Sajjad Masih sentenced to life in prison on accusation of blasphemy in Pakistan
Lahore: (PCP) Sajjad Masih accused of blasphemy, FIR number No 820/2011, under section 295 C PPC, lodged in Police Station City Gojra, on December 28, 2011, was sentenced to life imprisonment by District and Session Judge Gojra today.He was in District Jail Toba Tek Singh after arrest on allegation of sending blasphemous SMS to one Muslim named Malik Tariq Saleem, a citizen of Gojra.
The city police of Gojra in league with some fundamental Muslims made baits against Christian boy Sajjad Masih, member of Seventh Day Adventist Church Pakpattan, and arrested him in that false allegation. The case was sent in the court of Main Shahzad Raza, Additional Sessions Judge Gojra, for trail of the case.
The prosecution had failed to prove the case against Sajjad Masih. In spite of failure of prosecution in that case, Main Shahzad Raza, Judge of the Court, announced his judgment on 13th July, 2013 and sentenced him life imprisonment.
The prosecution failed to produce any evidence against Sajjad Masih. The alleged SIM and mobile were not recovered by the police, and no record of purchasing and selling in the Zong franchise was taken into the possession by the police. There was also no eye witness in this case produced in the trail court.
Javed Chaudhry Sahotra, Advocate High Court, was defense counsel on behalf of accused Sajjad Masih, who appeared before the trail court and argued the case with strong points.
The Defense council Javed Sahotra pointed out that that was the case of defected investigation according to under section 156 CrPC, Asif Nadeem , sub inspector and Aftab Saddique , inspector had no authority to investigate the case 295c. So investigation conducted by these police officers was fake and nullity in the eyes of law. But the said judge announced the life imprisonment sentence to Sajjad Masih.
ACCA TEAM and Seventh Day Adventist Church members at Pakpattan are with great hope from God that he will save His Child from the valley of death. We have been continuously praying for Sajjad Masih, his defense counsel, Javed Chaudhry Sahotra and his family. Now the door of acquittal for Sajjad Masih is going to be opened in High Court. Pastor Yaqoob Amanat, Evangelist Nadeem Hamid and other made their efforts a lot in this case.