Pakistani sentenced to death for blasphemy
First time ever in the history of Pakistan, a man named Taimoor Raza was sentenced to death for blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad.
Blasphemy is the act of insulting and showing contempt against religious persons or sacred things, or towards something considered to be sacred.
Lahore (News Desk), according to anti-terrorist court under the supervision of Justice Shabbir Ahmed, a very important decision has been taken.
Shafiq Qureshi, public prosecutor in Bahawalpur, south of provincial capital Lahore told the Reuters News Agency, “An anti-terrorism court of Bahawalpur awarded him the death sentence. It is the first-ever death sentence case that involves social media.”
He told Reuters News agency that Raza was arrested after playing blasphemy and hate speech material on his phone on a bus stop in Bahawalpur, where a counter-terrorism officer arrested him.
Taimoor Raza was 30 years old man basically belongs to Lahore but he was arrested from Bahawalpur. He posted insulted material about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) , his wives and his companions.
Solid proofs had been provided to the court against this cursed man. Furthermore the material was obtained by Raza’s phone which led to his convictions.
Police is investigating 20 more students in connection to the Marshal Khan murder who was a student and was beaten to death on April, 2017 making a religious hate speech.
If we look back the history of Pakistan, in year 2011 Governor of Punjab, Pakistan Salman Taseer was shot by one of his body guards in the capital, Islamabad. Two months after his assassination Shahbaz Bhatti, the Federal Minister in Minorities affairs was shot to death due to blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad.
Nasir Jalil said, “Blasphemy is a very controversial law in Pakistan because people feel very strongly about it, and we naturally respect the sentiments of all the people.”
No doubt, Pakistan is the land of hot spicy issues. Pakistani blasphemy laws have been on the books since 1947. But the use of this law has been increased in year 1980 during the Zia-ul-Haq’s Islamisation compaign. It is evident from the above references that the punishment for the act of blasphemy in any religion or any form is very severe. The current law is compliant with the ethical and moral values of society Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Correspondent: Syeda Faiza Bukhari