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Court drops charges of blasphemy for first time in Pakistan

Bahawalnagar: October 18, 2017. (PCP) In a social media video, Tv Host Waqar Zaka reported that the blasphemy charges against the three have been dropped and FIR has been quashed against the accused. The video in social media he pointed out some things which were contradict with the actual facts of the case according to him by the video. He also took Shaan Taseer with iron hands to contradict his version on the case.

Facts of the video:

As per the video contents, he got to gather the local journalists in the Police Station, Dunga Bunga where three accused are also present and he is focusing on the main offence mention 295-C PPC and also focusing on Shaan Taseer and his organization in a negative way. But he did not disclose the truth about the incident and how and why the blasphemy charges have been dropped etc.

The facts of the case:

As per the contents of the FIR No.341/17 registered on 28-09-2017 under sections 435,295-B,201 and 109 PPC( Pakistan Penal Code) at Police Station Dunga Bunga, Bahawalnagar and the time of occurrence of incident is mentioned 04:15 PM and time of reporting is mentioned 04:40 PM .The complainant is the State through Sub Inspector Pervaiz Iqbal, stated that he was on duty in the procession of Muharam Alharam and Shamshad Hussain, a journalist, called on his mobile phone number and informed that Vishal Tariq and Bhola Ram had burned the Government records, which was kept in Government residential Quarters at Civil hospital Dunga Bunga, at about 10/11 PM on 27-09-2017 and some Quranic material has also been burned-out and when the complainant along with other police officials reached the place occurrence, there were a number of media persons and some other persons were present who disclosed when Bhola Ram and Vishal had burned some old rough government records in which some material related to Quranic verses was also burned. Some Quranic verses material burned and some unburned was handed over to the head clerk of the Hospital Dunga Bunga namely Ajmal by the accused.

The same incident was given into the notice of Dr. Kashif Nazir and he sent a written complaint to Police Station and got registered a case FIR No.340/2017, under section 435 PPC and he deliberately hid the issue of burning material of Quranic verses.

The fact of commission of the offence of burning material of Quranic verses:

Both the FIR and Video proved that the offence of invoking blasphemy charges under section 295-B PPC has been committed and in the video statement of Bhola Ram shows the offence of burning material of Quranic verses was committed by the accused.

Legal and social Facts:

The incident was happened of burning Official records of Hospital on 27-09-2017 at 10/11 PM and FIR No.340/17 was registered under section 435 PPC without disclosing the fact that any Quranic verses material was burned in the written application of Doctor Kashif Nazir.

The second FIR No.341/17 was registered under sections 435,295-B,201 and 109 PPC, when the police was informed by a local journalist that the material of Quranic verses was burned at the time of burning government old records of Hospital on second day. In this way the case was further inquiry as well as came under the provision of Double Jeopardy which automatically showed the bad intention of the complainant and the case was false, frivolous and bogus against the accused and registered on the instigation of local journalist.

The fact of dropping charges of blasphemy under section 295-B PPC:

According to the FIR No.341/17, the crime of abetment under section 109 is invoked to investigate who have given the old government records for destroying to the sweepers for burning and the offence under

section 201of causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender, is committed by Doctor Kashif Nazir. In this way, there was a possibility of being booked, a large number of influential Muslim persons including Doctor and they would have to face the same charges of the offences which made possible the blasphemy charges against three men to be dropped and the three accused included two Christians namely Vishal Tariq, Adil Saleem Masih and a Hindu Bhola Ram were reportedly released and set free.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill, HRD lawyer and head of LEAD, has sent this report after going through the contents of the both FIR and video virile on social media, he and his other members of LEAD had also been accused of sharing blasphemous contents on social media by the supporters of Mumtaz Hussain Qadri ,who was hanged to death of murdering ex-Governor Salman Taseer in the month of February 2016.Hence on October 6,2017,the group has issued a press release concerning to the BLOG ‘Website’ Legal Evangelical Association Development do not have any blasphemy contents on it and its related other social media accounts Twitter and Facebook which is being operated by LEAD or its any member including Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender and Lawyer who is also founder of this group.