The blasphemy case no one’s interested in!


The complainant of a blasphemy case registered at Mobina Town Police Station on October 10, 2012, has been in hiding for last three months, Pakistan Today has reliably learnt.

Muhammad Khursheed Alam, son of Sultan Alam Siddiqui – chief manager (budget) at the Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL), had lodged FIR numbered 432/12 against 15-year-old Ryan, son of Robina Bryan – wife of a superintendent at SSGCL, for sending blasphemous text messages to some Muslims of the SSGCL Officers’ Colony located at Main University Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

Ryan and his mother Robina left their house in SSGCL Officers’ Colony after the teenager was charged for sending blasphemous text messages. Interestingly, the complainant has also been in hiding for the last three months. When the scribe visited the Mobina Town Police Station, police officials said there were no whereabouts of Khursheed Alam.

In his statement recorded with the police, Alam said that he had received a blasphemous text message from Ryan’s number on the evening of October 9, 2012. He told police that Ryan had also sent the same text message to his friend, Farooq. He said that he approached the cleric at the colony’s mosque, and went to Robina’s house along with Qari Muhammad Riaz and cleric’s son Saad Qadir.

He claimed in his statement that Ryan had accepted forwarding the blasphemous text to some Muslim friends, but that he had not read the message. “Ryan told me that he received this text from his friend Samuel, but when he was asked to show the message in his cell, he replied that he had deleted the SMS,” Alam told police. “We came out of Robina’s house and decided to inform the high-ups next day and returned to our houses,” Alam said, adding that they narrated the story to SSGPL A/GM Transmission Mansoor Ahmed and HR Coordinator Mian Naeem, but “they advised us to be patient and that they would inform us about the company’s decision after consultation”.

A police official said that a challan had been submitted but the complainant had apparently disappeared from the scene. He said that police tried to reach Alam but he was neither attending telephone calls nor visiting the police station after registering the FIR. He said that Sub Inspector Muhammad Bux was investigating the case, but he had also been transferred to another police station.

The FIR was registered Section 295-C, 7ATA, 25 Telegraph Act of Pakistan Panel Code (PPC) at the Mobina Town Police Station. It was mentioned in the report that the station investigation officer (SIO) would probe the case, but there is no SIO at the Mobina Town Police Station. Later, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Bux was tasked to investigate the case, but later he was also transferred to another police station.

When approached, Bux said that he had no idea about Khursheed Alam. He said that the accused and his mother had also disappeared from the scene. “I have left the Mobina Town Police Station, and you should contact the SIO of that police station for further details,” he added.