Blasphemy charges have been dropped against a young Christian boy in Quetta, Pakistan. The boy and his mother were both accused of burning pages of the Koran, an incident that allegedly took place on 20 October.
While the child and his mother remained behind bars, local Christian leaders negotiated on their behalf. Thankfully the matter was resolved a day later, resulting in the release of the mother and son. The blasphemy accusations were quashed and an official complaint was filed against some unknown persons.
Nasir Saeed, Director of CLAAS (Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement) in the United Kingdom, said this is not the first time a minor has been charged with a blasphemy offence. One such case took place in 1993 when 12-year-old Salamat Masih was charged under the blasphemy law for a crime he never committed. In 2011, a 13-year-old Christian girl by the name of F Bhatti was accused of blasphemy by her Muslim teacher for misspelling a word.
The director further states in regards to this concern: “The Government of Pakistan must consider such cases and take appropriate steps to bring necessary changes to stop the ongoing misuse of this law. The international community has continuously expressed its concern and called for amendments.”
- Thank the Lord for this outcome; ask for the Lord’s protection to be upon the young boy and his mother.
- Please pray that the needed amendments will be made so the country’s citizens will be shielded from injustice and abuse.
- Pray the church in Pakistan may be strong in faith, unified by their love of the Lord and be a light to their community.