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Christian OAP charged with blasphemy in Pakistan

Thu 09 Feb 2017
By Premier Journalist

A Christian pensioner has been arrested for blasphemy after her refused to sell his land to a Muslim man.

According to anti-persecution charity Release International, Mukhtar Masih, 70, is accused of pinning a blasphemous letter to the door of a mosque in Gujanwala, Punjab.

The letter made derogatory remarks about the Koran and Muhammad.

Blasphemy is a crime punishable by death in Pakistan.


Population: 196.7 million (3.9 million Christians)

Main Religion: Islam

Government: Islamic republic

Open Doors World Watch List Rank: 4

Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism

An estimated 700 Christian women and girls are abducted every year in Pakistan

The Easter 2016 bombing in Lahore by the Taliban was aimed at Christians, and killed at least 69 people


Initially, Masih's entire family was detained - including his three grandchildren. All but Mr Masih were later released and have gone into hiding.

Mr Masih is still incarcerated.

Locals believe that the accusation is an attempt to seize his land.

Pakistan ranks as the fourth worst country in the world when it comes to the persecution of Christians, according Open Doors.

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