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Pastor Arrested for Blasphemy in Pakistan

Pakistani Christian Pastor arrested under blasphemy denied bail.

ICC Note:

Another Christian was arrested for blasphemy in Pakistan on October 13, the Pakistan Christian Post reports. After visiting a prayer gathering at a Christian’s home, Pastor Karama Patras heard an imam call out on a loud speaker from a local mosque that “Pastor Karma Patras is a blasphemer and infidel liable to be killed”.

After the call, a Muslim mob congregated outside the pastor’s home to attack him, but police showed up at the scene and took him into custody. At a court hearing on October 30, the pastor was denied bail and will likely serve an extended prison term. In Pakistan, mere accusations of blasphemy can often merit a death sentence or life imprisonment.

10/31/2012 Pakistan (Pakistan Christian Post)- Pakistani Christian Pastor arrested under blasphemy in Sanghla Hill town in Punjab province of Pakistan on October 13, 2012, was denied bail in a court hearing on October 30, 2012.

Pastor Karama Patras was arrested on accusations of blasphemy by police after taking him in preventive custody when Muslim extremist Mob attacked his home.

After 2 days FIR No. 475/12 was registered under the section 295-A PPC in Sanghla Hill Police Station District Ninkanasab, Punjab Pakistan on October 15, 2012

On evening of October 13, 2012, at 4:00pm, when Pastor Patras was holding prayers in house of a Christian family where some Christian people raised questions about the feast of sacrifice (Eid –Ul- Adha) and the meat of this sacrifice in Christianity.

Pastor Karma explained according to the bible references and gave some references from bible to satisfy the people. While he was briefing on that topic some Muslim people from the neighbors were also listening. They gathered other Muslim people and informed them about that discussion which Pastor Karma did in prayer.

After end of Prayer meeting, when Pastor Patras reached home, he heard appeals on mosques loudspeakers by area Muslim clerics calling for Muslims to join hands to punish infidel Pastor to teach him lesson for prohibition of this feast in Christianity.

The Muslim Imams said in mosque loudspeakers “Pastor Karma Patras is blasphemer and infidel liable to be killed” on which hundreds of Muslims attacked on home of Pastor Karma Patras.

On pressure of Muslim mob, the police arrested Pastor Patras under Section 295-A of blasphemy laws. Syed Zulqarnan Ali s/o Syed Hujer Bosay Shah R/o Mammind wali chak No. 111 is the petitioner of the case. The 30 family members of the Pastor Karma Patras also left their homes to save their lives, by the help of Ch. Baber Sohail Moma a worker of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) and now they are save.

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