Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani has dismissed an appeal in Patras Masih blasphemy case. This appeal sprang from a Christian Member of the Punjab Assembly Shunila Ruth. On Friday, March 2 the Deputy Speaker while dismissing the appeal termed the report as a newspaper report.
MPA Shunila Ruth had previously raised the matter in the House and called for better treatment facilities for Sajid Masih, cousin of Patras Masih. PTI’s lawmaker briefed the house that Sajid Masih jumped off the fourth floor of the FIA building during interrogation. She said that the FIA officials forced him to have sex with his cousin brother, so he jumped off in an attempt to escape the inhumane torture.
“Sajid Masih was tortured and threatened by the authorities and was afterwards taken to the building’s fourth floor and you can read all that happened there in the newspapers,” she said addressing the house during the session. She was interrupted by the Deputy Speaker who criticized her for ‘trusting a newspaper report’.
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.