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Christian MPA calls for a JIT to probe into Sajid Masih case

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Christian lawmaker Shunila Ruth, raised the matter of inhumane torture carried out by FIA investigation team when Sajid Masih, a Christian man was allegedly forced to have sex with his cousin brother. Consequently, Sajid jumped off from the fourth floor of the FIA headquarter. Sajid Masih and his cousin Patras Masih were in FIA’s custody when the incident unfolded.

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Shunila Ruth who hails from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), demanded that a joint investigation team should be formed in order to conduct impartial investigations into the investigations. She criticized the malevolent way of interrogation carried out by the FIA cyber-crime wing, “The FIA officials interrogated Sajid in a very inhumane way that is highly condemnable and there is a sense of extreme fear prevailing among the whole Christian community,” Ruth said.

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During Punjab Assembly’s session earlier this week briefed the house saying that Sajid Masih was receiving medical care at Mayo Hospital, Lahore however, she demanded that better medical facilities should be provided to him. She demanded that authorities should pay attention to this matter so that his life could be saved.

“A JIT should be constituted immediately and Sajid must be taken into protective custody as his life is in danger keeping in view the glaring revelations he has made in the video message,” MPA Shunila Ruth said.

She submitted an adjournment motion in the Punjab Assembly concerning the issue. “Both Patras and Sajid are just accused till now as the allegations leveled on them are yet to be proved, but the way the FIA treated them during interrogation is highly regrettable and I request the chief justice of Pakistan to take a suo motu notice of the case,” she said.

Sajid Masih and his cousin Patras Masih were booked in a blasphemy case and were being interrogated by the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime unit, when the incident unfolded. On Friday, February 23, Christian defendants were handed over by the police to FIA’s cyber-crime wing and were brought at the provincial headquarters of FIA in Lahore.

Previously, Patras Masih, resident of Dhir village in Shahdara Town was accused of allegedly posting a blasphemous photo on social media. An FIR No. 174/18 invoking Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code was registered against Patras almost after a month of alleged blasphemous deed.

The complainant Hafiz Muhammad Awais alleges that on January 16, 2018, Patras had posted a disrespectful photo on a Facebook group named “Paaglon Ki Basti”. The incident had generated a wave of terror among the local Christians who fled from their homes fearful of reprisal from adherents of religious parties.