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Rescue Christians Hires Legal Team to Overturn False Judgement and Life Sentence

On 13th July 2013, Sajjad Masih, a young Christian man was sentenced to Life in prison by Mian Shahzad Raza, the additional session Judge of Gojra. The Prosecution failed to provide any evidence against Sajjad. Despite the lack of such evidence, the judge still sentenced him to life in prison.

Sajjad Masih



Sajjad was accused – under the strict Blasphemy law – of violating section 295-C and 25-D of the Telegraph ACT and the FIR (criminal complaint) was registered by Tariq Saleem, who was the resident of Kot Ghulam Mohammad city Gojra.

On 29th Dec 2011, Sajjad Masih, through his lawyer Javed Masih, surrendered to Police as they were regularly harassing his family. The police tortured him to extract a confession for a so-called crime he did not commit.

Gojra City is a very sensitive area for blasphemy cases. Earlier in 2009, due to a similar case, Muslims set ablaze the Christian colony and eight people were burned alive. The fire was started from the Korian Village, Dist. Toba Tek Singh and hundreds of houses were turned to ashes. Many families fled their homes and shifted to other areas of the country.

The area is also known as the home of the banned militant organization – Lashkar e Jhangvi. It was reported earlier that the local government is backing up this organization and even after July 13th, when Sajjad Masih was sentenced, hundreds of Muslims protested on the road of Gojra city to change his sentence of life in prison to a death sentence. They put banners all over the Gojra city.

Banner in Gojra


“The Only punishment for the blasphemer; Cut his head from the body. Life in prison is not acceptable… not acceptable… not acceptable.”

Banner in Gojra City

“Immediately Hang the Blasphemer and revoke the lifetime imprisonment. Oh ruler, act sanely.”

After we found out other NGO’s had botched this sensitive case and by request from the family of Sajjad Masih we decided to provide resources and help to try and secure Sajjid’s release. We are now helping the persecuted young man and his family with a legal team. Our Lawyers Mr. Javed Masih advocate, Mr. Tariq Iqbal Advocate and Mr. Nadeem Hassan Advocate filed an appeal against the judgement dated 13/7/2013 in the High court Lahore. We are also filing an Acquittal Application in the High court of Lahore.


Sajjad Family and Legal Team.


It is quite unusual and surprising that two FIRs (criminal complaints) were registered against Sajjad Masih for the same offense (FIR number 820/2011 and 80/2012 under section 295-C). However, we believe that G-d will help us rescue Sajjad Masih and restore his freedom, reuniting him with his family.






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