Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Asia » Pakistan » Pakistan Cleric Pledges To Withdraw Blasphemy Case

christian news

Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Asia » Pakistan » Pakistan Cleric Pledges To Withdraw Blasphemy Case

By Jawad Mazhar, Worthy News Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan

LAHORE, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)– An impoverished Christian family in Pakistan faced uncertainty Friday, August 13, after a Muslim cleric pledged to withdraw a case of blasphemy against them, officials familiar with the procedures said.

Yousaf Masih, his wife Bashiran Bibi and their son-in-law Zahid Masih were charged with blasphemy against Islam because they allegedly used a curtain containing verses of the Koran — deemed a holy book by Muslims — to separate their toilet in their dwelling in a slum area of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

"The deplorably impoverished Christian family of Model Colony used the curtain only because they could not afford a wooden or steel door for their bathroom," in Lahore's 'Model Colony' said Joseph Francis, who leads the Pakistan-based ‘Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement' (CLAAS).

After Muslims noticed the curtain a police case was filed against the Christians and thousands demanded their arrest, he added. Two Christians were briefly detained by police in recent days to "cool down" the crowd, before being released, Francis added.


Francis said he was cautiously optimistic that the blasphemy case would be dropped after he and other lawyers and Christian leaders held "peace talks" with the main plaintiff, Muslim cleric Muhammad Ibrahim, and other Muslims. "The Muslim plaintiff has pledged to withdraw the case and live in perfect peace with local Christians," he said.

The cleric could not immediately be reached for comment as to if and when he would withdraw the case. On Thursday, August 12, the accused Christian family members remained in hiding as documents for a potential trial were still not withdrawn from the local Factory Area Police Station, Christians said.

Pakistan, a heavily Islamic nation of 177 million people, is under international pressure to change controversial blasphemy legislation under which minority Christians have been detained across the country.

Under Pakistan's blasphemy laws a man can potentially face execution if his insult to Islam amounts to apostasy, or turning away from Islam, while a woman generally faces life imprisonment.

No Comment

Leave a Reply

Copyright 1999-2015 Worthy News. All rights reserved.

Fair Use Notice:This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

What is Worthy News?

Worthy News is an independent Christian news agency which reports news not covered by other outlets, on key developments in a rapidly changing world. Worthy News reaches both Christians and non-Christians around the globe and strives to be balanced and make a difference in these strategic times.

Worthy News. Reliable-Trustworthy-Cutting Edge

Recommended Links

  • Editor’s Blog

    • Historical Cyclical Patterns Emerging in Greece
      Greece defaulted on its IMF loan last night. It is interesting that it was actually the Greek Philosopher Plato who was the first to advocate the "credit" theory of money. His prized student, Aristotle, who […]
    • Reader Question: Where do you get that Sept. 23, 2015 is Jubilee (of Jerusalem)?
      First of all, it is important to know that God is not working on our Gregorian calendar but He is rather fulfilling His Word according to the calendar that He established, which is a 360 […]
    • Are you looking back? Remember Lot's Wife!
      As this shocking Supreme Court decision on Gay marriage settles into the nation, I'm reminded of the passage in Luke where Yeshua (Jesus) told us one of the final signs of His return. He said it […]
    • Supreme Court: Not One but THREE Strikes!
      Most are aware of the recent decision by the Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage, but many may not realize that this was only one of the history-making decisions reached this session. This past month, […]
    • The Water Breaking Moment?
      In Matthew 24, Yeshua (Jesus) makes an interesting correlation between the end of the age and a woman giving birth. [Matthew 24:8]. As the birth of a baby draws near, the birth pangs intensify, and […]
    • Prophetic Calendar for 2015
      As requested by many and after much prayer and research, I have compiled a list of significant events over which we must be praying in the coming months. By listing these events, let it be […]
  • Editor’s Picks

  • 1999-2015 Worthy Christian News » Pakistan Cleric Pledges To Withdraw Blasphemy Case