FIA officials forced me to have sex with main blasphemy accused, claims injured suspect

LAHORE: A suspect in a blasphemy case, who jumped from the fourth floor of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Punjab headquarters building during investigation on Friday evening, has made harrowing revelations in a video statement on Saturday, claiming that he was forced to jump after the FIA investigators first tortured him and later coerced him into having sex with his cousin, Patras Masih, the main accused.

A police team had handed over primary accused Patras, 18, to the FIA’s cybercrime wing on Friday afternoon for interrogation. The FIA had also summoned Sajid Masih, 24, to the headquarters for questioning after Patras said during investigation that he had shared the sacrilegious image with his cousin on Facebook.

Earlier this week, an FIR [First Information Report] was registered with the Shahdara Town Police Station under Section 295-C of the blasphemy law against Patras. The complainant Hafiz Muhammad Awais had alleged that Patras had posted a sacrilegious photo on Jan 16, 2018, on a Facebook group named “Paaglon Ki Basti”.

According to the video statement shared by Advocate Aneeqa Maria, a critically injured Sajid stated: “They [FIA officials] called me to the headquarters to record my testimony.”

“They took my mobile phone for examination and later started beating me. When I asked them what my fault was, they responded haughtily that ‘we are beating you because you are the cousin of prime accused.’”

“They later took me and Patras to the fourth floor of the building and started beating both of us. We were also told to call each other ‘Laanti’ (accursed) which my cousin complied with.”

He went on to say: “After that, the FIA officials asked me to take off my cousin’s trousers and have sex with him. I refused to comply with their directives.”

“I pleaded them that I can’t have sex with my brother, which made them [FIA officials] angry. However, they insisted and I had no option but to jump through the window of the room.

“Khalid Shah was the person who took me with him and I was treated like that even though they didn’t find anything in my mobile,” Sajid says in the video.

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Rejecting Sajid’s claims, FIA Sub-Inspector Khalid Saeed said that the suspect had panicked during the investigation.

“Sajid and his parents arrived at the FIA headquarters at 11.30am on Friday to record his statement. I started questioning him after the Friday prayers as I wanted to record the statements of the complainants first. Moreover, the complainants had beaten up Patras Masih at the district courts earlier in the day so I wanted to avoid a similar situation at the FIA.

“During interrogation I repeatedly asked Sajid to share the password of his cell phone but he refused to do so. I did not touch him even once but he was very afraid and probably that’s why he jumped out of the window,” Saeed claimed.

“There were at least five persons present in the room at that time, including the main accused Patras. Around 6pm, I was preparing to perform Namaz when suddenly Sajid leaped out of the window,” he further claimed, denying that the FIA personnel had tortured the two cousins.

When asked why he had refused to acknowledge the incident yesterday when Pakistan Today contacted him, he replied: “I was advised to refrain from giving any comments to the media by my senior officer, Khawaja Hamaad.”

Saeed said that the FIA had sent the main accused Patras on judicial remand on Saturday.

Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal has taken notice of Pakistan Today’s story and ordered an inquiry against the FIA officials concerned.

Meanwhile, the FIA has also registered an FIR against Sajid Masih with the Civil Lines Police Station for attempting suicide.

Advocate Maria, the lawyer for Patras, told Pakistan Today that she had filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court on Saturday against the FIA’s torture on the two cousins.

“We have made Khalid Saeed and the FIA director general respondents in the petition. The FIA was responsible for the suspect’s safety during custody but Sajid’s statement has exposed the treatment the law enforcement agency meted out to them during questioning,” she said.

Earlier on Friday, the lawyer had told Pakistan Today that a group of 10-15 people led by the complainant, Hafiz Awais, had attacked Patras Masih outside the court of Magistrate Imtiaz Bajwa at the district courts where the police had taken him for seeking remand earlier in the day.

“The complainant and his accomplices slapped and punched Patras when the police brought him out from the courtroom. Later the police handed over his custody to the FIA and the IO, Khalid Saeed, asked the complainant party to also reach the FIA HQs for recording their statements.

“We requested the police to provide security to the accused and his family as we feared that the complainant party might attack them again, but our appeal fell on deaf ears. Even at the FIA office, I requested Khalid Saeed to ensure the security of Patras’s family, but he said it was not his responsibility. Hardly a few minutes after we left the FIA building, we were informed that Sajid had ‘fallen off’ the fourth floor…,” she claimed.

A large number of Christians living in Dhir village in Shahdara Town had fled their homes earlier this week, on Monday, after a charged mob comprising activists of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) and other religious parties blocked the Shahdara intersection, burned tyres and threatened to further intensify the protest until the arrest of Patras Masih.

The announcements had been made from mosques in the area urging locals to come out on the main road to protest against the alleged blasphemy. Fearing violence, a majority of the Christians living in the village had abandoned their houses and left for safer places; however, they had returned following an “agreement” with Muslim religious leaders.

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  1. Yusuf said:

    Pakistan, The One True Allah has a word for you from his prophet. “If you continue in the shedding of blood of the innocent, I will hear the cries of their blood spilt on the ground. So then when I come upon you to then take your blood for all the blood you took from them, I will not hear your cries, just as you refused to hear theirs. I am Jesus Christ, the One whose blood you shed, for just as you shed the blood of the least of them, you do it unto me. I am the Allah you reject, and if you don’t repent, I will judge you and your nation with calamity. The Lord has spoken.”

    • Paul Burgess said:

      Love or hatred. The Creator of all sees the hearts of His creation and His justice will prevail. We are given time to acknowledge our sin and turn to Him before judgement. Believe in Jesus who is the appearance of the Spirit of our Creator and be saved from His wrath to come.

    • AHMED MUHAMMAD(Rasool Allah) said:

      You are not Jesus Christ,because Jesus Christ will never call himself Allah,he is a prophet and a human being just like me,Allah the only creator of the universe has no father,mother,wife,daughter or son,He is a very bright white light (Noor),no prophet or creature can be his son,daughter,brother,mother etc,

  2. Bhali said:

    Police has a record of making people do unnatural acts. Sub inspector should be tried under criminal law.

  3. Naeem Khan said:

    This is a sad incident. Our Holy Prophet Muhammad(May peace be upon him has guided us not to call anybody with bad name as you dont know about his spritual status. May be he is more loved by Allah than you. Similarly if you call someones parents or spritual leader by bad names there is a strong posibility that in return you may hear bad names for yours. We as muslims equally respect all Prophets and messengers of Allah including Jesus/Essa (may Allah bless him) so we cannot respond by bad names to the spritual leaders of Christisns or Jews or any other community or religious followers. So please learn to respect the forefathers and spritual leaders of every community. Respect of our Holy Prophept is indeed more important than our life, blood, children and parents. There can be no compromise on it at any cost. However our actions should be governed by good manners and the justice providing all opportuities to the acused to clarify his position if he denies the charges.

  4. Aik Desi said:

    For brainwashed of any religion …All goes in name of God..whether, its lies, deceit, torture, , assault or even murder. All officials involved in this heinous crime must undergo lie detector test…in exact same way as they do unto upon suspects. What a shameful behaviour. Disgusted!

    • K said:

      Religion is brainwashing in itself. No proof for any religion. People still brainwashed into believing their inherited faith is true.

  5. Boshu said:

    Shocking violations of human rights of religious minorities in Pakistan. Why UNHRC is still quiet?

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