LAHORE, Pakistan — Like so many tragic incidents, it started with two alcohol-soaked young men getting into an argument. It ended with 250 homeless families.
On March 6, in a northern suburb of Lahore, Pakistan, 28-year-old Christian sanitation worker Sawan Masih visited Muslim childhood friend Shahid Imran’s barbershop.
Although Pakistan is officially a dry country, one can easily procure spirits there, and it was liquor that fueled the aforementioned squabble. It ended with Imran accusing Masih of blasphemy against Islam.
This is a particularly loaded charge in a nation where no proof is needed to bring charges, where a guilty verdict brings a death sentence, and where mere...READ MORE