Muslims Torture for Hours Christian Blasphemer Now In Jail
ICC Note: There is no justice when a Christian accused of blasphemy is arrested and the lynch-mob that tortured him gets off scot-free.
by Qaiser Felix
3/28/07 Pakistan (AsiaNews) A Christian man in Pakistan s Punjab province was attacked on March 23 by a mob of some 150 Muslims. He was beaten and tortured for allegedly desecrating the Quran. The attack ended when police arrested the alleged blasphemer charging him under Section 295 B of Pakistans Penal Code, the so-called Blasphemy law, which could mean life in prison for him. By contrast, his attackers were not charged.
According to a news release of Sharing Life Ministry, a Protestant organisation, the 50-year-old Amanat Masih was accused of tearing and burning some pages from the Quran. A mob then descended upon his house, stormed the place, caught the alleged blasphemer, dragged him out into the streets, and tortured him.
Amanat Masihs wife, Zohera Bibi, also complained that Muslims grabbed 50,000 rupees (US$ 825, 620) which I had saved for my daughters wedding.
According to the report filed with the police, Masih confessed to burning the pages of the Quran on the advice of Liaqat Ali, a Muslim faith healer, who was arrested.
Currently, both men are in jail at Sheikhupura District Prison.