Update on Blasphemy Case in Gujrat‏

Five persons under blasphemy case are acquitted today from Anti-Terroism Court Gujranwala. The blasphemy case was registered by a complainant by Mukhtar Ahmed, Sub Inspector Civil Lines Police Gujrat on August 16, 2015. An FIR Number 972/15, under Anti-Terrorism Act 8/9 (for displaying and publishing written material which was threatening, abusive and insulting) also added Anti-Terrorism Act 11-W for instigating sectarian hatred and hurting religious sentiments & 295-A PPC (Pakistan Penal Code). 16 persons were nominated in said FIR; Pastor Aftab Gill, Unitan Fazal Gill, Pervaiz Masih Khokhar, Siraj Masih Khokhar, Shafqat Gill, Latif Masih, Pervaiz Gill, Mohsin Shafqat, Arshad Gill, Boota Baloch, Sharoon, Pervaiz Masih, Inderyas Masih, Emmanuel Masih, Bishop Asher Munawar and Hajaj Bin Yousaf (the owner of the press who printed the poster). Only seven faced Court trail in Anti-Terrorist Court; Pastor Aftab Gill, Shafqat Gill, Latif Masih, Unitan Fazal Gill, Mohsin Shafqat, Hajaj Bin Yousaf and Zulfqar, whereas the other nine were proclaimed offender (P-O) by the police.

CLAAS has taken up the case from August 2015 and on June 20, 2016 five persons were acquitted; Shafqat Gill, Latif Masih, Unitan Fazal Gill, Mohsin Shoukat, Zulifiqar whereas two persons Aftab Gill and Hajaj Bin Yousaf imprisoned for six years.