In Pakistan, the ramifications of a Christian being accused of blasphemy are huge and many. If found guilty, the desecration of the Quran carries a punishment of life imprisonment, whilst the defiling of Muhammad’s name in punishable by death. The accused, together with their family, local Christian community and legal team, also stand at serious risk of vigilante violence. Even in prison they usually have to be held in solitary confinement for their own protection. This danger remains even if they are acquitted or the charges are dropped, with zealous Muslims seeking to please Allah by killing the blasphemer, especially if they believe the name of Muhammad has been defiled. This means that anyone accused under the laws has to leave their neighbourhood forever.
Barnabas Fund with christian lawyers are battling Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws…. Read more…..