According to resources, two lawyers, Aric John and his assistant who are defending the blasphemy accused Sajjad Masih Gill’s case were stopped on their way to the court for the hearing. They stopped by armed men who threatened to harm them if their demands were not met. The legal staff had to call for postponement of hearing which is now scheduled for February 16, 2016.
The lawyers are members of Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) and work for free for Christian development in legal matters. They have been handling the case of Sajjad Masih since his imprisonment.
Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill, head of LEAD organization remains undeterred by the situation and says, “Our lawyers and our volunteers are at the forefront and will not be intimidated.”
“We will continue to strive for the protection of those who suffer human rights violations in Pakistan, in particular for the victims of the blasphemy law and for those who suffer and are hungry for justice and peace,” he further added.
He also demanded the International community to help abolish the blasphemy law that is misused against Christians.
Sajjad Masih Gill who was entitled to life time imprisonment in July 2013 has appealed to Lahore High Court. Masih was sentenced on context of sending blasphemous text messages to Muslim clerics of Gojra.
Blasphemy laws in Pakistan are a weapon in a child’s hand. For years they have been used to settle personal grudges and life threats are a common evil faced by those who stand with the victims of this black law.