Pakistan Couple Appeals Death Sentence for “Blasphemy”

Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar are two more victims of Pakistan’s unjust blasphemy laws.

The young Christian couple was accused of sending blasphemous texts to a Muslim cleric in 2014. They were sentenced to death and have spent 6 years in separate prisons waiting for Pakistan’s High Court to hear their case.

Their appeal has been repeatedly postponed and is now set for September 2020.

The illiterate couple have four young children. Shagufta was the sole breadwinner of the family since 2004 when her husband Shafqat became paralyzed following an accident that fractured his spinal cord.

The alleged texts were written in English. But neither Shafqat or Shagufta speak or read English. An investigation revealed that the couple was involved in an argument with their accuser months before the blasphemy accusation was made against them.

The children cannot visit their parents for security reasons. After huge protests against the couple, the children were moved to a different region.

Pakistan outlaws insulting Islam and its founder Mohammed. Blasphemy laws are often used for revenge or to obtain someone’s property.

The question is: Will the High Court fairly investigate the facts, or will the judges succumb to pressure and threats of Islamic extremists?

The husband and wife have hope. Last year, Pakistan’s supreme court acquitted Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges and condemned the use of false blasphemy allegations to target religious minorities.

Shagufta and Shafqat are praying that they also receive justice from the court.

Please pray for:

  • Pakistan’s High Court to judge with integrity and acquit Shagufta and Shafqat of these false charges.
  • Shagufta and Shafqat’s safety from mobs or assassins, as well as for their attorney and judges who rule in their favor.
  • The end of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and false accusations that incite violence against Christians.