Pakistani nurse faces mutilation and death accused of blasphemy

Pakistani nurse Sakina Mehtab has been charged with blasphemy after sharing a video on WhatsApp, in connection with the European Parliament's resolution on blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, Prime Minister's Special Representative on Religious Harmony, believes that all Pakistanis enjoy the religious freedom and even adds that blasphemy laws are not misused.

Matias Perttula, Director of Advocacy for International Christian Concern, reacts to this statement, claiming that "The minister of religious harmony is clearly disconnected from reality".

“You have to ask yourself the question. What facts is he citing when he says there is no problem with the blasphemy law? Almost all blasphemy accusations are based on lies, and even if proven to be such, the individual is ruined for life. If Pakistan is serious about having a society that celebrates religious freedom, it should repeal blasphemy laws and eliminate hate speech from its textbooks. "

It is in this context that a new Christian nurse, Sakina Mehtab, was accused of blasphemy by his colleagues. In question, the sharing of a video on WhatsApp of a Pakistani Muslim in Paris criticizing the response of the Pakistani people and officials to a resolution of the Parliament of the European Union.

After the accusation, members of the medical staff gathered to protest. Some were armed with sticks. The Christians were reportedly taken to task and intimidated by the demonstrators.

Sakina Mehtab is in hiding after receiving anonymous calls threatening to “mutilate and kill” her. She expresses her fear in words relayed by Morning Star News :

“There was no religious element, but a group of nurses spread lies that the video was anti-Islamic and accused me of blasphemy. My life has been seriously endangered with this false allegation, and I don't know how I will ever be able to return to work in the hospital with the fear that someone might attack me from nowhere. My fear is not unfounded. "

MC

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Article originally published in May 2021.

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