Pakistan courtroom sentences Christian to loss of life on blasphemy prices

Lahore, September 8

A Pakistani courtroom on Tuesday sentenced a Christian man to loss of life on blasphemy prices.

Asif Pervaiz, a garment manufacturing unit employee, had been accused by his supervisor of sending derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad to him in a textual content message.

Insulting the prophet carries a compulsory loss of life penalty in Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim nation.

Pervais was convicted after a trial in Lahore that ran since 2013. His lawyer Saif-ul-Malook instructed Reuters he would enchantment the sentence.

The courtroom order, seen by Reuters, mentioned Pervaiz would first serve a three-year jail time period for “misusing” his telephone to ship the derogatory textual content message. Then “he shall be hanged by his neck till his death”.

He was additionally fined 50,000 Pakistani rupees ($300), the order mentioned.

Pervaiz instructed the courtroom his supervisor made the accusation solely after he had refused to transform to Islam, Saif-ul-Malook mentioned. The complainant’s lawyer, Murtaza Chaudhry, denied this was the case.

Human rights teams say blasphemy legal guidelines are sometimes misused to persecute minorities and even in opposition to Muslims to settle private rivalries. Islamist extremism has been on the rise in Pakistan and such accusations can find yourself in lynchings or road vigilantism.

A US citizen of Pakistani origin on a blasphemy trial within the northwestern metropolis of Peshawar in July was shot useless within the courtroom by a youngster who instructed bystanders he killed him for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

Since his arrest, the alleged shooter has been glorified as a “holy warrior” by supporters in Pakistan and 1000’s of Islamists have rallied to demand his launch. Reuters

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