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Urgent Call for Action: Overcoming Injustice in Pakistan – The Case of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar

#### Overview: The Critical Misuse of Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

The use of blasphemy laws in Pakistan has long been a topic of intense debate and concern, especially regarding the impact on minority communities. These laws, particularly section 295- A/B/C of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, have been exploited to imprison hundreds from minority groups, often without just cause. The laws have not only led to the incarceration of countless individuals but have also resulted in the assassination of key political figures advocating for reform and dialogue, illustrating the perilous atmosphere surrounding this issue.

#### Advocacy and Legal Defense Efforts

Since 2009, the Farrukh Saif Foundation has been at the forefront of defending those unjustly accused under the blasphemy law. Our findings indicate that the majority of these accusations stem from personal vendettas, misinformation, or outright malice, rather than any legitimate legal breaches. The failure of the Pakistani government to protect the accused and their communities has only exacerbated the situation, with radicalism fueling mob justice and intimidation tactics that undermine the rule of law.

#### Highlighting a Grievous Injustice: The Ordeal of Emmanuel and Kausar

The plight of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, a Christian couple from Gojra City, Punjab, epitomizes the egregious misuse of blasphemy laws. Accused of sending blasphemous texts in English—a language they do not speak due to their lack of education—Shafqat, who is also paralyzed, was subjected to inhumane torture in an attempt to force a confession. Under duress, Shafqat confessed to protect his wife from being humiliated, leading to their conviction and death sentence despite a lack of tangible evidence. This case underscores the systemic flaws and biases inherent in the prosecution of blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

#### The Toll on Innocent Lives

Beyond the immediate injustice faced by Shafqat and Shagufta, their children have been left to endure the absence of their parents. The Farrukh Saif Foundation has taken steps to ensure their safety and education, but the void left by their parents’ imprisonment is irreplaceable.

#### An Appeal for Global Solidarity and Support

The Farrukh Saif Foundation is challenging the verdict and advocating for the couple’s release, calling on the international community to voice their opposition to such injustices. We urge global citizens and leaders to stand against the misuse of blasphemy laws and to support efforts to free Shafqat and Shagufta. As their appeal approaches, we solicit prayers and public support to rectify this grave miscarriage of justice.

In a world striving for justice and human dignity, the case of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar is a stark reminder of the work that remains. We stand committed to advocating for their freedom and for the rights of all individuals unjustly persecuted under blasphemy laws.

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Watch this video and listen the cry of Shafqat and Shagufta children;

Original source:  The Farrukh Saif Foundation

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