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Pakistan: Christian evangelist arrested for blasphemy

January 06, 2017

A Christian shopkeeper in Kamahan, Pakistan, has been detained on blasphemy charges after pages of the Qur’an—one with his name written on it—were found in the street.

The Pakistan Christian Post reported that Babu Shahbaz, 41, was accused of blasphemy by a rival shopkeeper. Police have been deployed to the area to prevent violence against Shahbaz’s family.

Shahbaz, who is illiterate, is also an evangelist who holds prayer meetings in his home. Increasing numbers of Muslims have sought his prayers for healing.

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 07, 2017 5:20 AM ET USA

    Does anyone know of a prohibition in the Quran against a Muslim lying to a non-Muslim? At least one other Middle-Eastern religion in its most holy writings does not prohibit this form of lying.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jan. 06, 2017 3:03 PM ET USA

    I have a Catholic friend from Pakistan who is unusual among Pakistani Christians in that she has an excellent education, which was possible because her father is Muslim and this shielded her and her siblings from much of the pervasive discrimination against Christians. She has often emphasized "Muslims lie." Not all Muslims lie, she says, but enough of them see it as perfectly legitimate.