In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 10th, September, 2020

Court docket Sentences Christian To Dying For Insulting Prophet Muhammad

Court Sentences Christian To Death For Insulting Prophet Muhammad

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A Christian man has been sentenced to dying by a Pakistani court docket after discovering him responsible of blasphemy for insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in textual content messages he despatched to a Muslim co-worker in 2013.


The information was made public on Thursday by a protection lawyer.


Saiful Malook mentioned his consumer, 37-year-old Asif Pervaiz, was convicted and sentenced this week within the jap metropolis of Lahore. It was the most recent instance of the Islamic nation’s strict upholding of blasphemy legal guidelines.


Malook mentioned the court docket rejected Pervaiz’s denial of the fees and he plans to attraction.


Pervaiz was accused of blasphemy by Muhammad Saeed Khokher, a supervisor in a hosiery manufacturing facility the place Pervaiz labored. Throughout his trial, Pervaiz claimed he was accused after he refused to transform to Islam.


Prosecutors, nonetheless, submitted proof that Pervaiz despatched textual content messages to Khokher that comprise insulting remarks in opposition to Islam’s Prophet, based on a court docket doc. Khokher in his testimony denied pressuring Pervaiz to alter his faith.


Below Pakistan’s blasphemy legal guidelines, anybody accused of insulting Islam or different non secular figures could be sentenced to dying if discovered responsible. Whereas authorities have but to hold out a dying sentence for blasphemy, simply the accusation of blasphemy could cause riots in Pakistan.


The most recent improvement comes weeks after a Pakistani man killed an American, Tahir Naseem, inside a courtroom within the metropolis of Peshawar the place he was on trial for blasphemy. Naseem had been arrested two years in the past after he allegedly declared himself Islam’s prophet.

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Home and worldwide human rights teams say blasphemy allegations have typically been used to intimidate non secular minorities and to settle private scores. A Punjab governor was killed by his personal guard in 2011 after he defended a Christian girl, Aasia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy. She was acquitted after spending eight years on dying row and left Pakistan for Canada to affix her household after receiving threats.

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