A group of 20 persons intruded at Aneel residence, looted the house, asked to pay rupees 10 million as ransom otherwise they will accused him for committing blasphemy

Chaudhary Aneel Ashiq Mutto s/o Chaudhary Lal Masih is an Advocate by profession in Lahore High Court Lahore.  On July 16, 2015 a group of 20 armed people intruded in his house locked his family in house, looted the households and affixed Quranic verses on the room walls so later they can accused the family of committing blasphemy.

Aneel purchased the property of 59 Ata Turk Block, New Garden Town, Lahore from Mr. Fayyaz Ahmed s/o Ghulam Rasool, House No. 10, Union Park, Samanabad, Lahore against 17 million on July 06, 2014.  The said house is in his personal use to-date where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

On July 16, 2015, he was in Islamabad engaged in court matters when at 1:30 p.m. he received a call from his residence stating that Mr. Saeed Khalid Azad companied by 20 unknown people who were armed intruded his residence, at gunpoint locked his wife and both minor daughters and cousin Asif Javed and nephew Sarafraz Khan in a room.  Family shared that those unknown persons brought two loading vehicles and looted the household including furniture.  They affixed Quranic verses on the walls in the living room before leaving the house.  Aneel reached his home at 7:30 p.m. when his cousin and nephew shared about incident.

On the same day at about 9:30 p.m. Mr. Saeed Khalid Azad along with 10 to 15 people reached his residence again and asked to vacate this property as soon as possible or else pay a ransom of rupees 10 million as he can afford.  They also warned Aneel that if he will not pay the said money they accuse him for committing blasphemy against Islam under offence 295C PPC.  Those unknown people shared that they belongs to ‘Sipa Sahaba Terrorist Group’. They also remind Aneel about the results of blasphemy allegation that thousands of people gathered and burn off the family and never opponents received any punishment or gone through trial process.

Although Chaudhary Aneel has police protection at house but he still feels insecure as the group belong to ‘Terrorist Group’ and have strong influence of the police as well politicians in Pakistan.  This incident has restricted his movements and has also effected is carrier and earning as well.

Chaudhary Aneel approached Mr. M.A. Joseph Francis, MBE and National Director of CLAAS on July 27, 2015, and Mr. Francis and Mr. Sohail Habel and Mr. Saddique John visited his residence to collect the facts on July 28, 2015.

Reported by,

CLAAS Team