Pakistan: 5 Christians cleared of blasphemy charges; 2 convicted
June 21, 2016
Five Pakistani Christians were acquitted of blasphemy charges, but two others were given 6-year prison sentences, by an anti-terrorism court on June 20.
The court case, brought under laws that ban the instigation of sectarian hatred, arose when a Protestant cleric printed a poster that used the term rasul, an Arabic word meaning "prophet," in reference to his father, the founder of a local Christian community. Muslim leaders objected, and the pastor was arrested, along with more than a dozen members of his church, and held without bail. Pastor Aftab Gill and one other man, Hajaj Bin Yousaf, were found guilty on the blasphemy charge.
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