2/18/2016 Pakistan (Daily Mail)
A Christian man and his wife in Pakistan claim that their confessions to committing blasphemy are not valid because they were tortured by police into making them. In 2013, Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta were accused of texting blasphemous messages to an imam. After their arrest, Emmanuel claims the police tortured his wife in front of him which forced him into making a false confession. Now, the couple has been sentenced to death under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws thanks in most part to the confession the police forced out of the couple. False accusations of blasphemy are common in Pakistan and many observers state that the laws are often abused for personal gain, to settle scores, or to incite religious hatred against minority communities. Recently, Emmanuel has filed to appeal his blasphemy conviction in the Lahore High Court.
- Pray for justice to prevail on Shafqat and Shagufta’s behalf in this case.
- Pray for Christians in Pakistan as they face increasing pressure from their communities as well as the government.
- Pray that the government of Pakistan will amend or even repeal the blasphemy laws often used as a tool of violence against religious minorities and Christians in Pakistan.