Christian Man Sentenced to Death Over Blasphemous WhatsApp Message

Last year in July, a Pakistani Christian man in Lahore sent a blasphemous poem to his Muslim friend on Whatsapp. He was summarily referred to a court by his friend who found the contents of the message offensive.

Today, Nadeem James, the accused, was handed the death sentence by the court over that case.

“James was handed a death sentence by the court on Thursday on blasphemy charges,”  – Defence lawyer Anjum Wakeel.

According to the petitioner Yashir Bashir, who was sent the blasphemous text, the contents of the message were insulting towards many religious figures including the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Anjum Wakeel, the defence lawyer for James, has a different version of events. According to him, James was wrongly framed by his former friend Bashir who suspected that James was having an affair with a Muslim girl.

Trial Held in Prison Over Security Fears

Given the sensitive nature of the case and the highly charged atmosphere, the law enforcement authorities had no option but to hold James’ trial inside a prison. They believed that after the countless threats hurled by the clerics in the area against James and his family, it was prudent to have the trial carried out in a secure place.

Blasphemy cases in the country have often triggered mob violence and damage to property, with the accused losing their lives before their cases concluded more often than not. In 2014, a Christian couple was tragically murdered at a brick kiln they worked at in Punjab after false accusations were hurled at them. Some people in the area who had a personal enmity with the couple falsely accused them of desecrating the Holy Quran.

via Tribune

    • A little correction, not just zalil in** Pakistan but all “zalils” on planet Earth who are involved in blasphemy.

  • OH MY GOD WHAT THE HECK. Man I’m a Muslim too okay, and last time I checked Islam says that non Muslims should be allowed to practice their religion freely under a Muslim rule. Yes Pakistan is an Islamic state , and blasphemy is a serious of fence, but a DEATH penalty is TOO MUCH YAAR. I never knew we had a law like that..

    • This wasn’t about practicing their religion freely, this is another matter! This is about Blasphemy intentionally committed by this fellow. This was done with an intent and it was brought to court by the person to whom the message was sent to and trialed under Blasphemy laws!

    • Bhai pakistani, pleas improve your knowledge, this law is prevailing form last 1400 years. we didn’t make it after Independence. We didn’t insult any of their elders how they can Insult ours.

    • for your kind information, Islam protect the life of everyone,…even life of children…but balsphemy is not acceptable by any mean..Islam order to hang everyone who do this

  • Guys idk I’m disturbed, our Prophet(PBUB) was always forgiving .. why do we have a law like that, who made it?? Did this law exist when Quaid i Azam was alive??

    • True, he (SAW) was always forgiving just as Jesus was. To give an example, When Catholic Church was in power in Europe, if anyone was to challenge the doctrine of Trinity he would be burned alive at stakes!

    • for your kind information, Islam protect the life of everyone,…even life of children…but balsphemy is not acceptable by any mean..Islam order to hang everyone who do this anywhere

  • Whatsaap hacking is the easiest thing on internet, It will be even more easier if the target is your own friend, Just a whatsaap mesg can’t prove that it was sent by the person himself, If someone intentionally wants to trap someone in blasphemy case he case do it easily.
    We Christians of Pakistan respect Islam as we respect Christianity.

    • In this day and age it is pretty easy to create fake messages, if whole trial was concluded based on one message, our justice system really needs to evolve.. This is pretty disturbing for minorities.

      • death sentence is not easy to give specially when whole world media is watching and reporting the case. Also how can u say that the court didn’t take into account fake massages and hacking factor. Grow up man its a death sentence not NAWAZ Sharif IQAMA.

    • GOD only created ISLAM, all other religions are made by illegal Lucifer dear. Torah in 100pc pure form is ISLAM, Muslim prophet Moses (P.B.U.H) preached only ISLAM. Similarly, Bible in 100pc pure form is ISLAM, Muslim prophet Jesus Christ (P.B.U.H) preached only ISLAM. Now QURAN is the last and the final testament, which every sane & peaceful human being should follow, nothing else.

    • LOL tell that to the british police and information dept who were not able to get into the attacker whatsapp messages. Anyway i request all the religious minority in Pakistan to stay away from religious incitement. Just try living in one piece and don’t provoke religious violence .

  • پاکستان میں آج کل بالکل وہی صورتحال چل رہی ہے جس طرح پندرہویں صدی عیسوی میں یورپ میں عیسائیت کے پوپ اور پادریوں نے پیدا کر رکھی تھی.
    مجھے یقین ہے ہماری آنے والی نسلیں اتنی مہذب اور کھلے ذہن کے ہونگے کہ وہ ہماری انہی حماقتوں کی وجہ سے ہم پر خوب ہنسے گے.

    • یقیناً آپ کی ہی نسلیں ایسی ہوں گی جو آپ پر ہنسیں گی ہمیں ایسی نسلیں نہیں چاہئے۔ ہم اپنی نسل کو بڑون کی عزت اور احترام کرنے والا بنائیں گے۔ نہ کہ ان پر ہنسنے والا۔ انشاء اللہ

      • مستقبل میں مذہب جیسے جہالت اور بیوقوفی کے لیے کوئی گنجائش نہیں.
        مذہب پر چل کر انسان صرف نقصان ہی اٹھاتا ہے اگر وہ غیر جانبدار ہو کر سوچے تو یہ بات آسانی سے سمجھ میں آتی ہے.
        وقت گزرنے کے ساتھ بنی نوع انسان ذہین اور عقلمند ہوتے جاتے ہیں جس سے معاشرے میں پہلے سے موجود توہمات اور خلاف عقل و فطرت رسومات کا خاتمہ ہوتا ہے.

        • تو تم مذہب پر یقین نہیں رکھتے پھر تو تم سے اس موضوع بحث کرنا ہی فضول ہے۔ تم یہ بتاؤ کہ یہ ساری کائنات کیا خود ہی بن گئی ہے۔

          • اگر کائنات خود نہیں بن سکتی تو پھر اس کا بنانے والا خود کیسے بن گیا؟
            بڑی آسان سے بات ہے اگر آپ ضد چھوڑ دیں تو.

            • I’m surprised how your comment is still on this blog.

              You must change your name, it is very Islamic.

  • Yes u r right. CIA militant terrorist organization, they had killed so many innocent civilians who belonged to minorities ethnicity. Lame stream media not gonna talk abt American and illegal Israeli war crimes against humanity.

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