Precariously imperiled: Cyber crime charges to be brought against Christian teenager accused of blasphemy

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A loud uproar from the human rights campaigners follows adjournment of bail application case in Pattoki, on October 1. The Christian teenager, Nabeel Masih was fallaciously accused of committing blasphemy by posting a picture of Islamic sacred place Khana-e-Kaaba. Nabeel has been behind the bars, ever since charges of blasphemy were brought against him.

Nabeel Masih blasphemy case

Adding to the quandary of teenage Christian respondent, police now seeks to invoke the newly-fangled cyber crime law against him. Christian advocacy and charity group British Pakistani Christian Association has raised serious concerns about the likely addition of cyber crime- in this respect a series of other cyber-crimes are likely to be added in Chalan (charge sheet) being chalked out by the police. BPCA raised brows over the fact that investigations are taking longer than expected; so much so that they had asked the court for some time which caused adjournment of the case hearing.

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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. In this case, Akhtar Ali the complainant claimed that he had seen a post on Nabeel Masih’s Facebook timeline; which was derogatory towards the Islamic sacred place. He maintained that Nabeel had blasphemed by posting the picture of Khana-e-Kaaba in a derogatory manner therefore; he has hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims.

British Pakistani Christian Association has already labeled this case as “a farce” straight away. “So concerned were we with the flimsy evidence for a crime that warrants a death sentence, that we sent a letter to the Pakistani Government asking them to intervene on behalf of the frightened teenager. Their response lacked any passion, in that they did not even have enough passion to respond,” BPCA stated.