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Pakistani Christians jailed for sending blasphemous text messages

Catholic World News - July 23, 2013

A week after a Pakistani Christian was sentenced to life in prison for sending a blasphemous text message, a Christian couple has been jailed for sending blasphemous text messages to a Muslim.

Pakistan Today, a newspaper published in three Pakistani cities, reported that Shafqat Masih, a handicapped man, confessed to the crime before a magistrate but later maintained that he was forced to do so by police. His wife, Shagufta, has also been jailed.

The incident took place in Gojra, a city of 120,000 in eastern Pakistan that was the site of anti-Christian violence in 2009.

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