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Religious tension in Lahore after Christian is accused of blasphemy

Some 150 families of Joseph Colony in Badami Bagh police precincts were forced to abandon their homes on Friday after a local Christian youth was charged with blasphemy by area residents.

According to details, Sawan Masih was alleged of committing blasphemy by a local barber, Imran following which the police registered an FIR No 112/13 under Section 295-C against the Christian man.

Police sources told Pakistan Today that Imran accused Sawan of disrespecting the Holy Prophet (PBUH), provoking the local Muslims to attack houses of Christians. They said that Sawan managed to escape from the scene before the angry mob could harm him.

Police reached the venue as soon as they were intimated about the situation and managed to calm the mob by taking into custody Sawan’s father Chandar Masih.

At the police station, Chandar denied that his son had committed blasphemy saying they held the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in high esteem. He asked Imran to swear on the Holy Quran that his son had in fact said anything offensive against the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Badami Bagh Station House Officer Hafiz Abdul Majid told Pakistan Today that preliminary investigations showed that Imran had falsely accused Sawan of blasphemy but they were forced to register a case against the Christian youth to placate the furious mob who were pelting stones at Christians’ houses.

He said a heavy police contingent had been deployed in the area to prevent violence. “Some religious elements are trying to exploit the situation for their vested interests but we will try and ensure that no person is harmed by such elements who only want to foment religious strife,” he added.



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22 Comments

  1. Ahmed Nawaz said:

    Daikh sunn k yar…Yeh na ho baad mein pata chalay k yeh bhi aik planned drama tha against Christians,….

    • Argghh said:

      Why so much intolerance that though police is accepting it is a false still FIR is lodged just to pacify crowd…..

      • Jesusson said:

        Arggg,they are intolerant becos the demon of Islam occupies their hearts! If it is Jesus Christ that occupies their hearts,there will be peace and love.I pray that God will open their understandings to behold their wickedness & ignorance.

    • virkaul said:

      Drama, what else do you think it was? These savages must be arrested, tried and put behind bars to harass an already subjugated community.

  2. Broad Analyst said:

    Such muslims with rotten mindset are in fact denigrating & defaming Islam more by their reprehensible and sinister behaviour than tho
    se Christians.

  3. Ahmed Nawaz via Face said:

    Daikh sunn k yar…Yeh na ho baad mein pata chalay k yeh bhi aik planned drama tha against Christians,….

  4. Alex said:

    I promise readers that I will be communicating with my senators and representatives in Congress to deman: NO AID TO PAKISTAN IN 2013.
    Based on news reports I have concluded that Pakistan is ruled by mobs of blood-lusted savages, supported by weak political government, ignored by strong but ineffectual military, and policed by a weak-kneed police force.
    Pakistan is definitely a Third World country.

    • Johnny Issa said:

      Please do so Alex, We don't really need US aid here, as it is often misused and we the Pakistani people are indebted for no good reason to the US.
      It is time for us to stand on our own feet without any aid from international donors like US aid.
      BTW, most of the USAID funding is directed to terrorists, uneducated Mullahs, corrupt politicians etc. Basically all the US Tax dollars paid by the American public are misused not only by the receivers but also by those American organisations that donate them. So, PLEASE do us a favour and tell your good senators to stop sending us US tax dollars. I would suggest it be used in USA for the benefit of those unfortunate, poor US citizens for whom the money is actually meant for.

      Thanks in anticipation of your success in this issue

  5. najma said:

    All these are conspiracy against peace of pakistan.

  6. Shehzad said:

    Alex,

    Hats off to u bro. Theses aids from US is used to plan bombs againts US interest, kill U soldiers in Afghanitan, and kill minorities in Pakistan.

    NO AID TO PAKISTAN, GO BEG FROM SAUDIA.

  7. almond said:

    Christians themselves rejoice at the sight of Sikhs, Hindus, Jews, Shias, … being persecuted/killed/raped/kidnapped in Pakistan. Obviously they never heard the poem “First they came …”.

  8. Susie Greer said:

    Rumors. The word of another chose the faith of this young man of supposedly saying of blaspheming. I would give you the transcript of the conversation to defend this young man but it would EMBARRASS so many people. Next time I will publish the truth in every newspaper in the Middle East.
    Susie Greer, USA, Georgia

  9. Sana Askari said:

    Christian community should not take this lying down. They should make their voice and protest heard loud and clear, but avoid damaging public property.
    The CM unjab said, that people of Josph colony, were taken out safely before attack.
    it means he knew, that they are going to be attacked, why he not stopped them,
    why not call more police, why he was not available there
    CM must resign, and leave politics immediately
    ,Where are the secular shouting brigades led By Pakistani Media Anchors Kamran khan Talat Hssain Kashif abbasi

  10. Tariq said:

    Where are the secular shouting brigades led By Pakistani Media Anchors Kamran khan Talat Hssain Kashif abbasi. We Are Christian We Want know your response through yours programs Than we know your fairness about the issues. Now your time has been started because its Monday

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