A Pakistani Christian man who was arrested for an alleged blasphemy on 28th January this year has died on 3rd November at the age of 70. Mukhtar Masih was conceded bail in May of this year and had a true possibility of upsetting his false charges; however his sudden passing implies that he and his family will never have the opportunity to demonstrate his innocence.
Mukhtar Masih was taken to Bagh Christian Hospital in Mansehra on the second November 2017 in the after complaining about pain in the abdomen and died suddenly the same day. Later specialists attempted a post-mortem examination and pronounced passing by gastro-intestinal bleeding.
The family is now requesting his name to be cleared of any charge since they trust their father died under a false allegation that has abandoned them helpless and detested by Muslims, regardless of his innocence.
Mukhtar Masih was arrested on Saturday 28th January 2017 after a letter containing blasphemous messages was pinned to the door of a local mosque, in his home village of Lambanwali near Gujranwala. Mukhtar demanded he was blameless of the wrongdoing and communicated that any language master could perceive that the written work on the letter was not his. Moreover he likewise kept up that no Christian in Pakistan would be foolish enough to take such a risk with his life.
In any case, police at Rahwali Cantt station overlooked his cases and other moderating proof, in preference of the Muslim witnesses who authenticated Mukhtar’s crime. This is on account of in Sharia law a Christian can’t affirm against a Muslim so Mukhtar’s testimony had no value.
Mehwish Bhatti, lead officer for the BPCA in Pakistan, said: “It is with great regret that I share this news as we were extremely confident that Mukhtar would be exonerated and that his reputation would once again become unsullied.
“His distraught family have expressed great disappointment that Mukhtar Masih died with charges of blasphemy over his head. We are challenging our local MP’s to call for a posthumous exoneration for a man who did not commit any crime. Mukhtar’s only offence was the hurt he apparently caused to Muslims for adhering to the Christian faith.”