Today an innocent 25-year-old Christian worker called Khurram Masih has been arrested under false blasphemy charges. Mr Masih is a resident Qazi, near Lahore (in Punjab), and is a newly wed of only 2 months. He was working at the residence of the Muslim Abdul Majeed hired as a professional mason.
Last night, after work, Masih burned pieces of wood and paper, basically waste material. The owner Abdul Majeed, saw the fire and began to cry out that Khurram Masih had ripped and burned parts of the Koran.
Other Muslim workers apprehended Mr Masih and escorted him to the local police station. Abdul Majeed filed a complaint for blasphemy against Khurram, which was oficially registered this morning with the First Information Report No. 1112/11 for the violation of article 295b of the Pakistan Penal Code (Quran desecration).
Many religious leaders and human rights activists tried to intervene on behalf of Khurram Masih, but to no avail. Khurram remains in custody and will appear before a court tomorrow.
Extremist groups have staged demonstrations, announcing that "a Christian has desecrated the Koran and must be punished".
The BPCA is concerned about the safety of this prisoner who will no doubt suffer prison torture and community retribution if freed. We call for the Police authority of Pakistan to protect this innocent man from any danger and for a fair trial to proceed.
We also call for prayer for this situation, that it might not escalate into another innocent attack on persecuted Christians. Pray for swift justice and a safe future for Khurram.