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Gujranwala: Decelerated justice leaves Christian youth accused of blasphemy in limbo


Gujranwala’s Christian youth Farhan Aziz who was accused of sending blasphemous text messages awaits justice as he loiters behind the bars. 26-year-old, Farhan was arrested on August 2, this year after a local religio-political group leveled charges of blasphemy against him.

Blasphemy cases in Pakistan

Following the accusations, an incensed mob surrounded the street of Muslim Town where Farhan lived. Frahan had to be saved by the police as the agitated mob wanted to kill him. Many Christians living in the street fled out of fear as the mob showed aggression wanting to execute extra-judicial judgment.

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“Most of Christian families had run from the area and, when the protests started, we ensured the safety of the Christians,” World Watch Monitor quoted a local police official Jawad Answer. The police chief said that in order to avert violence a police contingent had to be stationed at the scene so as to ensure security of Christian residents.

Farhan’s family unfolded that the accusations were fabricated as victim’s ex-girlfriend had sent the blasphemous text messages from a phone registered in Farhan’s name. “We are told that text messages were sent by [the woman’s] family and two of her family members were also arrested by the police,” Pastor Niamat Bhatti confirmed.

Sources revealed to Christians in Pakistan that Farhan’s ex-girl friend who is also a Christian tried to embroil him in fake blasphemy case. Her brother sent the text message from the mobile phone registered in Farhan’s name. Police arrested Farhan and the girl’s brother. Their location is still undisclosed as no details of the progress in this case were made available for media.

Shortly after the incident, a local Human Rights organization intervened and tried to succor the victim but a rights’ activist Ms. Karamat took the matter in her hands. So far, no details of the case have been provided by Ms. Karamat.