“Pakistani courts are handing over death sentences under blasphemy on pressure of Islamic extremists without consideration of facts” Nazir Bhatti
On April 4, 2014, Additional District and Session Judge pronounced death sentence to a Christian woman and her crippled husband on sending blasphemous text messages during a hearing in Toba Tek Sing Jail when another Christian was previously verdict with death sentence in Lahore Jail.
Dr. Nazir Bhatti said “It is mockery of justice and failing of administration in Pakistan that terrorist and killers of innocent citizen’s cases are being heard in open courts while victims of blasphemy are kept in solitary confinements in jails and their cases are also preceded in jails which indicates pressure on judiciary and standard of justice”
“The wave of fear and anger has spread among Pakistani Christians after awarding death sentence to three Christian victims by courts within period of two weeks” Nazir Bhatti
Nazir Bhatti said that Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel are uneducated and incompetent to write English text messages while they testified loss of their cell phone to area mobile shop but still they were retained under blasphemy law by police and judge issued death judgment without seeing evidences. Similar was in the case of Sawan Masih who was supposedly involved in blasphemy case to save Muslim offenders who set on fine more than hundred homes, shops and Church in Joseph Colony Lahore.
Nazir Bhatti demanded instant revoke of blasphemy laws which is diffusing violence towards religious minorities in Pakistan.
PCC’s Chief said that mass movement will be taking place in Pakistan to press upon government to revoke blasphemy laws and appealed Civil Society and Muslim political parties to rise their voices against misapplication of Islamic laws.
“Pakistani Christian have no voice in Senate of Pakistan and National Assembly of Pakistan after imposition of Joint Electorate which must be noted by International community that basic democratic and human rights of Christians in Pakistan” said Nazir Bhatti