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IMRAN GHAFUR

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from PrisonerWatch.com.    Prisoner Alert – A Ministry of the Voice of Martyrs

HELD 3276 DAYS
ARRESTED JULY 2009 IN PAKISTAN

On Jan. 11, 2010, Imran Ghafur Masih was sentenced to life in prison and fined 100,000 rupees ($1,155 U.S.), according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. His family has appealed the decision to the Pakistan High Court and is awaiting a hearing date.

On July 1, 2009, Pakistani police arrested Imran Ghafur in Punjab province after Muslims accused him of burning pages of the Quran. While cleaning his brother’s retail shop, Imran removed the trash he had collected, intending to burn some of it.  While burning the trash, pages of an Islamic book flew into the fire and burned.

Imran’s neighbor, Haji Liaqat, saw the burned pages of the Islamic book and alerted other Muslims in the area. “Haji Liaqat saw the burned pages, and he aggressively told all resident people and travelers that Imran burnt the pages of a Quran ALSO,” a VOM contact said. “He was telling everybody that Imran Ghafur is burning the Quran … he should be KILLED.”

Imran and his father were SEVERELY BEATEN before police arrested Imran. Following the arrest, news of the incident spread throughout the city, and angry Muslims threw stones at the police station where Imran was being held. “Give the death sentence to him who disgraces the Holy Quran, and hang him who disgraces the Holy Quran,” the Muslims said. “Christians are dogs; Imran is a dog,” they shouted.

On July 2, 2009, Imran was moved to a jail. “The situation is very tense in Hajwari town, where the Christian families live,” the VOM contact said. “Haji Liaqat and his friends are saying that they will not allow Imran’s family to live in the colony or run their business.”

Imran and his family have been managing businesses in the area and are actively involved with other Christians in the area.

Nov. 12 Trial Delayed

Imran’s Nov. 12, 2015 court date did not take place, as one of the attorneys was sick. Court clerks told Imran’s family that a new date would be scheduled.

Singing Songs at Midnight

In March 2012, Imran Ghafur’s family told us how Imran spends his time in prison. At midnight, Imran prays and sings spiritual songs. Sometimes Muslim prisoners join him and ask him to pray for them. Imran also spends a lot of time in prayer and Bible reading. He is anxious to be released so he can “do missionary work for Jesus.”

Please pray for his family, who seemed to be feeling particularly low last month.

 

 

Thank You for Your Prayers

On Thursday, May 26, 2011, Imran’s brother, Naveed, visited Imran in jail. Naveed told Imran many people were praying for him and he asked Imran what message he wanted to give VOM and other prayer partners.

Imran had tears of joy in his eyes. He said, “I am thankful to Lord for this help. I wish that I could personally meet and thank you, but I am in jail. I cannot do that, but I promise, the day I come out of this prison, surely I will thank you for this love and prayers.”

Imran said he is using his time in prison to study God’s Word. “I am happy the Lord wants to USE ME FOR HIS KINGDOM

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Pakistan

Language: Urdu

When India gained independence from Britain in 1947 the area was divided into Hindu-dominated India and Muslim-dominated Pakistan. Cultural differences between East Pakistan and West Pakistan eventually led to civil war and the formation of the country of Bangladesh. Pakistan is an Islamic republic with more than 96% of the population being Muslim.

The implementation of Shari’a Law in many areas has increased problems for Christians who are at the very lowest level of the economic and social scale. Muslims who convert to Christianity are often threatened or killed by their family because of the shame associated with such a conversion.

Breaking the blasphemy law, Section 295c of the penal code – blaspheming Mohammed – is punishable by death. Blasphemy ACCUSATIONS against Christians often occur in retaliation for personal or commercial disputes.

 

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