Pakistanis believe the ‘blasphemy card’ against Imran Khan is truly condemnable ￼
What happened: An FIR under blasphemy laws was filed in Faisalabad on May 1 against former prime minister Imran Khan and other PTI leaders over the recent incident at Masjid-e-Nabwi where pilgrims surrounding Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s delegation at the holy site shouted slogans of ‘chor’ and ‘lota.’
While the incident was condemnable, Pakistanis, including Imran Khan’s opponents, believe that blasphemy allegations against him aren’t right.
Sections 295, 295-A, 296, and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code were used to file the charges. The parts deal with causing damage to a house of worship with the goal of insulting a religion, outraging religious feelings with deliberate and malicious intent to disturb religious assembly.
Who was named:
Imran, Shahbaz Gill, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Fawad Chaudhry, Qasim Suri, Sahibzada Jahangir, and Aneel Musarrat are among the 150 people mentioned in the FIR. Sheikh Rashid Shafiq, Rashid’s nephew, has also been named in the lawsuit who was later arrested.
Muhammad Naeem, a Faisalabad resident, filed the FIR ans stated that it was a “well-thought-out scheme and conspiracy.” He went on to say that footage posted on social media and speeches given by PTI leaders before to the coalition delegation’s visit proved the alleged crime.