19-Year-Old Christian Man Arrested in Pakistan on Charges of Blasphemy After Argument With Muslim Neighbor Over Cricket Match

A 19-year-old Christian man was arrested in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy, which is punished with the death penalty in the South Asian nation.

The young man, Sunny Waqas, is studying health sciences at a high school in Bahawalnagar, Punjab Province.

The charges include possession of blasphemous material about the Prophet Muhammad. In reality, the accusations came from a Muslim neighbour over a cricket match.

The young man was arrested on 29 June as he was playing at the back of a friend’s house. The police charged him with violating 295-C of the Pakistani Penal Code, more commonly known as the blasphemy law, which punishes insults against the Holy Prophet (Muhammad).

The Voice Society association reports that the family began searching for him after his arrest, worried that he had not come home. When the parents went to the police station, they were told that no one by the name of Sunny was in custody and that they should look elsewhere.

Only the next day, were they informed that their neighbour Bilal Ahmad had filed a complaint against their son. According to police, the young man had a bag with flyers and other blasphemous material inside.

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SOURCE: AsiaNews