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A Pakistani national of Christian faith has been arrested for allegedly sending "blasphemous" mobile phone messages to Muslims during the Christmas holiday season, it has been reported.

According to police, Sajjad Masih Gill of Pakpattan district in the Punjab province of Pakistan was arrested on the basis of complaints lodged by local Muslims.

The Pakistan Christian Post newspaper has reported that Sajjad was arrested by Tehsil Police Gojra of Tobe Tek Sing district and was charged under Section 295 C of Pakistan Penal Code which provides for the death penalty or life imprisonment for blasphemy. He is currently housed in the Toba Tek Singh district prison.

Meanwhile, a representative of ACCA International, a Christian rights group based in Pakistan, has contested the allegations against Sajjad, claiming that he was wrongly implicated and that the SIM card from where the alleged messages had been sent was registered in another person's name.