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Blasphemy accusations often lead to riots. - Photo: World Watch Monitor
Blasphemy accusations often lead to riots.
Photo: World Watch Monitor

Two Christian brothers, Qaisar and Amoon Ayub, have been in Jhelum Jail since 2015 on accusations of blasphemy. The allegations go back to 2009 for website material that was considered offensive against Islam. On December 14th, the brothers received notice that they had been convicted and sentenced to death. For security reasons, the two did not appear in court for the sentencing.

The brothers are being represented by members of the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), who believe that the conviction may have been influenced by threats against the judge. They intend to appeal the decision to the Lahore High Court as soon as possible. CLAAS-UK director Nasir Saeed stated: "Because of threats from hardliners, lower courts pass their responsibility to the higher court and then it takes years to prove the accused innocent. We have seen this in the recent case of Asia Bibi.... I am afraid now Qaisar and Amoon will have to wait years to get justice."

Qaisar is married with three children. Amoon is married to a school teacher in Lahore. For more information on the situation facing Christians in Pakistan, go to our country report.

Please lift up Qaisar and Amoon as they face an uncertain future in prison. Also remember Qaisar's wife Amina and their children, along with Amoon's wife Huma, during these long days of separation and lack of spousal/paternal support. Also continue to remember Asia Bibi, who has been acquitted and released, but remains in hiding from militants seeking her life. Pray that the governments and courts in Pakistan will take the bold step of standing up and removing the blasphemy laws; and that the general public will realize the injustice and suffering these harsh laws cause many accused victims and their families.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC partners to train Christian women in sewing skills throughout Pakistan to provide a sustainable source of income for their families and encourage them in their faith and witness for Christ.

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Women’s Ministry

Country Information

Population
238,181,034 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Punjabi (44.7), Pashtun [Pathan] (15.4), Sindhi (14.1), Saraiki (8.4) Muhajirs (7.6) Balochi (3.6), Other (6.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (96.5), Other - Christian and Hindu (3.5)

Leader
President Arif Alvi (2018)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Common law system with Islamic law influence

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Pakistan

Pray that amendments will be made to Pakistan's existing blasphemy laws so that the country's citizens – including its children – will be protected from injustice and abuse. May our Lord's mercy and justice prevail, not only in the judiciary system but also in the hearts of the country's militants. Ask Him to transform their "hearts of stone" into hearts that are receptive to His love, mercy and the workings of His Holy Spirit – not only for the purpose of protecting the Christian minority but also for the salvation of their own eternal souls.

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