Pakistani court sentences Christian man to death for blasphemy


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Source: Reuters

By Mubasher Bukhari

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A Christian man has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges by a court in eastern Pakistan after a close friend accused him of sharing anti-Islamic material, the defendant’s lawyer said on Friday.

Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Pakistan, and insults against the Prophet Mohammad are punishable by death. Most cases are filed against members of minority communities.

Nadeem James, 35, was arrested in July 2016, accused by a friend of sharing material ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad on the Whatsapp messaging service.

Lawyer Riaz Anjum said his client intended to appeal against the verdict, passed on Thursday by a sessions court in the town of Gujrat.

There was widespread outrage across Pakistan last April when student Mashal Khan was beaten to death at his university in Mardan following a dorm debate about religion.

Police arrested over 20 students and some faculty members in connection with the killing.

Since then, parliament has considered adding safeguards to the blasphemy laws, a groundbreaking move given the emotive nature of the issue.

There have been at least 67 murders over unproven allegations of blasphemy since 1990, according to figures from a research center and independent records kept by Reuters.

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3 replies

  1. I strongly believe that Allah will curse Pakistan, becayse Pakistan people have choost extremist Islamic leaders instead of Progressive liberal leaders.

    Allah say in Bible:
    Extremist leader will destroy his people but wise leader will bring peace, and prosperity.

    All love

  2. Prigressive Muslims around the world have to soeack up loudly and endlessly until your voice be heard to repeal Blasphemy, homosexual, apostacy law. Thay are not Syariah law from God and NOT also from prophet Muhammad pbuh etheir.

    • This act of punishment is the utmost disgrace to humanity by these barbarians.

      In this day and age this violence must be contained through a legal governing body that has influence upon these terrorists countries.

      Disclaimer: Everybody has the right to free thinking and opinionلاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ This is my personal opinion. I have no intention to offend anybody.

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