“Since Sajjad Hussain (the accuser) is a young man of 21, a student of B.A. and a true Muslim with a beard on his face and a good outlook, I find no reason to disbelieve him.”

–Judge Talib Hussain Baloch’s statement over a blasphemy case, 1991.

 

The history of how the Blasphemy laws have unjustly been applied is long and harsh and how the judicial system has been biased. In 1991, Gul Masih, a eunuch from Faisalabad, was charged for using sacrilegious language about the Prophet and his wives. The complainant was Gul’s neighbour Sajjad Hussain who had a quarrel with him over the repair of a street water tap. Villagers went to the police station to protest the innocence of the Masih family and in court, out of three eye witnesses, only the complainant accused Gul of blasphemy. Yet, the judge, Talib Hussain Baloch, sentenced him to death in 1992, making his case the first in Pakistan where the accused was put on death row. Gul was tortured in prison. He was eventually acquitted but had to seek asylum in Germany.