Pakistani Christian Pastor arrested under blasphemy denied bail.
31 Oct 2012
Sanghla Hill, Punjab: October 31, 2012. (PCP) Pakistani Christian Pastor arrested under blasphemy in Sanghla Hill town in Punjab province of Pakistan on October 13, 2012, was denied bail in a court hearing on October 30, 2012.
Pastor Karama Patras was arrested on accusations of blasphemy by police after taking him in preventive custody when Muslim extremist Mob attacked his home.
After 2 days FIR No. 475/12 was registered under the section 295-A PPC in Sanghla Hill Police Station District Ninkanasab, Punjab Pakistan on October 15, 2012
On evening of October 13, 2012, at 4:00pm, when Pastor Patras was holding prayers in house of a Christian family where some Christian people raised questions about the feast of sacrifice (Eid –Ul- Adha) and the meat of this sacrifice in Christianity.
Pastor Karma explained according to the bible references and gave some references from bible to satisfy the people. While he was briefing on that topic some Muslim people from the neighbors were also listening. They gathered other Muslim people and informed them about that discussion which Pastor Karma did in prayer.
After end of Prayer meeting, when Pastor Patras reached home, he heard appeals on mosques loudspeakers by area Muslim clerics calling for Muslims to join hands to punish infidel Pastor to teach him lesson for prohibition of this feast in Christianity.
The Muslim Imams said in mosque loudspeakers “Pastor Karma Patras is blasphemer and infidel liable to be killed” on which hundreds of Muslims attacked on home of Pastor Karma Patras.
The area police rushed to scene of incident and saved Pastor from mob that were mercilessly beating and kicking him and destroying his household.
On pressure of Muslim mob, the police arrested Pastor Patras under Section 295-A of blasphemy laws. Syed Zulqarnan Ali s/o Syed Hujer Bosay Shah R/o Mammind wali chak No. 111 is the petitioner of the case. The 30 family members of the Pastor Karma Patras also left their homes to save their lives, by the help of Ch. Baber Sohail Moma a worker of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) and now they are save.
Mr. Tahir Naveed Ch. Advocate MPA Punjab (Member of Parliament) also lawyer of Rimsha Masih case and Mr. Sultan John Advocate pleaded case of Pastor Patras and submitted the bail application before the court of Mr. Mansoor Qurashi Civil Judge Magistrate Sec. 30 of Sanghla Hill which was fix for hearing on October 25, 2012 and adjourned for October 30, 2012.