Pakistan: Christian Professor Arrested for Blasphemy
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Nov 18
A Christian professor in Pakistan has been arrested for blasphemy after writing what were considered blasphemous comments in his blog. Qaiser Ayub, 40, has now been charged with insulting the prophet Mohammad, the same charge that leveled against Asia Bibi.
The Christian Post reports that Ayub wrote the comments in his blog in 2011 and had been on the run from authorities for nearly three years.
Ayub is now being helding a police station in Talagang; he was recently discovered teaching at a Labore school.
The professor of computer science is represented by the advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development.
Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Legal Evangelical Association Development’s national director said that Ayub need prayer.
Gill also condemned the recent murder of a Pakistani Christian couple who had been accused of blasphemy.
"The couple was burned at the kiln furnace based on a false accusation of blasphemy.”
Gill continued, "The government must take immediate bold steps to repeal the blasphemy laws. The government has absolutely failed to protect its citizens' right to life and property. Christians in Pakistan are not safe as long as the current blasphemy laws exists. They are just misused to persecute them."
Publication date: November 18, 2014