Christians And Muslims Fasted And Prayed Collectively For Wellbeing Of Asia Bibi And Sawan Masih

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On Wednesday, a peaceful revelation took place in Lahore and Islamabad to show unity with “persecuted Christians” and plea justice for the victims of the “blasphemy law”. For a Lahore priest, these rallies are heartening answer of civil society. Sickened by the circumstances, a Muslim protester articulated his in unity for “Christian brothers and sisters.”

The Catholic Church of Pakistan celebrated a Prayer and Fasting on behalf of Sawan Masih and Asia Bibi, two victims of the Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws.

Both of them are imprisoned, sentenced to death and are waiting for their petition procedure to begin. Meanwhile, numerous civil society organizations and regular believers have joined the initiative “in favors of the victimized Christians”.

 

On Wednesday, activists and religious leaders escorted plentiful peaceful protests in Lahore and Islamabad as a symbol of association and unity.

 

Asia Bibi has become an icon of the fighting back against t Pakistan’s “black law”. Ever since she was sentenced to death in November 2010, she has been on demise string, held in private imprisonment for her own safety. After several setbacks and extensive distortion, her appeal trial is hoped to start on 14 April.

Sawan Masih and Asia Bibi, two victims of the Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws
Sawan Masih and Asia Bibi, two victims of the Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws

Sawan Masih is a 26-year-old Christian from Lahore; he is recently found guilty in a lower court, on false charges made by an individual with whom he had a personal difference.

 

His suspected actions led to an attack on minority Christians in the Joseph Colony in Lahore in which Islamic extremists blazed hundreds of Christian homes and two churches.

The Lahore High Court is set to hear Sawan Masih petition on 25 July 2014.

From the Archdiocese of Lahore  Fr. Asher Arshad, illustrated the “encouraging response ” that came in recent days from civil society groups who decided to respond positively to a call for fast and prayer on behalf “of Asia Bibi and Sawan Masih, both persecuted because for their faith.”

 

In fact, “As we pray and fast” for the two victims, “we join our Christian brothers and sisters in solidarity,” said Aqeel Mehadi, a human rights activist from Lahore. “As a Muslim,” he added, “I am disgusted by what has happened and what continues to happen.”