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PAKISTAN: Boy Refused Bail in ‘Blasphemy’ Case

A Pakistani Christian boy accused of blasphemy for ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ a Facebook post which “defamed and disrespected” the Kaaba in Mecca – the building at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque – has been refused bail.

Lawyers for Nabeel Masih, 16, argued that he should be granted bail as he has no prior convictions and is still a juvenile. However, a magistrate’s court in Kasur, 50km south of Lahore, rejected the application on 7 February.

Masih was arrested on 18 September after a complaint had been filed with the police earlier in the day. The complainant, Akhtar Ali, said Masih had liked and shared the defamatory photograph of the Kaaba.

In October, the lawyers reported being intimidated by the complainant’s supporters as they made their Appeal Court appearance on 3 October.

Aneeqa Maria Anthony said she was told by a lawyer for the complainant to “watch herself and stay away”. She also said about 80 people at the hearing threatened Masih’s family.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Pray the Lord will strengthen Nabeel and give him courage during this difficult and uncertain time. Ask the Lord to minister to him and protect him, his family and legal representatives.
  • Pray the courts will show mercy towards Nabeel and release him soon from prison.
  • Pray for the Christian minority in Pakistan; ask the Lord to help them to stay faithful to Him, though they face much opposition. Pray they will courageously live out the Gospel and that they may be encouraged by much church growth.
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