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Nadeem James, a Christian accused of committing blasphemy by sending a blasphemous text in July 2016, has been sentenced to death by a local court in Gujart. According to Christian activists, James has been falsely accused of blasphemy as a form of revenge for marrying a Muslim woman. Inter-religious relationships, especially where a Christian man is involved with a Muslim woman, often lead to communal tensions. Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws are widely abused and are regularly used to settle personal scores or to incite religious hatred. Will James be able to receive true justice at the High Court level? 

09/15/2017 Pakistan (Christians in Pakistan) – Pakistani Christian accused of committing blasphemy has been sentenced to death by a local court. Nadeem James, resident of Sarai Alamagir was accused of committing blasphemy in July last year. He was accused of sending blasphemous text messages to a Muslim.

The complainant Yasir Bashir, approached City Division Police Station of Sarai Alamgir. Consequently, on July 10, 2016 FIR number 301 was lodged against Nadeem James, invoking 295A and 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code. Shortly after the FIR was registered, Nadeem James fled while in his absence the police detained his two sisters.

Digging into the matter, a Christian social activist claimed that Nadeem had been embroiled in blasphemy case because he had married a Muslim woman. Subsequently, the absconder was hooked by the Police and was being tried in District Jail Gujrat.

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