The Voice Team- defense counsel of the blasphemy accused Christian teenager Nabeel Masih filed a petition for case transfer in Sessions Court Pattoki. Their petition was rejected by court, today October 14, Friday on the pretext that change of location will not matter.
The Voice Team had filed the application on the grounds that fanatics had threatened Nabeel’s defense counsel as well as his family. Sessions Judge Mujahid Mustaqeem Ahmad turned down the plea, whereas the vice-president of Kasur Bar hurled opposition saying that there were no logical grounds for transferring the case. He maintained that entire country is predominantly Muslim, transferring the case to another location will not make any difference.
The Voice Team appeared before the court asking for the hearings be moved to Lahore. 16-years-old Nabeel Masih’s legal team is headed by Advocate Aneeqa Maria. On October 8, Nabeel’s bail application case was heard by Judge Muhammad Imran. During the court proceedings, the respondent’s legal team was harassed in front of the judge.
While explaining the dire situation, Advocate Aneeqa told that the prosecutor Advocate Amin Muzammal Chaudhry had threatened her in front of the judge saying: “It is a blasphemy case and this man has […]. You should know that Pakistan is an Islamic state. We are all Muslims.”
“These are Muslim courts so you should not defend such a criminal. You people come here from Lahore to pursue this case. Here are so many people who you cannot face. So you better watch yourself and stay away.”
As previously reported, Nabeel Masih son of Amanat Masih resident of Chak 66, Bhai Pheru, District Kasur, was fallaciously accused of posting a picture of Khana-e-Kaaba on Facebook which was deemed blasphemous by the complainant. Akhtar Ali, the complainant claimed that he had seen a post on Nabeel Masih’s Facebook timeline; which was derogatory towards an Islamic sacred place. He maintained that Nabeel had blasphemed by posting a picture of Khana-e-Kaaba in a derogatory manner therefore; he has hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims.