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Court Acquits Three Christians of Blasphemy Charge

Although three Christians were acquitted in a blasphemy case recently, their lives are still under potential death threats by radicals.

This was confirmed by reliable sources.

A local judge in Rawalpindi acquitted the three, as the prosecutor failed to prove the case against them.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Sarfraz Akhter acquitted Hector Haleem, Basharat Masih and Robin Masih of the charges of sending blasphemous text messages.

The case was initiated against them last year by a Muslim, Ghufran Sialvi.

The court also initiated a criminal complaint against the investigating officer and the complainant after they failed to prove the charges against the accused.

Haleem’s daughter Mehwish posted online petitions and posts asking for support of her father’s release.

Haleem, 55, heads an NGO called Peace Worldwide.

Jawad Mazhar is a Pakistani journalist specializing in writing about Christian persecution. He was born on November 28, 1976 at Sargodha’s village Chak and raised in Sargodha, a city in Pakistan’s Punjab province. He earned his Bachelors Degree from Allama Iqbal Open University majoring in computer sciences and has taught at various educational institutes in his country. He is also involved with “Rays of Development,” an organization working for minority rights in Pakistan. He says, “My aim is to help eradicate Christian persecution through my writing as I bring the plight of these brave people under the spotlight of the whole world.”

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