KARACHI: Three Christians booked under blasphemy charges by police followed by violent protests over Peshawar Church attack.
According to details, Karachi police has registered a blasphemy case against three Christian men namely Babar, Ilyas and Robert under blasphemy laws as an outcome of being involved in violent protests over Peshawar Church attack.
The three Christians has allegedly participated in a violent protest staged a day after suicide attackers blew up a Church in Peshawar killing more than 100 Christians. Reportedly, during the protest, a fight and punch-up took place between Christians and Muslim youth after some of the protestors threw stones at a mosque at Zaman Town in the Korangi area.
“As a result of the protestors turning violent a Muslim man also died in the brawl after he got hit in the head,” the police said. Moreover, the Muslim-Christians clashes resulted in torching of houses of Christians ; the situation was however later brought under control by intervention from police.
The police confirmed on Friday, 27th of September, 2013 that Nazir Ahmed- a member of administrative committee of the Khulfai Rashideen mosque has filed an FIR against three Christians namely Babar, Ilyas and Robert for allegedly committing blasphemous acts. According to the police, the complainant has accused that the three Christian men pelted stones during the protest whereby hitting the names of the caliphs with stones and sticks that is seen as a deliberate desecration.
Mohammad Khan the concerned police officer said, ”The three men were arrested on Thursday 26th of September but were released on bail on Friday. The case was registered under section 298-F that is a lenient clause of the law as the maximum sentence under this act was three year imprisonment. Under the main clause of the blasphemy law the maximum punishment is death here.”
“A murder case against three other men was also registered but they were absconders,” the police said.