Wheel of justice grinding slow: Bail petition case hearing of Christian teenager adjourned

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Blasphemy accused Christian teenager Nabeel Masih will have to wait for freedom until next hearing possibly; as his bail application case was adjourned by the court in Pattoki. The case was scheduled to be heard on October 1, Saturday. Section 295-A has been invoked against the Christian respondent, as he and his family reel from the terror and the peril associated with blasphemy accusation.

Pakistani Christian accused of blapshemy

On scheduled date, Police presented Nabeel Masih before a Sessions Court in Pattoki, District Kasur. Christian advocacy group, The Voice Team and legal aid of the teenage accused were present at this occasion. However, the court adjourned the case and called for a rehearing on October 8.

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During this hearing, police failed to submit their Chalaan, therefore requested the court for additional time in order to chalk out the Chalaan. Police claims that they are still considering which sections of the cyber crime bill may be invoked against Nabeel Masih in addition to the blasphemy charges.

Nabeel Masih son of Amanat Masih is resident of Chak 66, Bhai Pheru, District Kasur, he was accused of posting a post on Facebook which was deemed blasphemous by the complainant. As is customary, Nabeel’s neighborhood is fearful of reprisal.

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.

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