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A disabled Christian man who has been sentenced to death alongside his wife for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to an Islamic cleric has filed an appeal at Lahore High Court, seeking bail due to his deteriorating health.

“I have developed bedsores and I may die in jail as there is no possibility of a better treatment there,” Shafqat Masih, who is paralysed from his waist down, said in his petition.

Masih, alongside his wife, Shagufta, were convicted and sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy in April 2014. The couple were found guilty of sending blasphemous text messages to a local cleric, something which they deny on account that they are both illiterate.

“There was no evidence that the text messages came from a phone owned by the couple. In the first place they had lost the phone some months before July 2013 and secondly there was no SIM card in their names. The only evidence police produced was a bill for a SIM card from a shop owner, which is unheard of,” said Farukh Saif, an official of World Vision in Progress, an organisation defending the Christian couple.

The Lahore court is set to hear the petition on 5 March.

Source: Source: Christian Post

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Shafqat will be granted bail so that he can receive proper health care.
  • Pray that the couple’s death sentence will be overturned at the appeal’s hearing in March.
  • Pray that Shafqat and Shagufta will not be fearful in the face of their sentence, but will have a firm hope in God’s promises and faithfulness

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