Fifty-five Christians were recently accused of blasphemy following an argument over a graveyard.
Local Muslims registered a case against the 55 Christians in the Tehcil Samandri district of Faisalabad after the believers had begun to prepare part of an old Muslim graveyard for use by those of their own community.
The Christians insist they had received permission from a sympathetic Muslim landowner to use that part of the graveyard, which was located on his property. Despite permission being granted, the accusing Muslims attacked the Christians and pressed charges. Police then arrested 14 of the believers, including a 12-year-old child. The others have yet to be detained.
Those who were accused had initially approached the Muslim landowner about using the land for burials because their own graveyard was full, causing them to resort to using the same plots two or three times. The Christian graveyard is a fraction of the size of the Muslim one, which covers 24 acres.
Ministry partners of Release International, sister mission of Voice of the Martyrs Australia, recently provided food for the family members of the 14 detainees. They reported that the families are too scared to leave their homes for fear of attack. However, they are hopeful that they have succeeded in persuading the police to change the charge from blasphemy to a lesser one.
Source: Release International
- Pray that the false charges levelled against these believers will soon be dropped and each detainee released.
- Pray for the protection of other Christians in this community, that God will shield them from any possible assault.
- Pray that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws will either be repealed or amended to prevent them from being misused to settle personal grievances.