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According to Morning Star News, the hopes of two Christian brothers on death row under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws were recently dashed, when a court in Pakistan upheld their death sentence despite lack of evidence against them, their lawyers said. Qaiser Ayub, 45, and Amoon Ayub, 42, have been incarcerated since 2014, and their appeal of the death sentence before the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi Bench had been pending since 2018. Two Justices took up their appeal on Feb. 28 but did not announce their verdict until last month, their attorney said. The two brothers were very sad and disappointed when informed about the appeal verdict. Qaiser has three children, while Amoon is childless.
The case against the brothers was registered in June 2011 on a complaint by Talagang resident Muhammad Saeed, who alleged he came across a blog containing blasphemous material against Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, Maan said. The blog was created by Muslim friends of Qaiser Ayub who were resentful over a conflict with him, and they had put his name, phone number, email address and office address on their site. Qaiser Ayub’s friends had registered the website under Amoon Ayub’s name, and based on that, as well the contact information on the blog, police filed charges against both brothers and arrested them. But according to their attorney, Khurram Maan, “None of the information proved that either of the two brothers actually authored or posted the blasphemous material on the blogging website.”
The two brothers were busily engaged making a positive contribution to their society. Amoon Ayub was a music teacher at a private school and was running a small charity for welfare of Christians, the United Christian Organization (UCO), with his older brother, Qaiser Ayub. The brothers also operated a website where they posted news about the activities of their organization, he added. “The case against the brothers was based on the blasphemous content posted on a blog which, according to the brothers’ testimonies, was created by the Muslim friends of Qaiser using their contact information from the original website after a fight broke out between them over one of the friend’s sister”, the lawyer said. The defense is hoping that the Supreme Court will administer justice to the falsely accused brothers, charged with blasphemy against Muhammad, which calls for a mandatory death sentence under Section 295-C of Pakistan’s widely condemned blasphemy laws.It is to be noted, Pakistan is ranked eighth on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. The country had the second-highest number of Christians killed for their faith, behind Nigeria, with 620 slain during the reporting period from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021. Pakistan had the fourth-highest number of churches attacked or closed. Let us pray that God would deliver Qaiser and Amoon from what the enemy intends for them. “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment” (2Pet. 2:9).
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