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Blasphemy issue: Christian labourer arrested in Kasur

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LAHORE: Punjab police have arrested and put into prison a Christian allegedly involved in blasphemy in Kasur district.

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“A Christian labourer named Pervaiz Masih was arrested earlier this week and sent on judicial remand for passing derogatory remarks against the Prophet (PBUH),” said a policeman.

The incident is confirmed by a senior police official, Ali Hussain. He also said that the accused, laborer by profession, was working alongside Muslim co-workers when it happened that he uttered mean remarks about the prophet.

“They were working on a small construction site, one Muslim fellow was listening to religious speech while the accused was working,” he said.

The police official also added that the moment accused told his co-workers to get back to work they had an argument during which he spoke about the prophet of Islam in low manner.

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“We have registered a case under section 295C against the accused. The alleged incident occurred in Kasur district, around 54 kilometres southeast of Lahore,” said the police official.

In the light of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, humilating the Prophet (PBUH) puts the death penalty, though noone has ever faced such sentence over the crime.

However, it has been observed that anyone convicted, or even just accused, of humiliating Islam could put himself/herself into a terrible and most vulnerable situation and could face a bloody death at the hands of impetient Muslims.

Instance can be quoted from the murder of former governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, who was shot by the hands of his own security guard after he voiced for Asia Bibi, an accused of the same crime.

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