Source: Al Jazeerah
By Asad Hashim
More than 250 members of the Ahmadi sect have been killed since 1984, according to the community [Reuters]
Islamabad, Pakistan – Three members of Pakistan‘s persecuted Ahmadi sect have been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in the central town of Sheikhupura, a community spokesperson said.
Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed were convicted by the court on Wednesday for insulting Prophet Mohammad under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, Ahmadi community spokesperson Saleemuddin told Al Jazeera.
The three men were arrested in May 2014 after they tore down religious posters in Bhoiwal, a village about 22km southwest of the city of Lahore.
Khalil Ahmed, a fourth accused, was shot and killed in police custody just days after the incident took place.
While the accused claimed the posters carried anti-Ahmadi slogans, the prosecution said they carried religious significance and that tearing them down was tantamount to insulting the prophet.
Saleemuddin said that the Ahmadi community would challenge the trial court’s decision in the high court.