Man gets death penalty over blasphemy on social media
By Kashif Zafar
Published: June 11, 2017
BAHALWALPUR: In a first, an anti-terrorism court in Bahawalpur sentenced a man to death for committing blasphemy on social media.
According to details, the counter-terrorism department in Multan registered a case against Taimoor Raza on charges of blasphemy.
Based on the charges, Raza was arrested and presented in an anti-terrorism court in Bahawalpur. Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan, over the course of the trial, found significant proofs against Raza and awarded him a death sentence.
13-year-old boy killed as alleged blasphemy triggers violent protest in Balochistan Raza’s lawyer Rana Fida Hussain told AFP that his client was innocent and that he would appeal the conviction.
The government has launched a crackdown against social media users maligning Islam and state institutions.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had also warned, in a news conference on May 23, that no restriction would be imposed on social media, but at the same time unbridled freedom could not be allowed.
(With additional input from AFP)