Christian Professor Arrested for Blasphemy in Pakistan, Charged With Same Offense as Mother-of-Five Asia Bibi

by Stoyan Zaimov  |  published on November 18, 2014

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A 40-year-old Christian man was arrested for blasphemy in Lahore, Pakistan, and has been charged with insulting the Prophet Mohammad, the same offense that Christian mother-of-five Asia Bibi is facing the death penalty for.

Qaiser Ayub, a computer science professor, had been a fugitive for close to three years, Fides News Agency reported. He was charged in 2011 of having written blasphemous comments on his blog, and has been avoiding police ever since.

BosNewsLife added that Ayub is currently being held at a police station in the town of Talagang in Punjab’s Chakwal District.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill, national director of advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development, revealed that despite the threat of arrest, the professor had been teaching recently at a school in Lahore, which triggered the police warrant.

“We also request prayer for him,” Gill said, noting that his group will be providing legal assistance.