Christian Man Accused of Blasphemy: Mob Violence Erupts in Punjab Village Over Dispute with Imam

Farrukh Saif

June 21, 2024

Mob Violence in Village

In a disturbing incident in a village, Kotli Syedan Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan. A Christian man was accused of blasphemy following a dispute over the transaction of sacrificial skins with the local Imam. The incident has caused tensions and violence in the area.

The Christian man Wasim Masih had negotiated with the mosque’s imam to purchase sacrificial skins. He had paid an advance of 15,000 rupees to the Imam. However, when it came time to collect the goods, the Imam reportedly backed out of the agreement, selling the skins to someone else at a higher profit. This betrayal led to a heated argument between Wasim and the Imam, during which he demanded the return of his advance payment.

Angered by the demand and the ensuing argument, the Imam retaliated by making a public announcement in the mosque, accusing Wasim of blasphemy. He alleged that Wasim had insulted their religion, inciting the villagers against him.

Following the announcement, a mob of angry villagers gathered, and fearing for their safety, Wasim and his family fled the scene. The situation quickly escalated, with the mob resorting to violence.

Local sources report that the atmosphere in the village remains extremely tense. The incident has sparked fear among the Christian community, and local authorities are reportedly monitoring the situation closely to prevent further violence.

This tragic event highlights the precarious situation of religious minorities in the region and the dangerous consequences of blasphemy accusations. The misuse of such allegations to settle personal disputes endangers lives and disrupts communal harmony.

Authorities are urged to investigate the incident thoroughly and ensure the safety and protection of all Christian families involved, particularly the vulnerable Christian community in the village.

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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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