Pakistan Christian Sentenced to Death – Why? For Being a Christian

Craig HueyChristian Persecution, Religious Liberty2 Comments

Across the Middle East and portions of Africa, Christians are being killed for violating “blasphemy” laws.

Let me explain.

One example is a Pakistan Christian who was sentenced to death for “blasphemy”.

Ashfaq Masih, 34, a motorcycle repair mechanic, was accused of “blasphemy” in June 2017 by a Muslim customer.

He was accused of declaring Jesus Christ as the only true prophet – a violation of the Muslim “blasphemy” law.

He was arrested shortly afterwards and has remained in prison since then.

The accusation followed a dispute in which the customer, Muhammad Irfan, refused to pay for the repair of his motorbike on the grounds of his Muslim faith.

Ashfaq insisted on payment as agreed, after which Irfan accused him of “blasphemy”, alleging that he described Jesus Christ as the only true prophet.

Two other Muslim men then filed a false information report to the police under Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) section 295-C. This section relates to “defiling the name” of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, which carries a mandatory death penalty.

“I am innocent,” Ashfaq protested in court. “The case against me is baseless, false and frivolous and framed against me just to destroy my business.”

The “blasphemy” laws in Pakistan are often used to make false accusations in order to settle personal grudges.

Christians are especially vulnerable, as simply stating their beliefs can be construed as “blasphemy” and the lower courts usually favor the testimony of Muslims, in accordance with sharia (Islamic law). Judges are often reluctant to acquit those accused of “blasphemy” for fear of reprisals.

“Blasphemy” laws have existed in the region since 1972 and were incorporated into Pakistan’s Penal Code at the country’s founding in 1947.

The laws were strengthened under the military government of General Zia-ul-Haq (in office 1978-1988) to include mandatory life imprisonment for desecration of the Quran (1982) and to allow the death sentence for defiling the name of Muhammad (1986).

A subsequent decision by Pakistan’s Supreme Court making the death sentence for “blasphemy” against Muhammad mandatory come into effect in 1991.

On June 8, the Lahore High Court upheld the death sentence of two Christian brothers – Qasir and Amoon Ayub – for alleged blasphemy.

Please pray for these devoted Christians.

Incidentally, both the United States Department of State and the Biden Administration have been silent about these injustices.

What do you think?

Email me at craig@electionforum.org

2 Comments on “Pakistan Christian Sentenced to Death – Why? For Being a Christian”

  1. It’s a sad reality regarding what is called, “blasphemy,” in places such as that; however, when WE as the US don’t speak up against the injustice, it will only be a matter of time until those SAME injustices befall us. We are truly living in the last days. These are the perilous times in which the Bible speaks. We are told of these persecutions, but sadly, America doesn’t recognize the power that cancel culture has taken. It has ABSOLUTELY evolved to become the cornerstone to restrict life HERE as well. I pray for these dear people; that they could feel God’s unwavering hand of strength and peace over them to endure. My prayer for America is that we RETURN to the standard of Holiness scripture teaches and find the compassion to care again for fellow man. Regardless the location, whether across the street or across the world, these are our brothers and sisters in Christ.

  2. this kind of thing will be in america before the turn of the century ! mainly because the lgbtq backers are extremely anti christian , regardless of the fact that christians may not agree with them , but also are`nt killing them ! they will side with islam solely because islam stands against christianity ! the lack of critical thinking and sanity on the left is mind numbing !

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