“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, those who are mistreated, since you yourselves are in the body also” Hebrews 13:3
Mr Masih, who has had long standing mental health issues, was accused of reciting the Kalima (the Islamic proclamation of faith), in between shouting abuse at bystanders.
It is understood that he had ceased his medication following the death of one of his sons, prompting the erratic behaviour.
“The influence of a given religion in a nation ought never to mean that citizens of another religion can be subject to discrimination in social life or, even worse, that violence against them can be tolerated.”
- Pope Emeritus Benedict
“There is a very clear sense that people are nervous about the misuse of the blasphemy law, as a tool of politics or “…a mob thing […] ” he added, flanked by two Pakistani bishops. He earlier told reporters: “Equality under the law is important…”
- Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
“The law for punishing blasphemy against the Prophet (sws) that is invoked in Pakistan has no foundation in the Qur'ān or Hadith.”
- Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, Renowned Quranic scholar & Islamic modernist theologist