FAISALABAD: Yet another case of blasphemy has been registered in Punjab province of Pakistan. This time it is in an area Elahiabad, adjacent to Faisalabad where six Christians have been booked by the police for allegedly blaspheming against Islamic poetry.

According to the First Information Report (FIR), the Christians include Fayaz Masih, Riaz Masih, Imtiaz Masih, Sarfaraz Masih, Saqib Masih and Mrs Riaz.

The FIR has been filed by a Muslim resident of the area. Munawwar Shahzad claims that the Christians not only dishonoured the poetry glorifying Islam’s Holy Prophet but also stopped him from writing Kalma (Muslims’ declaration of faith) on the wall.

On the other hand, a local human rights activist Pervez Hayat has strongly rejected the allegations, terming them baseless and false. He said that the conflict began when the kids of the Muslim and Christian families fought in the street over a kite, and later took the religious turn.

Hayat revealed that it were the Muslims who wanted to teach the Christians a lesson by removing Bible’s words on the local church’s wall and write the Kalma there instead. This turned the conflict violent as the Christians were also provoked by this action.

Police registered the FIR against 6 Christians under Section 295-A of Pakistan Penal Code whereby the suspects have been alleged of disrespecting the religious faith of a community. If the allegations turn out to be correct, the suspects can be jailed for up to 10 years. Police started the investigations after arresting two people.

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