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Christian nurse says escaping Pakistan blasphemy charges in 'miracle'

by Sophie Drew

A Christian nurse has spoken of her “joy” after escaping perilous danger in Pakistan over blasphemy charges, and starting her new life in North America.

Tabitha Nazir Gill, aged 32, made headlines in 2021 after footage of her being beaten by her work colleagues went viral.

She was accused of insulting the prophet of Islam, breaking 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which carries the death sentence.

Ms Gill claims she saw a woman taking a bribe from a patient at the Sobhraj Maternity Hospital.

Following a confrontation, the individual accused of taking the bribe cited blasphemy as the reason for Ms Gill’s allegations.

The situation then escalated, resulting in a mob of colleagues attacking Ms Gill.

She said: “The mob wanted to kill me but I kept praying to Jesus and I opened my eyes and I felt I saw angels and from that moment I knew that I would be saved.”

She continued: “I am thankful to Jesus Christ, my Lord and my God, for giving me my freedom. Jesus is mighty to save.” 

Ms Gill has been relocated to a location in North America, although the country within which she now resides cannot be shared for security reasons.

She was able to gain an immigrant visa, along with her husband, Sohail Almas, and two sons.

Mr Almas said: “We are so thankful to be where we are now. We know we will never be able to go back to Pakistan.”

In a message to fellow Pakistan Christian nurses Mariam Lal and Newosh Arooj, in hiding after being charged with blasphemy, Ms Gill said: “I want them to know that we are praying for them and that we stand with them.

“I will work for persecuted Christians until I take my last breath.”

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