VIDEO | Female Christian security incharge at a warehouse in Karachi threatened with blasphemy allegation

"If you don't let my car go, I will accuse you of blasphemy, will call mullahs and we will cut you into pieces."

VIDEO | Female Christian security incharge at a warehouse in Karachi threatened with blasphemy allegation

In an exclusive video, a female Christian security incharge is seen being threatened with blasphemy allegation at the ICG warehouse in Karachi.

The man in the video was recorded threatening the security incharge by saying that if she does not let the car go, he will accuse her of blasphemy and call mullahs.

“If you don’t let my car go, I will accuse you of blasphemy, will call mullahs and we will cut you into pieces.”

It is evident from the video that the security incharge stopped the car owner because he did not have the custom card for 2022 and 2023. When she demands to see the card, she is threatened by the man in the video.

Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

When it comes to the legislature regarding blasphemy, it carries a potential death sentence for those who ‘insult Islam.’ The offense was first put in place by India’s British rulers in 1860, and then these laws were inherited by Pakistan after the country came into existence in 1947.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has spent decades documenting these blasphemy cases, which are used as a tool to target religious minorities. Most of the time, the nation’s blasphemy laws are used to target those who are falsely accused while emboldening vigilantes prepared to kill the accused. There is vast evidence that the laws not only violate human rights but also give people the authority to take the law into their own hands. People who are accused of blasphemy spend a big majority of their life trying to prove themselves innocent, but even if they are released, they face threats to their life.

Once a person is accused of blasphemy in Pakistan, the police can simply arrest the accused, without even checking if the charges are valid or not. As seen by this recent video, most of the time, people impose these accusations out of personal interest. For most, this seems like an easier way to punish any person belonging to a minority group, who they have a conflict with.

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