A Christian bicycle mechanic in Lahore was arrested on June 15 over allegations of blasphemy after he turned concerned in a dispute relating to cost for providers rendered to a buyer, police stated Thursday.
Human rights activist Napoleon Qayyum informed Daybreak that Ashfaq Masih ─ a resident of Mariam Colony in Inexperienced City, Lahore ─ was working at a restore store within the Bagarhian suburb of the town when Muhammad Ishfaq, a resident of the identical space, had his bicycle repaired by him.
The 2 turned embroiled in a heated argument when Masih demanded Rs35-forty for his providers and Ishfaq requested that Masih scale back the worth as he’s a poor man, Qayyum stated.
The disagreement escalated when Masih refused to decrease the charge, reminding the bicycle proprietor that he was a poor man himself and wanted the cash as properly, in response to the rights activist.
After a crowd gathered to witness the incident, unidentified people levelled accusations of blasphemy towards Masih, prompting additional escalation of the already-tense state of affairs, Qayyum claimed.
Police, who have been referred to as to the scene, arrived and arrested Masih, shifting him to the Inexperienced City police station.
Station Home Officer (SHO) of Inexperienced City police station Wasim Akhtar confirmed to Daybreak that a blasphemy case had been registered towards Masih on June 15 after his arrest.
The Pak Middle for Regulation and Justice is investigating the case.
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