Pastor Karma Patras, 55, was arrested in October 2012 on false charges of blasphemy in Pakistan, He was released on bail after his accuser admitted he accused him "incorrectly". According to the Fides news service, Pastor Patras was released prison on February 28, leads a Christian community in the city of Sanghla Hill, in the province of Punjab.
During a worship assembly in a Christian's home, at the request of one of those present, the Pastor had attempted to explain the Feast of Sacrifice (Eid-ul-Adha) celebrated by Muslims, citing some biblical passages.
According to local Christians, some Muslim neighbors heard the speech and accused the Pastor Patras of blasphemy, referring everything to the imam of the nearby mosque. From the loudspeakers of the mosque could be heard the appeal "to punish Pastor Karma Patras, who is a blasphemer and infidel." Hundreds of Muslims streamed out of the mosque, beating Pastor Patras and his family. Only the intervention of the police, who arrested Patras, saved them from certain death.
In recent days, a Muslim accuser, Syed Zulqernain Shah, told the court that he falsely accused the pastor and had no objection to his release.
Sangla Hill in recent years has been the scene of numerous attacks by radical Islamists against churches, homes and other Christian institutions, after the case of an alleged "desecration of the Koran" by the young Christian Yousaf Masih in 2005. Then more than 2,000 angry Muslims attacked churches, while Yousaf Masih, who was arrested for blasphemy, was later tried and acquitted.