Pakistan: Christian Gets Life for “Desecrating” Koran

I am not exactly sure which section to file this one under. Should it go in the Islam is “tolerant” section, the “moderate” Islam is coming to the rescue section, or the Pakistan is a great “ally” of ours section? Anyway, we continue to see Christians being persecuted in the Islamic world, without any condemnation from our government. Whose side are they on anyway?

Hat tip to, European Alliance for Rational Thought.

Pakistani Christian Gets Life in Prison under ‘Blasphemy’ Law
Jawad Mazhar

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (CDN) — A young Christian shopkeeper was sentenced to a life term in prison and fined more than $1,000 last week following a dubious conviction of desecrating the Quran, according to Pakistan’s National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP).

Peter Jacob, general secretary of the NCJP, said 22-year-old Imran Masih of the Faisalabad suburb of Hajvairy was convicted of desecrating the Quran (Section 295-B of Pakistan’s legal code) and thereby outraging religious feelings (Section 295-A) by Additional District & Sessions Judge Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan on Jan. 11. The conviction was based on the accusation of a rival shopkeeper who, as part of an Islamic extremist proselytizing group, allegedly used a mosque loudspeaker system to incite a mob that beat Masih and ransacked his shop.

Neighboring shopkeeper Hajji Liaquat Abdul Ghafoor accused Masih of tearing out pages of the Quran and burning them on July 1, 2009. Denying that he burned any pages of the Quran, Masih told investigators that the papers he burned were a heap of old merchandise records he had gathered while cleaning his store.

Masih’s family members said Ghafoor fabricated the blasphemy case against him because of a business dispute. Nearby shopkeepers, initially reluctant to talk out of fear of reprisals but eventually speaking on condition of anonymity, told Compass that they had seen the two men arguing over business a few days before the incident occurred.

The shopkeepers said that when Masih burned the papers, Ghafoor started shouting that he had desecrated the Quran and blasphemed Islam and its prophet, Muhammad. In the case against Masih, police later accused Ghafoor of misusing the loudspeaker system of a mosque to stir up the mob.

“Ghafoor started shouting that Masih had desecrated the Quran and made blasphemous remarks about Islam and prophet Muhammad,” said one of the shopkeepers. “Ghafoor spread misconceptions about Imran Masih, and a mob of angry Muslim men unaware of the facts attacked Masih and viciously beat him, looted his shop and later handed him over to police.”

The shopkeepers added that Ghafoor was a hard-line Muslim and part of an Islamic proselytizing group.

Section 295-B of Pakistan’s legal code, desecrating the Quran, is punishable by imprisonment for life. In accordance with Section 295-A (instigating religious hatred and outraging religious feelings), Masih was also sentenced to 10 years in prison and a fine of 100,000 rupees (US$1,170); if he is unable to pay the fine, he will be assessed an additional six months in jail.

A conviction for blaspheming Muhammad (Section 295-C) is punishable by death under Pakistani’s notorious blasphemy laws. Widely condemned by the international community as easily invoked to settle personal enmities, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have come under review in recent months, but to no avail.

The laws are routinely invoked to harass members of minority communities. Additionally, while police cannot make arrests without a court-issued warrant for Section 295-A, they can arrest suspected blasphemers under sections 295-B and 295-C on the complaint of a single individual.

Masih is incarcerated at District Jail Faisalabad. Sources said he plans to appeal his sentence to the Lahore High Court.

“No pages of the Quran were burned or desecrated,” said one member of Masih’s family, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It was just a lame excuse to implicate him in a fabricated case of blasphemy.”

Tahir Naveed Chaudhary, a Christian member of Punjab’s legislative assembly and Sargodha zone head of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), said Masih’s case was just one in a long list of incidents in which blasphemy laws have been used to settle personal grudges. He said that APMA would provide legal assistance to Masih.

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18 comments for “Pakistan: Christian Gets Life for “Desecrating” Koran

  1. March 5, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    AAAHHHhhhh…living in a muslim majority country..isn't it grand. If they want to do away with a minority, this is the way to do it. Great police investigation too.
    I would love to see a video, or be in an anti-Islam demonstration and see the looks on the muslims watching when someone…(maybe me)…rips pages out of the koran and throws them on the ground. I probably would be arrested for littering.

  2. Robin Shadowes
    March 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    They often says kafirs are second rate citizens. 10th rate citizens would be more appropriate. Dog pooh is more valued than kuffars in these muz hell-holes.

  3. March 6, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I've noticed a few of these reports lately. It seems the blasphemy laws in Pakistan are being exploited to put troublesome Christians and those of other beliefs in their place.

    • March 6, 2010 at 7:33 am

      It seems that it is guilty under proven innocent. Backwards, just like Islam.

    • eib
      November 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      After all, Christians must “feel themselves subdued.”

  4. March 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Hints and suggestions for ways to desecrate the Koran (please note it's got to be a REAL koran in Arabic – translations don't count): http://crombouke.blogspot.com/2010/01/koran-in-to

    • March 7, 2010 at 3:09 am

      So what happens if an arselifter dies while holding a koran? Then a dog or a pig comes along and defecates or urinates on it? Is that doubly bad?

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  6. Born Again Christain
    November 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Buring a koran is Not a hate law. The koran is not of GOD. So I have a right to trash, burn etc… Just as a Muslim would a Bible or better yet — The koran teaches muslims to lie if needed and it teaches them to kill anyone that doesnt accept it.Jesus does not want you killed for not accepting him. When you die you will go in front of the Great White throne judgement as a non believer But if you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour then when you die you will go to the Mercy Seat of Christ.

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  7. eib
    November 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Quote:
    A conviction for blaspheming Muhammad (Section 295-C) is punishable by death under Pakistani’s notorious blasphemy laws.
    end quote.

    1. If you don’t believe in Muhammad in the first place, then there is no blasphemy.
    Only believers can blaspheme.
    2. The Koran can be desecrated only by Muslims, it can’t be desecrated by people who believe it to be profane in the first place.

    If you don’t believe, then you cannot possibly desecrate anything.
    Desecration is in the eye of the beholder.
    These laws are an attempt to impose rule through fear.
    There is nothing of reason or God in them.

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