Pakistan – Pastor Zafar’s Life Sentence Upheld

Pastor Zafar, accused of sending insulting text messages, had been in prison since July 2012. In 2017, he was sentenced to life imprisonment even though the handphone used to send the text messages in question was not even registered in Pastor Zafar’s name. Read more about this case here – https://gosheninternational.org/persecution-watch/page/18/.

Pastor Zafar appealed against his sentence. After numerous delayed appeal hearings, the court ruled on 22nd June 2021 to uphold the life sentence, despite the fact that new evidence of Pastor Zafar’s innocence was presented to the court. His lawyers now intend to appeal to the High Court.

Pastor suffers from diabetes and had two minor heart attacks during his imprisonment – one in 2019 and another in September 2020. He has poor eyesight and requires cataract surgery. Pastor Zafar’s wife, Nawab, recently injured herself due to a fall.

Please continue to remember Pastor Zafar and his family in your prayers. Pray that Pastor Zafar will be given appropriate and timely medical treatment. Pray that he will find favour in the eyes of prison guards and fellow inmates, and that they will treat him with respect and kindness.

Pray that God will strengthen his body, soul and spirit, to remain firm in his faith and to endure the challenges he is facing now. Pray for a favourable outcome at his appeal hearing in the High Court and he will be vindicated and released from prison.

Pray that all the needs of Pastor Zafar and his family will be divinely provided for. Pray for healing for his wife, Nawab.

 

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