta Kausar.
Zafar Bhatti, who has a sentence of life
imprisonment, also awaits an appeal
hearing date.
No Christians (or followers of any
other religion) have been executed for
“blasphemy” despite the mandatory
death sentence for “defiling the name
of” Muhammad, but many of them
have been languishing in prison for
years, according to statistics provided by
CLAAS (Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance
and Settlement), which is supported by
Barnabas Fund.
Christian mother-of-five Aasia Bibi
was released after spending eight years
on death row when the Supreme Court
acquitted her on 31 October 2018. It
remains uncertain if her release was a
“landmark ruling” that will improve the
plight of Pakistan’s Christian minority
– around 2% of the population, or
about 4 million.
The court freed Aasia Bibi because of
flimsy and contradictory evidence, while
simultaneously confirming that those
who break the “blasphemy” law should
be punished.
On 1 May 2019, police declared
a Christian man called Farhan Aziz
innocent of “blasphemy” and released
him after nine months in custody
(mentioned in June Prayer Focus). At
the time of Farhan’s arrest, an angry
mob armed with steel rods and petrol
cans congregated in a Christian area of
Gujranwala, but police intervened to

Published by Julian Kennedy

Bus pass carrying 67 year old disciple of Jesus Christ. Member and deacon of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena. Married to Marianna. Son Joseph at home. Two daughters Marie Isabel and Kirsty in England. Enjoys keeping fit (including indoor rowing), watching track and field, nature and nature documentries. Got hip replacement in April 2014 and major surgery to re-align right knee in November 2017. Blessed in the Covenant love of God in Christ. Retired Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor.

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