Mind you, this is the same country in which tens of thousands of people poured into the streets to honor a man executed by the state for murdering a politician who wanted to end blasphemy laws.
International Appeal for Justice and Compassion: The Heartbreaking Case of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagfuta Kausar: By Farrukh Saif Foundation
Introduction: The Regular Abuse of Pakistan’s Controversial Blasphemy Law
Blasphemy laws have always been a controversial subject for discussion in Pakistan. These laws have put hundreds of members of minority communities behind the bars. It has commonly been observed that section 295- A/B/C of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been badly misused by the majority community.
Even discussion and dialogue in relation to this controversial law has taken the lives of two prominent Pakistani politicians, Governor of Punjab Salman Taseer and Christian Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. Both were assassinated in broad daylight in the capital of Pakistan. Similarly many of the victims of these laws were killed in court rooms, jails or in lockups by the extreme elements of Pakistani society.
Since 2009 [we] the Farrukh Saif Foundation (Previously known as World Vision in Progress) have been defending the victims of the Blasphemy Law. During that time we have found that in most cases people had been falsely and even maliciously accused. In some cases they accusations were solely the result of personal vendettas or rumor mongering.
The Pakistani Government has failed to provide security to such victims or to the communities in which they live. The Government may be trying to handle these matters diligently, but it is not handling them effectively. Radicalism in society has reached new and frightening levels and matters regularly spiral out of control and result in vicious acts of mob justice. Many times it has been observed that law enforcement agencies and even the institutions charged with delivering justice have failed in their duty to provide justice due to the enormous pressure that is applied by vociferous and aggressive extreme elements. The atmosphere of intimidation and fear within Pakistan is palpable!
Shafqat is regularly getting sick with the bed sores and recently 16 blood bottles were used to control is PH level. He cannot go to the washroom nor do anything without assistance. It is so difficult for a paralyzed man to handle all his personal issues while in the jail.
Appeal Lodged by the Farrukh Saif Foundation – and an Appeal to the International Community
Since the beginning of this case the Farrukh Saif Foundation (previously known as World Vision in Progress) has been protesting against the attitude of the Lower Court. We have submitted the application in the High Court that the Addition Session judge had already made up his mind in advance to give death sentence to the couple. The High Court of Lahore referred back our petition with the direction to expedite the matter.
We would request that the International Community and people of all nations speak out against this terrible and cruel injustice. We especially request that people pray for Shafqat and Shagufta.
In the Month of April the High Court of Lahore will hear the appeal that we filed against the Death Sentence.