CLAAS has nothing to do with Zafar Bhatti case, says Basharat Khokhar

Rawalpindi: (Shamim Masih) – Centre for Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement – CLAAS has nothing to do with Zafar Bhatti case, said Basharat Khokhar and Khalid Shahzad. CLAAS chief had photo session with his family but had done nothing to save his skin.

According to the details, since the incident of Asghar Ali victim of blasphemy case was shot by the police constable within the premises of Central Jail Adayla Rawalpindi; CLAAS reported about this case and claimed that the said organization is dealing with Zafar Bhatti’s case; blasphemy accused is safe in Adayla Jail. But Basharat Khokhar and Khalid Shahzad, social activists rejected CLAAS and said that CLAAS is no more with Zafar Bhatti’s case. Basharat told that CLAAS chief went to his family and had photo session but is not dealing with his case. He claimed that his lawyer Parvaiz Khan is his attorney and dealing actually with his case.

Khalid Shahzad social activist said that CLAAS is habitual in misleading the people, this organization is not doing anything on the ground. CLAAS is neither dealing with Sawan Masih nor Asia bibi case but claiming unfairly about the both cases. He said CLAAS is wasting funds paying bribe and in other activities but not doing anything for the good of Christians in the country. During Sawan Masih case, CLAAS chief took pictures with Sawan and his family using unfair means, he added.

On the hand, Joseph Francis chief of CLAAS said that Tahir Bashir is the attorney to Zafar Bhatti and he is being by CLAAS. He said we can prove with document when required.

Earlier CLAAS reported that Ashar Ali s/o Hakam Dad, Muslim by faith (some people believe that he is Ahmadi by faith) victim of the blasphemy case and FIR was registered at PS Sadiqabad under section 295-C. Asgher Ali was confined in Adayla Jail, Rawapindi shot by a police constable appointed for his security. He was immediately taken to the hospital. He was sentenced to death in January, 2014. Yousaf, police constable was appointed for his security; he shot fire within the jail premises. Asgher Ali reportedly wrote a letter claiming to be a prophet and was arrested in 2010. Religious leadership gave a verdict against him that after the prophet Mohammad no one can claim it so he has not right to live. He was convicted and sentenced to death. The new of attack and murder of Zafar Bhatti victim of 295-C imprisoned in Adiala Jail is not correct Zafar Bhatti is safe only Asghar another blasphemy victim who was sentenced to death in January 2014 was gunshot by police constable of Elite Force.

There were rumours that Zafar Bhatti a Christian victim of blasphemy 295-C and Telegraph Act confined in Adiala Jail was gun down by a police constable. Some of reputed national daily reported the same news which is not true. Christian community across the country is deeply saddened on this incident and urged the authorities to assured the life of blasphemy victims in the different jail of the country. Few years back Salam Taseer (Governor Punjab) was gunned down by his security guard and was garlanded by the religious scholars.

Victim of the blasphemy is punishable to death in Pakistan. Christian right activists in Pakistan have been claiming to revisit this law but certainly there are some right organization pretend but do nothing in practical. Pakistani Christians need education to improve their living standard. Thousands of the children are out of school and drop rate is getting high. This is unfortunate that right activists are wasting their sources and energy in non-productive activities.

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