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Recent cases of Christian prisoners in Pakistan

The 16 year old Christian Nabeel Masih from the Pakistani village of Chak 66, Bhai Pheru, in the district of the city of Kasur / Punjab, has been in custody since September 18, 2016 on charges of blasphemy. He faces between ten years and life imprisonment for allegedly sharing a manipulated picture of the Muslims holiest site, the Kaaba in Mecca, on Facebook. In order not to be lynched, the rest of the family had to go into hiding.
(Source: idea: Prisoner of the Month October 2016)

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The Christ Naveed Masih from Sargodha, Punjab Province, charged with blasphemy. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment or even the death penalty.
According to ISHR, many people sought pastoral advice from the 24-year-old, and even Muslims asked him to pray for them. This made local security guards aware of him. They demanded some kind of monthly protection money from him and threatened to take action against him. When he refused to pay, the police set a trap for him. A caller asked for help and they both agreed on a meeting point. Police arrested the Christian there in early October. Meanwhile, security forces ransacked his home and confiscated an antique sword. It was a thank you gift from a Muslim who had come to see the Christian because of spiritual needs. Quotes from the Koran are engraved on the sword. According to ISHR, they provided the corrupt police officers with the pretext to arrest Naveed Masih for blasphemy. (Sources: idea: Prisoner of the Month December 2015, ISHR working group "Religious Freedom Worldwide")

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The brick factory worker from the Punjab province, father of four children between the ages of seven months and nine years, has been in prison since September 2, 2015. The Christian is accused of offending the Koran. Pervaiz Masih had been awarded the contract to deliver sand for a house construction. Several competitors argued with him about this order. Then they filed a complaint in mid-August for violating Blasphemy Section 295 C of the Pakistani Criminal Code. If a guilty verdict is found, the accused can be punished with death or life imprisonment. Pervaiz Masih's family and his Christian neighbors are also in grave danger because villagers are said to have threatened to burn the Christians on the street.
(Source: idea: Prisoner of the Month October 2015)

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Good news: According to the ISHR, Pervaiz Masih was released from prison on 10.10.2015 on bail. It is a very rare case in Pakistani history where the first court instance has already approved a defense application for bail. The allegations against Pervaiz Masih have not yet been dropped, so that there is likely to be a court case, the outcome of which is uncertain. So we should continue to stand up for him. (Source: ISHR, Persecuted Christians Current Issue 3, 2015)

The police arrested the day laborer on June 19, 2009 in the village of Itanwali (Punjab Province), which is 75 kilometers west of the metropolis of Lahore. The workers on the farm of the Muslim landowner Muhammad Idrees were accused by three Muslim work colleagues of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. The background was apparently a personal argument between her and the other women over drinking water at a well. As before, her colleagues demanded that Bibi switch to Islam; otherwise they would not be able to drink their water. An unbeliever had fetched it, which is why it was "unclean". A heated discussion broke out, but it ended at some point.
A few days later, the mob, together with Islamic clergy, stood in front of the family door, dragged Bibi along and locked her up. The punishment that had meanwhile been hatched was announced over the loudspeaker of the village mosque: one should paint her face black and lead her through the village on a donkey. "For their own safety," the police took them to prison beforehand.
Christian groups have now asked the authorities to let the case rest. The police said they had no choice and that the mullahs wanted to take the case to court. A ministry spokesman is quoted as saying: “The police were under pressure from the Muslim mob. They demanded that Asia be killed because she had spoken badly about the prophet. "
After a year and a half in dungeon and hearings and decisions postponed several times sentencede she the Lahore Supreme Court on November 8, 2010 for death on the line as well as a penalty payment of 30 monthly salaries.
Asia Bibi has appealed the death sentence to the Lahore Supreme Court. On October 16, 2014, the Punjab Province Supreme Court in Lahore upheld Asia Bibi's death sentence. When it came to its verdict, the court was under massive pressure from Islamists, who in the past had threatened judges and lawyers with death in blasphemy proceedings. Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab Province, and Shabaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities, campaigned for Asia Bibi and were therefore murdered.

On July 22, 2015, the Supreme Court of Pakistan temporarily overturned Asia Bibi's death sentence due to inconsistencies in the evidence and granted an appeal. The judgment from the lower court was overturned in its entirety. The 50-year-old mother of five could now leave the prison ... But despite the adverse conditions and in view of the existing death threats, she decided to stay in Multan prison until the next trial because that is where her life can be best protected at the moment . Radical Islamists are said to have put almost $ 5,000 in bounty on Asia Bibi. She is said to be murdered whether or not she is released from prison.
(Sources: HMK newsletter of July 27, 2015, message from CitizenGo of July 29, 2015)

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On April 4, 2014 were the Christian Shafqat Emmanuel (43 years) and his wife Shagufta Kausar (38 years old) from Toba Tek Singh, Punjab Province, sentenced to death in an unfair trial for blasphemy. They are alleged to have sent a text message from their cell phone that violated the reputation of the Prophet Mohammed. The couple has only rudimentary reading and writing skills, so it is questionable whether they could have written such SMS at all. The mobile phone in question was also reported as stolen by Shagufta to the police a month earlier, and Emmanuel's "confession" was obtained under torture in front of his wife and four children (ages 5, 7, 10 and 13).
(Source: HMK, Help for Persecuted Christians, May 9, 2014; Signs of Hope, June 2014; CSI-Switzerland, May 17, 2014, ISHR: For Human Rights No. 6 2014)

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In 2012 Saira Khokhar, Sajid Masih, Pastor Joshua and Saleem Masih wrongly accused of blasphemy. (Source: ISHR, For Human Rights, August 2013)

She became a Christian on February 28, 2012 Shamim Bibi from Khichiwala, mother of a five-month-old blasphemy infant and imprisoned. Her neighbors in the Fort Abbas neighborhood had reported her. According to information provided by Shamim Bibi's brother and brother-in-law, close relatives had massively pressured the woman to convert to Islam four days before the arrest. The police, however, report that a local imam learned from two of their neighbors that Bibi had spoken disparagingly about the Prophet Mohammed in the courtyard of their house. However, the report did not provide any details about their precise statements. According to Bibi's brother-in-law, one of the two ear witnesses later denied having heard anything that would substantiate the charge against blasphemy. The investigating police officer Urfan Ullah also admitted that one of the two witnesses had actually admitted that he had not been at the scene of the "crime". There are many indications that the blasphemy accusation is just an excuse to put the young woman in prison for not wanting to convert to Islam. However, she is still being held and may face the death penalty if convicted.
News of the arrest quickly spread throughout the village; numerous residents besieged their house and loudly demanded a "severe punishment of the unbelievers".(Source: Signs of Hope, May 2012)

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The 25 year old has been a Christian since December 5th, 2011 Khurram Masih from Qazi, Lahore area. After the work was done, the construction worker is said to have burned a Koran together with scraps of paper in the residence of his client Abdul Majed, who is based in Lahore. It is to be feared that the charges against Khurram Masih under Section 295B of Pakistani criminal law were made out of aversion to non-Muslims. Khurram is also said to have been beaten by the police and left without food for several days.
When he appeared before the Lahore Supreme Court on January 27, 2012, the judge requested a re-investigation and adjourned the hearing. He is still in custody in Lahore. (Source: ISHR, For Human Rights No. 2, February 2012)

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Agnes Bibi, 52, a distinguished woman on a Faisalabad County councilor, had assisted another woman in a dispute over property. This property was occupied by two members of a "land mafia". Idress Gujar, political opponent of Agnes Bibi in the local council, made common cause with the two Mafiosi "to teach a Christian woman who ran along" and accused Agnes Bibi of blasphemy. On February 6, 2011, the police arrested Agnes Bibi. Proceedings according to §295A were opened before the criminal court.
Agnes Bibi suffered from hepatitis C before imprisonment, in the meantime she has intestinal ulcers and has also become mentally ill.(Source: ISHR, For Human Rights, November 2011)

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Babar Masih, a nearly 25-year-old Christian from Chichawatni, a small village in the Indian province of Punjab, has been suffering from a mental illness for seven years that has led to spontaneous outbursts of anger and abusive speech. A fact that his brother also confirmed to the authorities. Nevertheless, the young man is charged with "violating religious feelings". During a seizure, according to Khurram Shehzad Maan, a lawyer for the European Center for Law and Justice in Pakistan, Babar yelled at the stars. This was interpreted by radical Muslims as an insult to the Prophet Mohammed. Although the police were aware that Babar Masih had a mental illness, he was not sent to a mental hospital but to a detention center. The only three Christian families in the small town, who are also related to Baba, had to leave their homes at times for fear of retaliation. (Source: CSI Austria June 2011)

The 40 year old Christian Arif Masih was arrested on April 5, 2011 for blasphemy and is in mortal danger. (Source: Signs of Hope May 2011)

Only recently became a Christian Agnes Nuggo Arrested in Faisalabad and charged with blasphemy law. The 50-year-old woman was accused by her Muslim neighbors of insulting the Prophet Mohammed and Islam after a dispute over property. Agnes Nuggo protests her innocence and states that the allegations are fictitious. One can assume that it is a private act of revenge.(Source: Signs of Hope April 2011)

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The 85 year old Christian Rehmat Masih was arrested six months ago for alleged blasphemy. In order to get a piece of land owned by Rehmat, two Muslim brothers claimed that the old man had made derogatory comments about the prophet Mohammed. (Source: CSI December 2010)

The 25 year old Imran Ghafoor from Faisalabad is also in jail for alleged blasphemy. The dealer and shopkeeper had burned rubbish one morning and then left his shop unsuspecting. When he returned, an angry crowd had gathered outside his shop. When they saw him, they beat him and a couple of strong men dragged the surprised man to the police station. There Imran learned that his Muslim neighbor Haji Liaqat had claimed that there was a document with verses from the Koran in the incinerated garbage. After Imran received a 25-year prison sentence for this, his family was left with nothing. Imran's five siblings also have to fear for their lives. (Source: CSI December 2010)

The police in Ailpur have the Christian woman Rubina Bibi arrested and tortured for allegedly blasphemous statements against the Prophet Mohammed. The arrest was also kept secret to prevent human rights groups from becoming involved. When the responsible All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) coordinator, Khalid Gill, inquired about the woman, he was told that there had been no named arrest. A Muslim woman had accused the Christians of blasphemy.
The police persistently refuse to provide information to human rights groups. Compass Direkt declared the case closed and said that no information would be given to private individuals or news agencies.
For Rubina Bibi, this charge is fatal. In contrast to blasphemy against the Koran, where the maximum sentence is life imprisonment, blasphemy against the Prophet or against Allah can be punished with death.
Christian groups believe that the reason for the accusation lies in a dispute between Rubina Bibi and the Muslim woman.

On February 25, 2009, a Karachi court sentenced the Christian Qamar David also to 25 years in prison and a $ 1,170 fine for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages in May 2006. David's attorney told Compass that the conviction was unfounded. Sixteen witnesses said at the trial that it was not David but the Islamic owner of the cell phone, Munawar Ahmad, through which they received the news, who were guilty.
On March 15, 2011, Qamar David died in Karachi Central Prison. The prison authorities claim he died of heart failure. However, his family is convinced that the prisoner was murdered.

On January 11, 2010, a court in the metropolis of Faisalabad sentenced the 26 year old Christian Imran Masih life imprisonment for alleged blasphemy. Imran runs a fruit shop in Hajweri Town, a suburb of Faisalabad. When he was cleaning his shop on July 1, 2009 and burning superfluous papers, the Muslim owner of a neighboring shop began to shout loudly that Imran had set fire to pages of the Koran and that the unbeliever should be killed. As a result, hurried Muslims beat the 26-year-old severely, who was then saved from death by the arrest by the police who had arrived. Imran reassured representatives of Christian human rights organizations who visited him in prison in Faisalabad that under no circumstances had he burned any pages of the Koran. Nonetheless, in his judgment, the judge explained that the accused had burned pages from the Koran and an Arabic book "to arouse religious hatred and hurt the feelings of Muslims."

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On September 15, 2009 became the Christian youth Robert Fanish Mashi Found hanged in a prison cell in Jethike, Sialkot (Punjab). According to the police, it was a suicide. The young man had been arrested a few days earlier for alleged blasphemy. Obvious signs of torture and numerous injuries refute the official suicide version.

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On August 8, 2009, the daughter of a neighbor asked the 18-year-oldSafian Masihto bring her various things from a store. He refused and the girl slapped him on the face. Then Safian made a fatal mistake: in an immediate reaction, he hit back, and shortly afterwards the families of the two youths were embroiled in an argument. But the girl's family did not stop at a debate, but spread the word that Safian wanted to rape her. Shortly thereafter, a group of Muslims ambushed Safian, beat him badly, and finally handed him over to the police, where he was reported at large.

Two days later, however, the Muslims changed their story.They suddenly said that Safian had torn pages from an edition of the Koran belonging to the girl. After the accusation got around, Safian was attacked again by Muslims and beaten until he confirmed the fabricated blasphemy. He was then taken to the police again, where an angry mob demanded his death on August 14, 2009. Suddenly, Safian was no longer charged with rape, but with blasphemy.

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Hector Aleem, Director of the Pakistani human rights organization Peace Worldwide, has been innocent in Adiala Prison in Rawalpindi since February 2, 2009. He had campaigned for the interests of the Christian minority, most recently mediated in a property dispute over a church in Islamabad. (The site of the church, which is threatened with demolition, is claimed by the urban development authority.)
On January 22nd, 2009, police forces broke into Hector Aleem's house at 1.30 a.m., got him out of bed, abused and abused his wife and children, destroyed Christian pictures, devastated the rooms, took valuables with them and led the 55-year-old away inappropriately dressed .
The militant Islamic organization Tehrik-e-Sunat had charged him with allegedly blasphemous SMS messages. By his own account, however, Hector Aleem never uses text messages.
His secretary Basharat Khoker was arrested and tortured on February 2.
Although the judge publicly stated that he believed Aleem to be innocent and even Muslims had sworn affidavits for Aleem, the judge rejected the bail request on April 27 after Mullas openly threatened the judge's murder if he was not in the court Judge your senses.
Aleem's wife and four children are now at friends' homes because of the threat posed by Islamic clerics.

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On May 11, 2009, the local police opened an investigation against the pastors working in Youngsnabad Hafeez Gill, Fahim John, Maksud Ulkaq, against a catechist of the Catholic Church who only as Saqab was identified and against the pastors working in Martinpur Shahazad Kamarul-Zaman, Mumbarab Kuhram, Hanuk Daniel, Amar Sohail and another pastor who was not named in the police report. Police said the Christians used their loudspeakers to broadcast messages that offend Islam. In fact, they had used the loudspeakers to broadcast prayers and sermons from their churches in their Christian-majority towns on Easter Sunday 2009. They wanted to help especially those villagers who were unable to attend the church service. This is common practice in some Christian localities. According to the chairman of a Christian youth organization in Youngsnabad, Nasir Bahatti, the church had permission to broadcast the services over loudspeakers. The arrests therefore seem to be more religiously motivated. In addition, when the pastors from Youngsnabad were arrested on May 16 on the way to the police station, they were offered the option of releasing them against payment of a bribe, but the clergy refused. They were released after four and a half hours because of strong protests by the Christian population. Nevertheless, everyone continues to face imprisonment.

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On February 3, 2009 Pastor Shafique, his younger brotherand their father detained in northeastern Punjab Province on alleged blasphemy. They are being held at Baddomehli Police Station, Narowal District, approximately 100 km from Lahore. A few days earlier, students from the state school in Narowal had accused Pastor Shafique's younger brother of carrying a pamphlet critical of Islam with him in his pocket. The students then beat him up. The incident was reported by the heads of the college union to the appropriate police station, which arrested the three Christians.

The Pakistani Christian Iqbal Masih is a missionary. He traveled to share the good news of Christ. But Muslims who did not like a contact reported him to the police. Soon afterwards, the 37-year-old son of Iqbal, Arshad Masih, arrested in Hajipura on December 28, 2008 and charged with robbery. The other defendants were released in exchange for a large bribe; Iqbal Masih could not and would not pay for it (the police invited him to do so).
The plaintiff later stated that Arshad was not involved in the crime. But before the news that would have meant his release reached the prison, he was transferred to Sialkot on another charge of robbery "against unknown persons".
The officers tortured Arshad for several days. They hung him up by his feet and broke his spine with blows. He was later threatened with death if he was sued by the torturers. Because he could not stand, the court sent him to the hospital to be examined.
The development organization CDI, which campaigns for Arshad, could not prevent him from being brought back to prison on June 20 after a stay in Lahore hospital - chained to bed for criminal proceedings.
Arshad Masih is married and has three children. Because he can no longer pay the school fees for them, they had to leave school. According to the CDI, his wife cannot read or write.

The 25 year old became a Christian on June 29, 2002 Augustine Ashiq "Kingri" Masih found guilty of defamation of the Prophet Muhammad from Sherabad and sentenced to death by the Faisalabad District Court.

He converted to Islam in 1998 to marry a Muslim girl. According to Islamic family law, a Muslim woman can only marry one Muslim. But even after converting to Islam, he was not allowed to marry the girl, which is why he converted to Christianity again a few months later. While every citizen is free to choose his or her religion under Pakistani law, Muslims who do so are viewed as apostates and are exposed to great social pressure.

Augustine Ashiq "Kingri" Masih was then charged with blasphemy on May 4, 2000 and imprisoned. He had been reported by Rana Mohammed Nisar, a resident of Sherabad, for allegedly saying in the presence of 4 witnesses that he had converted to Islam in order to commit adultery with Muslim girls. He also said: "Your prophet was also very happy to do this". Nisar then beat Kingri Masih, with several Christians hurrying to help and beat Nisar so that he was ready for hospital. Muslims and Christians then threw stones at each other.

In addition to the death penalty now imposed, the court fined 50,000 rupees (US $ 830). The only hope left for Kingri Masih is that the Faisalabad Supreme Court will overturn the sentence in order to avoid death by hanging.

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On May 9, 2007, the 84 year old car dealer became in Samanabad near Lahore Walther Fazal Khan Charged with blasphemy under Section 295 B of the Pakistani Criminal Code. He faces life imprisonment. Khan had sold land to some Muslims for 2.5 million rupees and later offered more land for 12.4 million rupees. After he turned down the bid of 8 million rupees from potential buyers, his Muslim employee Raja Riaz accused him of burning pages of the Koran. Possible motive for this false claim by the chauffeur: He wanted to steal property from his employer. When many Muslims - instigated by radicals - gathered in front of Khan's house, Khan was arrested by local police without further investigation. The 86 year old Wife Khan was forced to convert to Islam by force, Khan's property declared a Koran school. It is questionable whether Walter Khan can be released on bail.
The defendant's family and acquaintances viewed the verdict from the outset as a conspiracy of the disappointed businessmen. On May 19, 2007, over 100 witnesses before the police confirmed the innocence of Walther Fazal Khan. They were provoked by "some agitators" and were wrong. The Lahore Police Chief Pervez Kandhari has since promised to re-investigate the case.

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On August 6th, 2005 the 60 year old cleaner was born in Nowshera (Northwest Province) Yousaf Masih released on bail based on the courageous decision of a judge. The Christian accused of blasphemy is said to have burned pages with verses from the Koran during the incineration of paper garbage ordered as part of his activity. He has since gone into hiding with his family.

The tailor Ali Ashgar Bangalsai, Father of 8 children, has disappeared in Quetta, Balochistan since his arrest in 2001. He was ill-treated and tortured while in detention. His family initially remained silent because of the multiple threats of "terrible consequences", but in July 2005 they decided to open a public protest.

On April 1, 2001 became the Christian teacher Pervaiz Masih Reported by a Muslim neighbor for blasphemy and immediately taken by the police to Sialkot District Prison. The 34-year-old founder of Iqbal Memorial High School in the village of Chelay Kay in the Punjab province allegedly claimed in private lessons to three Muslim students in February that according to Hadith tradition, the Prophet once robbed a six-year-old girl. Local sources suspect the indictment was due to the neighbor Muhammad Ibrahim, whose private school is far less successful than that of Pervaiz. Pervaiz faces the death penalty. The court in Sialkot opened the proceedings on March 15, 2002.

Family members have so far not been allowed to visit him and fear for his safety even in prison. Unfortunately, your fears have now come true: Pervaiz Masih was attacked while he was sleeping in his cell. Another inmate attacked him, beat him, injured him badly and tore up his Bible. The health and moral condition of Pervaiz Masih is critical and the chances of a fair trial and a positive outcome are slim, as the judges of lower-level courts are afraid of extremist groups that repeatedly exert pressure on the judges and lawyers involved.

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The 45 year old Christian Anwar Kenneth was sentenced to death by hanging on July 18, 2002 for blasphemy. A court in Lahore said he had "offended the feelings of Muslims, Christians and Jews". Kenneth has been suffering from signs of mental confusion for a long time.

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The two Christian teachers Fozia Patrick and Farah Hameed Sentenced to 7 years in prison for a love affair at the Catholic school in Quetta. One of her then-adult students, Palwasha Nargis, had run away with a young Christian math teacher, Saleem Sylvester. The two teachers were then accused of making the girl docile with cola, drugs and black magic and handing them over to the boy. After three months, the couple was picked up and the girl returned to her parents. It has since been pressured to tell the same story its relatives had given in order to save the honor of its family. The teachers' lawyers were also put under pressure by the family - four lawyers had already resigned. Before Christmas 2002, Fozia Patrick and Farah Hameed were found innocent and acquitted by the court of second instance. Fozia Patrick, who comes from a middle-class family, was able to return to her home province and, with the help of her family, reintegrate into society. Not so Farah Hameed: She comes from a very poor family and cannot return to Quetta, where she teaches and where she has lost everything. She wants to start a new life in another city.

Unfortunately, the good news is not the end of the hardship. After the civil court took up the case of Saleem New Years Eve, the lover with whom the 19-year-old Muslim schoolgirl ran away, had refused because there was no criminal offense, the anti-terrorist court in Quetta accepted it. The Terrorist Court sentenced Saleem Sylvester to 30 lashes and life imprisonment. The police also confiscated all of his property. The love story between Saleem Sylvester and the Muslim girl also claimed another innocent victim: Jarvez Massih, a young physically handicapped man who comes from a "sweeper family" (socially at the bottom of the list of street sweepers) and who worked as a cleaner at the Sacre Coeur School, was sentenced to seven years in prison by the same court for being kidnapped allegedly involved, although there is no evidence at all. Both are in the Much Jail, Pakistan's most notorious prison. The Supreme Court in Islamabad has unfortunately upheld the judgments of Saleem Sylvester and Jarvez Massih.

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On January 11, 2001, the two Christians became in Jacobabad Khalid Masih and Nasir Masih, arrested. You are accused of violating the blasphemy law. The cause was probably that they distributed spiritual literature among the Christian population. They face the death penalty as a result of the indictment, although they were released on bail after eight days in detention.

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Shafique Masih was sentenced to eight years in prison under section 295 A in Faisalabad in November 1999, after he was initially charged under section 295 C in May 1998. He was released on August 15, 2000, but could no longer live in his hometown for security reasons and had to move to another region with his wife and two children.

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Anwer Masih, a Christian teacher who had been employed in a public school in Shiekhupura district for 24 years, also had to flee his home village because a colleague accused him of blasphemy. Anwer is said to have vilified the name of the prophet by writing on the floor what he denies. On October 21, 2000, the matter was discussed in the local mosque and Anwer was given the option of converting to Islam or killing him. Anwer was able to find accommodation in a different area with his wife and four children. He had to leave his house and property behind.

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On January 10, 2001, a peaceful demonstration in Karachi city was forcibly broken up by police using tear gas grenades and batons. A small group of people of different religions had peacefully demonstrated against the blasphemy law with plaques and posters and wanted to move to the governor's house to submit a written appeal to repeal the blasphemy law. 17 people were arrested, including three Christians: the 60-year-old pastor of St Francis Church in Karachi, Father Arnold Heredia, for 28 years activist for religious freedom in the ecumenical initiative "Committee for Justice and Peace"; a Christian named Aslam Martin, Project coordinator of the same committee as well as the Caritas staff Riaz Nawab. On January 16, the three Christians and a Muslim named S.M. Haider were released on bail of $ 500 each, while the other 13 remained in police custody.

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The Christian Martha Bibi (40 years old), the owner of a small hardware store in Kot Nanka Sing, about 40 km south of the city of Lahore (Punjab province), borrowed tools for the construction of a mosque. As a Christian, she was refused entry to the mosque when she went to collect the materials after the agreed deadline. In a subsequent battle of words, according to a Muslim woman, Martha is said to have insulted Islam. She was charged with blasphemy on January 23, 2007 and taken into police custody. The police superintendent responsible for blasphemy allegations had signed the report without further investigation.
Martha Bibi has been in the Kasur District Prison since then. Husband and children had to hide. She was released on bail in July 2007, but was taken back into custody due to protests by Islamic groups. If convicted, the mother of five faces the death penalty.

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