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Nasir Saeed

Director CLAAS-UK About CLAAS: Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) is an interdenominational organisation working for Christians who are being persecuted because of their faith in Pakistan. CLAAS works for religious freedom, to stop persecution of Christians in Pakistan because of blasphemy and other discriminatory laws, raise awareness, disseminate information and highlight the plight of Christians on an international level. CLAAS provides free legal aid to victims of religious intolerance in Pakistan, as well as shelter and financial support for the victims and their families.

By Nasir Saeed On Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
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Pakistan: Christian mother and daughter illegally detained and tortured

Christian cousins Saima and Salma of Chak Jhumra, Faisalabad (Pakistan), and Saima’s mother Kausar Rehana have been illegally detained for thirteen days in Jhumra police station and tortured by the male policemen. Saima More...

By Nasir Saeed On Monday, December 10th, 2018
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Human Rights Day: Pakistan should challenge the blasphemy laws, not entrench them

The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS-UK) is calling upon the Pakistani Government to take steps to end the misuse of the Blasphemy Laws. The Pakistani Government should use Human Rights Day More...

By Nasir Saeed On Monday, November 26th, 2018
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CLAAS requests prayers for Sawan Masih’s release

Sawan Masih has been on death row since 2014, and his appeal is fixed to be heard on November 27 by the divisional bench before the Lahore High Court. Sawan Masih was accused by his Muslim friend Shahid Imran of More...

By Nasir Saeed On Friday, November 2nd, 2018
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Pakistan Christians living in fear as Asia Bibi’s acquittal sparks protests by Muslim extremists

The hardliners’ protests following the supreme court’s verdict to acquit Asia Bibi continue. Many roads of all major cities are closed and barricaded, and police and rangers are patrolling to monitor and control More...

By Nasir Saeed On Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
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Pakistan: Senate unanimously passes resolution against blasphemous sketches

On August 27 the Pakistani senate unanimously adopted a resolution against the blasphemous caricature competition in the Netherlands. The resolution was tabled by newly elected Leader of the House Shibli Faraz, More...

By Nasir Saeed On Thursday, August 9th, 2018
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Pakistani Christian Farhan Aziz charged with sending ‘blasphemous’ text in Gujranwala

Pakistani Christian, Farhan Aziz, 25, of Muslim Town, Gujranwala was charged under blasphemy law 295 – C of Pakistan Penal Code and section of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 10 (a) (b) on August 2. photo More...

By Nasir Saeed On Monday, April 23rd, 2018
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Pakistani Christian girl, Asma Yacoob, dies after acid attack and being set on fire

A 25-year-old Christian woman has died following being set alight for refusing a Muslim man’s marriage proposal. Asma Yacoob was doused in acid before being set on fire by Rizwan Gujjar, 30. She been working More...

By Nasir Saeed On Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
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CLAAS concerned about Pakistani court ordering citizens to declare religion

A Pakistani court has ruled that all citizens must declare their religion when applying for identity documents. Human rights advocates say the move is another blow for the country’s persecuted religious minorities. The More...

By Nasir Saeed On Friday, June 23rd, 2017
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Discrimination against Pakistani minorities continues to rise

Recently, the Greater Hyderabad municipal corporation advertised vacancies for sanitary workers. Applications are invited from non-Muslims only and a further condition has been added in the application form, that More...

By Nasir Saeed On Monday, April 24th, 2017
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CLAAS welcomes Pakistani Parliament’s calls for reform of blasphemy laws after student’s killing

CLAAS has welcomed calls from the Pakistani Parliament to reform the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. It comes after a university student was killed by a mob on April 14 after being accused of the offence More...

By Nasir Saeed On Monday, January 23rd, 2017
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CLAAS requests prayers for the Pakistani politicians initiating a debate to amend the blasphemy law

Nasir Saeed, Director CLAAS-UK has sent a special request to churches and individuals, asking them to pray for Senator Farhatullah Baber and other members of the Senate Committee on Human Rights in Pakistan, who are More...

By Nasir Saeed On Monday, January 9th, 2017
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Pakistan: Evangelist Babu Shahbaz charged for allegedly committing blasphemy

Babu Shahbaz, a Christian form Kamahan village, Lahore has been arrested by police after allegedly committing blasphemy. On December 30, 2016 Nishtar Colony Police Station, Lahore registered FIR No. 1906/16, offence More...

By Nasir Saeed On Thursday, July 14th, 2016
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Pakistan: Christian man charged with blasphemy over WhatsApp poem

A Christian man has been charged under blasphemy law section 295-C, which has a mandatory death penalty, for allegedly sending his Muslim friend a poem on Whatsapp that was considered insulting and derogatory towards More...

By Nasir Saeed On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Christian family threatened to be ‘burnt alive’ when Muslim marries Christian

Thirteen members of the same Christian family in Lahore have been threatened with being burnt alive because a Muslim woman has eloped with a Christian boy of Haji Park, Taj Pura. This incident has upset and infuriated More...

By Nasir Saeed On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Five Pakistani Christians cleared of blasphemy charges

On Monday, an anti-terrorist court acquitted five Christians of blasphemy charges, while two were jailed for six months under the blasphemy law and anti-terrorist act. The case was registered on August 16 last More...

By Nasir Saeed On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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CLAAS speaks out against ‘shameful treatment’ of Pakistani Christian leaders

CLAAS has expressed its grave concerns over the growing misbehaviour towards and shameful treatment of the Pakistani Christian religious leadership. On Sunday 12 June Muslim head constable Amir Abdullah hurried More...

By Nasir Saeed On Friday, May 27th, 2016
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Pakistan blasphemy case against Christian man, Usman Liaqat, makes three this month, a dangerous growing trend

A Pakistani Christian man has been missing since local Muslims accused him of committing blasphemy. Usman Liaqat, who works at an automobile company, has not been seen since he was accused of making a blasphemous More...

By Nasir Saeed On Thursday, May 19th, 2016
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Mob targets Pakistani Christian seamstress for ‘sitting on Islamic script,’ narrowly escapes blasphemy accusation

A Pakistani Christian seamstress narrowly avoided a blasphemy accusation after the timely intervention of a senior police officer. Sonia, a resident of Gujrat, Punjab, barely escaped the horror of such an accusation More...

By Nasir Saeed On Thursday, May 19th, 2016
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Pakistani Christian boy, Suleman Hadayat Maish by his employer and then made to look like suicide

A 14-year-old Pakistani Christian boy was killed and then hanged to make locals think he had committed suicide. Suleman Hadayat Maish was murdered by his aggressive employer on May 8, in Chehl Kalan village in Gujranwala, More...

By Nasir Saeed On Thursday, May 19th, 2016
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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expresses concerns over treatment of Christians in Mandi Bahauddin

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, has expressed grave concern over the volatile situation in Mandi Bahauddin where extremist groups have been inciting violence against Christians. He said More...


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