BIG BREAKING NEWS – GOES INTO HIDING: Family of Christian Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy Goes into Hiding [#PakistanPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 10/25
The wife and family of Asif Pervaiz have gone into hiding after Asif Pervaiz was sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy.
Asif Pervaiz was awarded the death sentence on September 8, 2020, nearly 7 years after his arrest.
“She is in hiding because she feels threatened. She is trying to keep her three sons and daughter safe.”
– Release International, an organization that supports persecuted Christians
On October 2, 2013, a Muslim named Saeed Ahmeed Khokar accused Asif Pervaiz of sending him blasphemous text messages from his mobile phone.
Blasphemy charges under Sections 295-A, 295-B, and 295-C of Pakistan’s Penal Code were registered against Asif Pervaiz at the Green Town Police Station in Lahore.
When Asif Pervaiz became aware of the charges, he went into hiding.
On October 9, 2020, after a week of searching for Pervaiz, police arrested several of Asif Pervaiz’s relatives, including 2 brothers-in-law and his mother, Naseem Akhtar.
According to Naseem Akhtar, police told her they would kill Asif Pervaiz when they found him unless she helped them located her son.
Naseem Akhtar led the police to the home of Waseem Anwar, Asif Pervaiz’s brother.
There, police beat Waseem Anwar until he confessed to knowing where Asif Pervaiz was hidden. On October 10, 2013, Asif Pervaiz was arrested by police in Sahiwal.
According to Asif Pervaiz’s family, Asif Pervaiz and Saeed Ahmeed Khokar were coworkers at a garments factory named Shami Textile, located in the Youhanabad neighborhood of Lahore.
At work, Saeed Ahmeed Khokar often pressured Asif Pervaiz to convert to Islam, which Asif Pervaiz refused.
Prior to October 2, 2020, Asif Pervaiz reportedly lost his mobile phone’s SIM card and did not request the company to deactivate it.
According to Asif Pervaiz’s family, Saeed Ahmeed Khokar used the lost SIM card to send the blasphemous text messages he used to register a false accusation against Asif Pervaiz.
In Pakistan, false accusations of blasphemy are widespread and often motivated by personal vendettas or religious hatred.
Accusations are highly inflammatory and have the potential to spark mob lynchings, vigilante murders, and mass protests.
Family of Christian Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy in Pakistan Goes into Hiding:
International Christian Concern
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