Twenty-five Christians are in prison for blasphemy, six with death sentences. They include Shafqat and his wife, Shagufta. On 8 April the Christian couple will have their appeal heard by the Lahore Court of Appeal.
Sentenced to death in 2014, the court found them guilty of sending blasphemous texts to an Islamic cleric, even though their ‘confession’ was extracted under torture and both are illiterate. Catholic lawyer, Khalil Tahir Sandhu, will present the appeal.
Since the death of Christian farm labourer, Saleem Masih on 28 February, outraged Pakistanis have been using the hashtag #JusticeForSaleemMasih in outcry and to protest the abuse of Pakistan’s religious minorities.
Saleem died in Lahore’s General Hospital after being beaten and tortured by Muslims who accused the ‘filthy Christian’ of ‘polluting’ a well.
Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin
- Pray for justice and liberty for Shafqat and Shagufta. May the Lord bless, guide and protect their lawyers, in particular, Khalil Tahir Sandhu.
- Ask the Lord to comfort the family of Saleem. Pray that his death will not be in vain. Ask the Lord to use the outrage expressed to help ensure justice and bring about significant cultural change.
- Pray the Lord will sustain, bless and continue to grow Pakistani’s vulnerable and persecuted Christian church.
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