Nabeel Masih blasphemy uproar: Extremists threaten to burn Christian activists alive

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Pakistani Christian advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) receives threats from religious fanatics. Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, LEAD chief informed that a clerk and field co-coordinator were threatened of dire consequences for advocating for blasphemy accused Christian teenager Nabeel Masih.

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Advocate Sardar Mushtaq informed CIP that the incident took place on October 15, when LEAD’s fact finding team arrived in at Chak 66 Dina Nath,Bhai Pheru – village of Nabeel Masih. The LEAD team included Intezar Gill, field co-coordinator and Qaiser Younas clerk. The team had ventured to convince the local clerics and Muslim villagers to pardon Nabeel Masih.

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The LEAD team reportedly met with the complainant Akhtar Ali and other local Muslims; only to face hostility and antagonism. After unsuccessfully attempting to convince Nabeel’s fellow villagers, the LEAD team decided to return. As they reached Multan Road near Manga Mandi Bypass; they were intercepted by some unknown men. The men threatened to burn the LEAD team members alive if they tried to campaign for Nabeel’s pardon.

The men warned Intezar Gill and Qaiser Younas that LEAD’s activities were not hidden from them. “We know you kafirs (infidels) who encourage Christians to commit blasphemy,” they warned them. “We will make you exemplary as we made the Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan,” they continued.

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 in this case 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.