Urgent prayer request from Pakistan

CLAAS, the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement in Pakistan, is supported by the Methodist Church in Britain through prayer, partnership and an annual grant from the World Mission Fund. CLAAS offers legal support to Christians in Pakistan who have been accused under the infamous Blasphemy Laws. This is a recent update from the CLAAS office on the cases of some of those whom they are currently supporting:

It was the court hearing of Younis Masih's case today on 26 February 2013 for the final arguments on the appeal against punishment (death sentence). Mr. Joseph Francis National Director CLAAS was personally present in court along with CLAAS lawyer's team consisting of Mr. Naeem Shakir Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Tahir Bashir Advocate High Court, Mr. Nasir Anjum Advocate High Court, Mr. Tanveer Gill Advocate High Court and CLAAS staff Mr. Asher Sarfraz (Field Officer), Mr. Sohail Habel (Accounts Officer) and Court Clerks Aqeel and Ayaz, were all present in court.

The leading lawyer, Mr. Naeem Shakir, started arguments before the honorable Mr. Justice Kh. Imtiaz Ahmad and Mr. Justice Ali Baqar Najafi (Lahore High Court double bench which continued for 1 hour 30 minutes). The opponent lawyer and the State Lawyer tried to interrupt but the Judges asked them to wait and heard the arguments of of Younis Masih's defence lawyer. At 1: 30 pm the court was adjourned and a further hearing on this case is fixed for tomorrow 27 February 2013.

We would also like to inform you that CLAAS has taken up the legal case of Martha Bibi a victim of blasphemy laws, which is also fixed for February 27 2013 for trial in the Session Court of Lahore.

Zaffar Bhatti /Ghazala Khan Blasphemy case is fixed on February 27 2013 in the High Court of Lahore for the hearing on Ghazala Khan's pre-arrest bail.

Dear prayer brother and sisters we strongly ask your prayers for the release of these brothers and sisters who are involved in fake blasphemy accusations and suffering for years. Their families live in hiding and hardly have enough to eat and live.

Pray for the learned judges, May the Lord our God give them courage to give fair findings and bold decisions in these cases and that God give wisdom to the lawyers to speak courageously while they argue in court for these victims of faith. 

In solidarity,

CLAAS Team.

 

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