Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Card Campaign

Hello, everyone!

Thank you so much for your continued thoughts, prayers, and support. The Aleems have been receiving many notes of encouragement, and they’re grateful for your petitions, letters, and donations.

Below is an update of Hector’s case, along with suggestions on how you can help.

On December 21 of last year, Hector was sentenced to seven years in prison based on another charge. The Aleems understand that you want to see the decision note by the judge, but they have been refused access to this documentation. They believe it is because the decision is a baseless one that contained no proof, and was used as a means to keep Hector in prison for protecting the Christian community. Furthermore, until the family receives that written decision form, they will not be able to file an appeal in a higher court.

In addition, the blasphemy case is still ongoing in the courts. Because the charges of blasphemy are baseless in the first place, Hector’s lawyer has applied to quash (discharge) it. As such, the court is legally obligated to hold on the trial until the application to quash is investigated. Unfortunately, this has not happened: due to pressure from Sunni Tehreek—the accusers—the trial is going on without investigating the veracity of the charges! The trail has reached its final stages, and the lawyers will be presenting final arguments soon.

I know the above sounds complicated. The Aleems know that, and are in fact living through this. They are frustrated at how the law is acting against them, rather than protecting them.

How can you help?

First, please continue to keep Hector in your prayers and thoughts.

Second, please send Hector an Easter card. He needs all the emotional support he can get. Please mail the cards to this address:


Third, please consider donating a few dollars through PayPal. This case is not a popular one in Pakistan, and the representing lawyer receives threats. So the family needs to continue paying the lawyer to help support him, and give him fewer reasons to quit on them. You can donate to PayPal through this link:

Finally, please tell your friends about Hector’s case, and to invite them to this Page:

Thank you for taking the time to read this message. I wish a blessed Lent to those observing, and a wonderful week for everyone.


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