This is what Suneel Malik, Director of Peace and Human Development Foundation ( Phd ) says, commenting on the most recent case of false blasphemy charges that happened in recent days in Faisalabad, Punjab. He hopes it increases in the “level of tolerance towards religious minorities”, for establishing a true peaceful environment in Pakistan and to put an end “to false accusations that besmirch the name of the country” and affect “social harmony.”
The incident happened on 22 May with Mansha Masih, Christian man, who has worked for 15 years as a scavenger in the town of Hajweri, Faisalabad. While he was picking up litter and leaves from abandoned houses in the area, a young Muslim named Billu, saw him from the roof of his home and accused him of defiling pages of the Muslim holy book, the Koran. After having complained against the Christian, he started beating him brutally.
However, the 26-year old Muslim activist, Farhan Sadiq, a journalist and member of the Human Rights Defenders Network, intervened and decided to save the Christian. He took Masih away from the hands of his oppressor. He afterwards hurled an autonomous investigation to analyze the facts, after which it was concluded that the pages containing holy verses were “defiled” by two immature students in the area, who burned the books because they reluctant to go to mosque.
Rumors regarding blasphemy committed by a Christian had already dispersed in the town and a mob was ready to punish the man, though innocent, with death. Even after the confession of two young men, the mob did not want to believe the Mansha Masih, who was frequently stating that he is “illiterate” and “had done nothing wrong,” not knowing the content of the verses printed on papers. The Muslim activist’s confronted the crowd and proved the charges to be false, in the end, and thus saved the Christian’s life. He fulfilled his task “with a great sense of responsibility.”