Arif Yousuf, Victim of Blasphemy Law in Pakistan, Finally Released

Farrukh Saif

July 25, 2015

Victim of Blasphemy -Arif Yousaf

Arif Yousaf’s Release After Blasphemy Accusations. For many years, victims of blasphemy accusations in Pakistan found themselves helpless and abandoned due to the lack of moral, financial, and legal support. However, since our emergence on the scene, things have changed drastically, and justice is now being served impartially.

Milestone Achievement:

For the past six years, Farrukh Saif’s team has proven to be one of the most effective in protecting individuals facing blasphemy charges in Pakistan. Today, we mark another milestone as we secure the acquittal of Mr. Arif Yousuf, a Pakistani Christian falsely accused of manufacturing crackers with pages from the Quran. Authorities had charged him under Blasphemy Act 295-C in October 2013, and he confronted the looming threat of a death sentence. We successfully demonstrated the groundlessness of these charges against Arif, leading to his release after enduring 1 year and 9 months in prison with the constant threat of the death penalty. Let us not forget to express our gratitude to Additional Session Judge Wazirabad, “Iftekhar Hussain Cheema,” for granting justice, albeit belatedly.

False Accusations:

In the case of Arif Yousuf and Tariq Yousuf, Mr. Muzammil Malik and Mr. Khurram Shahzad falsely accused both brothers under Pakistan’s blasphemy law on October 25, 2013. They claimed that the crackers they purchased from the two accused brothers contained Quranic pages, which Pakistan’s law considers an insult to Islam and punishes with a death sentence.

Preventing Violence:

News of the incident quickly spread in Wazirabad, and as usual, an angry Muslim mob threatened to target the entire Christian community by setting their homes on fire. Upon receiving information from a close friend, our team promptly arrived at the conflict area and handled the situation with wisdom. It was only through our determined efforts and negotiations that Pakistani authorities were able to prevent the angry mob from inciting a riot. We thank Almighty God that we were able to prevent another violent incident like Gojra.

The Fight for Truth:

Unfortunately, the authorities arrested Arif Yousuf due to pressure from the angry mob, but his brother Tariq Yousuf successfully relocated to a safe country. Farrukh Saif’s team then devoted all its energy and efforts to investigate the matter and establish Arif Yousuf’s innocence. As Christians, we believe that as long as we hold the truth, we need not worry, no matter how formidable the challenge may be. Lord Jesus Christ heard our prayers, and Christians finally brought the truth about false accusations of blasphemy in Pakistan to light.  And after more than a year and a half Arif Yousaf’s Release After Blasphemy Accusations.

Continuing the Mission:

Farrukh Saif’s team has proven to be a genuine Christian organization that works tirelessly on the ground, despite the high risk of harm, to aid those accused of blasphemy. Life is exceedingly difficult and uncertain for minority Christians in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, but “WE” will continue to fight for the thousands of tearful eyes and broken families who long for justice, respect, rights, and dignity. May God grant us the strength to carry on with our mission. Amen.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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