Pakistani Christians Get 25 Years For Touching Quran.

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  1. Rahul Singh

    Rahul Singh Senior Member Senior Member

    Mar 30, 2009
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    Pakistani Christians Get 25 Years For Touching Quran

    Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi are convicted on the basis of the blasphemy law. In January, they were released on bail; now they are in two separate prison facilities. Extremist fringe put pressure, and perhaps corrupted police to find the right evidence to justify the conviction.

    A court in Kasur district, Punjab, convicted a Christian couple, Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi, to 25 years in prison. According to the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), judge Ajmal Hussein convicted the couple for touching the Qur‘an without washing their hands.

    Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi were released on bail last January, but were re-arrested after the judge ruled against them. The husband was locked up in Kasur’s district prison; the wife was sent to the women’s prison in Multan. Both have started serving 25 years behind bars.

    CLAAS, an association that fights for the rights of the poor and marginalised, said that the couple was accused of “contaminating” the Qur‘an when they touched it “without washing their hands”.

    The incident, which dates back to December 2008, unleashed the fury of Muslim extremists who put pressure on police. Unconfirmed reports suggest that extremists paid off police agents to discover “new evidence” to justify the sentence.

    At the end of the police investigation, husband and wife were charged with blasphemy.
    The blasphemy law is the harshest tool for religious repression available in Pakistan. It was adopted in 1986 by then dictator Zia ul-Haq to protect Islam and its prophet, Muhammad, from attacks and insults.

    In fact, it is actually comprised of sections 295-B and 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which respectively punish with life in prison anyone who defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Qur‘an, and imposes the death penalty on anyone who defiles the name of the Prophet Muhammad.

    In the last two months, there were two more convictions against Christians in Pakistan.

    On 11 January, a court in Faisalabad sentenced Imran Masih, a 26-year-old Christian man, to life imprisonment for insulting and desecrating the Koran. He was accused of deliberately burning Qur‘anic verses and an Arabic book in order “foment interfaith hatred and hurt the feelings of Muslims.”

    On 25 February, a court in Karachi sentenced Qamar David, also a Christian, to life imprisonment for hurting the religious feelings of Muslims when he sent blasphemous SMS.

    CLAAS announced that it was filing an appeal with the High Court in Lahore to have the 25-year sentence against Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi overturned.
  3. Taimur Kashmiri

    Taimur Kashmiri New Member

    Mar 15, 2010
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    the anti-blasphemy laws are very out-dated

    gradually they will hopefully not be implemented anywhere else. Media has had fantastic impact in Pakistan -- and it has put pressure on government to ensure such incidents dont take place. Most Pakistanis are very tolerant and moderate in their views. There have been untoward incidents involving our valued minority non-Muslim citizens, and Inshallah such incidents will no longer take place if effective measures are taken by Government of Quaid-e-Azam's Pakistan.
  4. johnee

    johnee Elite Member Elite Member

    Apr 1, 2009
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    Most intelligent christian in Pakistan kaun? MOHAMMAD Yusuf. He converted to Islam and lo, he became a captain, purely coincidental. >>>>>>

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