Pakistani court sentences Christian man to death for blasphemy

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A Pakistani court has convicted and sentenced a Christian man to death for posting ‘blasphemous posts’ on social media. Last year, in Punjab province, a mob attacked and set fire to several churches and houses of minority communities in protest against the accused’s alleged posts.

Lahore. A Pakistani court convicted a Christian man of posting ‘blasphemous posts’ on social media and sentenced him to death. Officials gave this information on Monday. In Punjab province last year, a furious mob attacked and set fire to several churches and houses of minority communities in protest against the alleged post of the accused. In August 2023, after reports of alleged desecration of the Quran by two Christians, a mob set fire to at least 24 churches and 80 houses of the Christian community in Jaranwala tehsil of Faisalabad district, about 130 km from Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

After the incident, police had detained about 200 Muslims but none of them has been convicted so far. Rather, 188 of them have been either acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence or released on bail. Special Judge for Anti-Terrorism Cases (Sahiwal) Zainullah Khan on Saturday sentenced Ahsan Raja Masih to death and imposed a fine of 1 million Pakistani rupees. He also sentenced a total of 22 years imprisonment under various sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Prohibition of Electronic Crimes Act.

Masih allegedly posted ‘blasphemous content’ on TikTok and hurt the sentiments of Muslims. Based on the complaint by the police officer, an FIR was registered against him under various sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Prohibition of Electronic Crimes Act. Akmal Bhatti, president of the All Minority Alliance, said that despite a year having passed, not a single person (Muslim) who set fire to Christian houses and places of worship in Jaranwala has been punished. He lamented, “Hardly 12 Muslims are currently facing trial in the case and the rest have either been acquitted or released on bail.

Disclaimer: CricketInFocus has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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