LAHORE: Blasphemy accused Sawan Masih’s case hearing scheduled for 5th of September.
In line with details, the Additional District and Sessions Judge Chaudhry Ghulam Murtaza issued directions on 21st of August, 2013 to the concerned SHO. The SHO was directed to generate prosecution witnesses against Sawan on 5th of September, 2013. The judge then adjourned the jail trial proceedings.
According to the details, Sawan Masih a 28 year old Christian, resident of Joseph Colony, Badami Bagh area of Lahore allegedly accused of committing blasphemy by his friend Imran Shahid. Sawan Masih is a sanitary worker, and is said to have blasphemed by making reviling remarks about Prophet Muhammad. According to a witness, “A drunken row between Sawan and his friend was the trigger for blasphemy allegations that provoked a mob of around 3,000 angry protesters to burn almost 200 Christian homes, 2 Churches in Lahore’s Joseph Colony.”
In accordance with the FIR of this case, complainant Shahid Imran heard Sawan Masih using offensive language about Prophet Muhammad as he was taking to his neighbour Muhammad Shafique. Imran said that,” he and Shafique told Masih to abstain, but he did not listen.” They then sought to hold him and turn him over to the police, but he fled. The FIR was later registered at Badami Bagh police station under Section 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which carries capital punishment. The police booked him on 8th of March, 2013; a day before the Badami Bagh arson.
However, later on seeing the sensitivity of the case and the security of Sawan Masih, Superintendent of Police Hassan Mushtaq Sukhera wrote to the Additional District and Sessions Judge Chaudhry Ghulam Murtaza for the blasphemy case to be tried in jail, due to potential threat to Sawan’s life.