In a harrowing tale of religious persecution, Haroon Shahzad, a 45-year-old Christian man from Chak 49 Shumaali, near Sargodha in Punjab Province, Pakistan, found himself at the center of a blasphemy controversy that led to his incarceration and subsequent release from Sargodha District Jail on November 15.
Shahzad was charged with blasphemy on June 30 for sharing Bible verses on Facebook on 27th July 2023, causing an uproar among Muslims and forcing dozens of Christian families in the vicinity to flee their homes.
In a small village near Sargodha city, Pakistan, Haroon Shehzad, a 49-year-old Christian man, found himself accused of blasphemy on June 30, 2023.
The alleged offense? Sharing a Bible verse, specifically 1st Corinthians chapter 10: 18–22, on his Facebook page just two days before Eid-Ul-Adha.
“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” Corinthians 10:18-22 (KJV)