Pakistani Christian Professor Arrested for Blasphemy

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A 40-year-old Christian man was arrested for blasphemy in Lahore, Pakistan, and has been charged with insulting the Prophet Mohammad, the same offense that Christian mother-of-five Asia Bibi is facing the death penalty for.

Qaiser Ayub, a computer science professor, had been a fugitive for close to three years, Fides News Agency reported. He was charged in 2011 of having written blasphemous comments on his blog, and has been avoiding police ever since.

BosNewsLife added that Ayub is currently being held at a police station in the town of Talagang in Punjab’s Chakwal District.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill, national director of advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development, revealed that despite the threat of arrest, the professor had been teaching recently at a school in Lahore, which triggered the police warrant.

“We also request prayer for him,” Gill said, noting that his group will be providing legal assistance.

Ayub’s alleged violation of Pakistan’s Penal Code mirrors that of Bibi, who has been in prison for five years and is facing execution, unless the country’s Supreme Court reverses the decision. Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 for an incident where she was accused of blaspheming against Islam by a group of Muslim women…Read More

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