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Lawyer Aneeqa Maria Anthony, who worked on the case, told Fides: "Many victims of alleged blasphemy are condemned to death such as Asia Bibi and Sawan Masih. Others, as in the case of Pastor Aftab Gill (see Fides 01/10/2015) are imprisoned unjustly: we pray for their release". "With regards to Pervaiz Masih’s case – he continues - God has blessed us with this very important result: Kasur, in fact, it is one of the most conservative areas in Punjab, and it is very dangerous to contest a blasphemy case in this area". Operators of the NGO "The Voice" were stopped by the police of Kasur in the middle of the night and suffered threats and intimidation by the police. Pervaiz Masih's case will now go ahead.
Another Christian, Imran Masih, who was also accused of blasphemy, has instead been behind bars since 1 July 2009 and in 2010 was sentenced to life imprisonment for blasphemy by a court of first instance. "The accusations against him are totally false and invented. I have decided that I will fight for this