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The Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) is a Pakistani legal advocacy group. The group is calling on the government to repeal oppressive blasphemy laws that have contributed to intense Christian persecution. The call to repeal the blasphemy laws comes on the tail of yet another arrest of a Christian. The demand is accompanied by a report detailing the fate of Pakistani Christians who are accused of blasphemy for the last 12 years.     

09/28/2017 Pakistan (Christians in Pakistan) – Pakistani legal advocacy group LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development) has called upon the government to repeal the blasphemy laws. LEAD chief Advocate Sardar Mishtaq Gill how has been providing legal assistance to victims of misuse of blasphemy laws has said that the desired move has become inevitable now.

LEAD’s demand comes after yet another Christian man namely Nadeem James was sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. Nadeem James’s friend accused him of sending a blasphemous text message on Whatsapp. In this regard, LEAD has compiled a report regarding persecution of Christians in Pakistan by dint of blasphemy law.

Misusing blasphemy law has become a common practice in order to settle personal or communal disputes. In recent case, Nadeem James was purportedly embroiled in a blasphemy case, in a bid to take revenge because he had married a Muslim girl.

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