Sawan Masih, a Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy back in 2013, has been released from captivity after seven years.
MNN reported on his case in 2013 and the extreme violence that followed his accusation. A mob of Muslims descended on the primarily Christian neighborhood of Joseph Colony after Masih’s accusation was broadcasted over the PA system.
Nehemiah of FMI says the motivations behind the violence weren’t exactly religious. “The government and business community wanted to grab this colony, this land. They wanted to build a factory on this land. So first, they tried to convince Christians of this area to leave this colony. When they refused, they just made a story and accused this guy Sawan. And they just accused him with a false charge of blasphemy and burned the whole town. Many churches, shops, and more than 200 Christian houses were burned. “
Masih was arrested. He also lost many family members in the devastating attack, Nehemiah says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray Masih will be able to leave the prison safely soon.
- Ask Christ to empower His people in Pakistan, even as they face horrible persecution.