Court docket Sentences Christian To Dying For Insulting Prophet Muhammad
A Christian man has been sentenced to demise by a Pakistani courtroom 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 newest instance of the Islamic nation’s strict upholding of blasphemy legal guidelines.
Malook mentioned the courtroom rejected Pervaiz’s denial of the fees and he plans to enchantment.
Pervaiz was accused of blasphemy by Muhammad Saeed Khokher, a supervisor in a hosiery manufacturing unit 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 include insulting remarks in opposition to Islam’s Prophet, in accordance with a courtroom doc. Khokher in his testimony denied pressuring Pervaiz to alter his faith.
Underneath Pakistan’s blasphemy legal guidelines, anybody accused of insulting Islam or different spiritual figures might be sentenced to demise if discovered responsible. Whereas authorities have but to hold out a demise 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.
Home and worldwide human rights teams say blasphemy allegations have typically been used to intimidate spiritual minorities and to settle private scores. A Punjab governor was killed by his personal guard in 2011 after he defended a Christian lady, Aasia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy. She was acquitted after spending eight years on demise row and left Pakistan for Canada to affix her household after receiving threats.