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Pakistani Christian arrested on allegation of blasphemous SMS messages

Pakpattan, Punjab: December 29, 2011. (PCP) A Pakistani Christian named Sajjad Gill son of Sardar Masih, resident of District Pakpattan was arrested under blasphemy charges during Christian Holidays season in Pakistan on December 23, 2011, on allegation of sending blasphemous SMS messages on his cellphone to Muslims.

On reports of local Muslims, Tehsil Police Gojra of District Tobe Tek Sing registered First Information Report FIR under Section 295 C PPC against Sajjad Masih Gill and arrested him.

The police detained one other Christian Iftikhar Masih for investigation in Sajjad Masih case but later released him after legal assistance of Mr. Javed Sohtra Advocate, President of ACCA International, a human right based in Pakpattan District and serving persecuted Christians in Punjab province of Pakistan from years.

ACCA team told PCP that allegations against Sajjad Masih is that he has sent some blasphemy SMS to some people of Gujra through cell phone. The Police stated that the sim card is registered by the name of a Christian girl, Roma Illyas from Gujra.

Roma Illyas has admitted that sim card is registered on her name. Sajjad Masih has given his cell phone and Sims which have all the record of his callings and SMS to the Police.

The Police checked and interrogated his cell phone and Sims from PTA and found nothing in them but Sajjad Masih has been sent to the jail of Toba Tek Singh.