LAHORE: A noted Christian Human Rights activist and lawyer expresses disappointment over acquittal of Muslim cleric who falsely accused Rimsha Masih.
According to details, Sardar Mushtaq Gill LEAD Chief and pre-eminent Christian rights lawyer says,” He is disappointed that a Muslim cleric who “falsely” accused a Christian girl of blasphemy has been released, while several Christians remain in Pakistani jails for allegedly hurting Islamic feelings.”
Sardar Mushtaq Gill further said, “We were disappointed about the judgment of the Islamabad court in the case of Khalid Jadoon Chishti. He tempered the evidence by adding Koranic pages into ashes to blame Rimsha Masih of blasphemy.”
Earlier in this case, Rimsha Masih, a 14 year old Christian girl, was hooked by the police in August 2012 over alleged blasphemy charges thus and thus she spent three weeks in behind the bars; when the blasphemy case against Rimsha was in due course, overturned amid growing international pressure. As recent developments in this case, Rimsha Masih along with her family departed from Pakistan and the cleric who was accused and proved to have tampered the evidence against Rimsha was against all odds acquitted on Saturday, 17th of August, 2013.
Sardar Mushtaq Gill protests saying,” Yet on Saturday, August 17, the court acquitted Chishti of all charges “as six out of eight eyewitnesses retracted their statements.”
LEAD Chief further stated that, “I believe Sawan Masih could be released on bail as the arguments from the prosecution are very weak.” He continued, “In 2011, politicians Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti were assassinated for demanding that the blasphemy law be reformed. This demand still continues by Pakistani Christians and other minority groups.”
He further remarked that, “An accusation of blasphemy commonly subjects the accused and even police, lawyers, and judges to harassment, threats, attacks and extra judicial killings. Those who are accused of blasphemy including their family members have to face many hardships and to move from one place to another for their safety.”
Sardar Mushtaq Gill grumbled, “Not for years but even for a whole life.”