Young Christian shopkeeper arrested under Blasphemy on accusation of burning Quran pages.


Faisalabad, Pakistan; July 3, 2009. (PCP report) A Christian shop owner Imran Masih aged 25 was arrested on July 1, 2009, on accusation of burning pages of Holy Quran

from Hajwery Town, a superb of Faisalabad city. He was charged under section 295 A and 295 B PPC of blasphemy laws subject to death penalty by local police and present in court of Magistrate Ghulam Akbar on July 2, 2009, who ordered Judicial remand of Imran Masih for 14 days and sent him to District Jail Faisalabad. According to PCP sources in Faisalabad, the Muslims owner of next shop shouted “Kafir is burning Holy Quran” “Muslims must kill this infidel” in minutes there was gathering of Muslims who strated beating Imran Masih. The police on round watched gathering and beating one person reached on spot and saved life of Imran Masih at 3:30 PM of July 1, 2009. At 4:00 PM, the announcements from the mosques incited Muslims to take revenge from Christians for this sacrilegious act. A large number of Muslims including clerics assembled, they staged a protest, blocked the roads, chanted slogans against Christians and demanded to hang Imran Masih in public. Details were revealed that on July 1, 2009, Imran Masih collected some rough papers and unnecessary books during cleaning up his shop, to dispose off. Before disposing off papers and books, he asked Haji Liaqat Abdul Gafoor (neighbouring shopkeeper) about the waste material including 6th Class Arabic book. Haji Liaqat Abdul Gafoor asked him to set the material on fire to avoid desecration of Holy pages. When Imran Masih set ablaze the papers and books, Haji Liaqat Abdul Gafoor started shouting that Imran Masih was burning the pages of the Holy Quran. The Christian residents of Hajwery Town and adjacent vicinities are in hiding by fear of attack by Muslims and situation is tense in Fasialabad.

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