Christian Couple Under Death Sentence for Six Years to Face New Hearing

Pakistani husband and wife Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Masih, both Christians, were sentenced to death on 4 April 2014 on a charge of blasphemy. They had been convicted of sending blasphemous text messages to an imam from a phone number registered in Shagufta Kausar’s name.

Now, on 3 June, a final hearing of their appeal will take place at Lahore High Court. The couple are to be represented by Saif ul Malook, who successfully argued for Aasia Bibi to be acquitted of a blasphemy charge in January 2019. Justice Shahbaz Ali Rizvi, who upheld Aasia Bibi’s conviction before it was overturned by the Supreme Court, will preside over the division bench hearing the case.

Please pray for justice to be done and for Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Masih to be freed.

For further background, see articles from the Express Tribune and the BBC.

Update

3 June 2020: The appeal hearing has been delayed, with a new date yet to be announced.