Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Asia » Pakistan: Christian Falsely Accused of Blasphemy Released After Five Years

christian news

Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Asia » Pakistan: Christian Falsely Accused of Blasphemy Released After Five Years

April 10, 2006 (Voice of the Martyrs) — VOM contacts in Pakistan reported on April 8th that Pakistani Christian, Parvez Masih, who was arrested and jailed under false blasphemy charges five years ago in April 2001, was released. After years of inhumane treatment, threats, beatings and trials, the headmaster of a private Christian middle school was found not guilty of violating Law 295C (blaspheming the prophet Mohammed).

When Parvez Masih's Iqbal Memorial School (comprised of 25 Christian and 125 Muslims students in 2004) was gaining influence in a village near Lahore, Pakistan early in 2001, the jealousy of a Muslim group running a rivaling school was roused. Shortly thereafter, some of Parvez' students asked him if it was true that Mohammed had a nine-year-old wife, to which he graciously mentioned her name, "Aisha," while telling them to find more information about her in the Koran.

Based on the testimonies of two of the questioning boys, Parvez was arrested on April 1, 2001 and accused of blaspheming Mohammed under Law 295C. He was taken to a nearby river and told to deny his faith in Jesus at gunpoint on this date, but he would not. The accusations are believed to have been instigated by a teacher of the rival school. While in prison, eight cellmates have fought with Parvez many times, and he has suffered three police beatings.

On December 7, 2003, local Muslim leaders made a public announcement for community members to assemble against Parvez at the December 9th courthouse hearing to pressure the judge into making a quick guilty verdict. About 60 appeared at the courtroom, wanting the judge to hand Parvez over if a speedy conviction was not decided, but police drove the radical Muslims away.

During the trial(s), a witness for Parvez' defense, Muhammad Yaqoob, was frightened by threats of the prosecuting party and withdrew his support from the case. The chief accuser in the case, Muhammad Ibraham, challenged another key witness, Muhammad Younas, "Why did you support the Christian?" to which he replied, "I only spoke the truth."

For years, The Voice of the Martyrs has been helping to support Parvez and his family, who have run the Christian school in his absence. The financial hardship due to Parvez' imprisonment has hurt the school, as attendance decreased from 150 in 2004 to 70 in 2005. VOM's monthly assistance to the Masih family went to help pay for Parvez' medicine, clothing and food expenses in jail, as well as for family members to travel to the court hearings and meet other financial needs.

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: Christian Falsely Accused of Blasphemy Released After Five Years