Mian Amir Habib, the Additional District and Session Judge of Toba Tek Singh verdict death sentence to a woman named Shagufta Kasuar and her crippled husband Shafqat Emmanuel in a case of alleged blasphemy trial on Friday.
Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar were arrested on July 21, 2013, on accusation of sending blasphemous mobile text messages to local Muslims. The police registered FIR Number 407/13 under Sections 295-B and 295-C of Pakistan Penal Code in Gojra Police Station on complain of Mohammad Hussain and Anwar Mansoor Goria of Sub-District Gojra Bar Association, who claimed of receiving blasphemous text messages on their mobile Phones.
Shagufta Kausar notified police investigator that she lost her mobile phone and repeatedly requested mobile seller to close her SIM one month before this blasphemy accusation which was verified but case was not dropped.
The sources exposed Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar that Gojra City Police Station officials persecuted crippled Christian husband before her wife and four children to sign statement accepting his alleged liability.
Advocate Nadeem Hassan, who represented accused couple in court, said that Judge Mian Amir Habib had verdict the death sentence under “great pressure” even though the prosecution had failed to present any tangible proves against the couple. “The police failed to recover the SIM allegedly registered in Shagufta’s name from the couple’s custody. The police just produced a receipt of a cellular company on which Shagufta’s national identity card number was written against the number from which text messages were sent,” he added.
“Touqir Ashraf advocate and some other Islamist lawyers from Lahore, who were representing the complainants, openly pressurized the judge during the trial of the accused. Even on Friday, the complainants’ lawyers kept reciting verses from Quran referring to death for blasphemers, and said that they were willing to become Ghazi Ilamdin Shaheed and Mumtaz Qadri if the judge did not convict the accused,” said Hassan.