one of the worst News pubed on Jan8th 2021., it says Islamabad ATC sentences 3 to death for sharing blasphemous content on social media
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Friday sentenced three men to death for sharing blasphemous content on social media. A fourth accused in the same case was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
The ATC also issued perpetual arrest warrants for four accused, absconding in the case.
According to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which had investigated the case, Rana Nouman Rafaqat and Abdul Waheed operated fake profiles and disseminated blasphemous material on social media, while Nasir Ahmad had uploaded blasphemous videos to a Youtube channel. On Friday, the verdict was announced by Islamabad ATC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas, who found all three guilty of having committed blasphemy.
A fourth individual, Professor Anwaar Ahmed, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs100,000. He had been arrested for disseminating controversial blasphemous views during a lecture at the Islamabad Model College where he was an Urdu teacher.
All four convicts were initially arrested in 2017 in connection with the blasphemy case. According to the FIR, registered by the FIA on March 19, “There are several unknown people/groups disseminating/spreading blasphemous material through internet using social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, websites, etc. through alleged profiles/pages/handles/sites etc
… and several others wilfully defiled and outraged religious feelings, belief by using derogatory words/remarks/graphic designs/images/sketches/visual representations in respect of the sacred names.”
The four individuals were indicted by the ATC on Sep 12, 2017, when they had pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. The ATC had also previously dismissed the bail plea of Professor Anwaar Ahmed in the same case.
During the proceedings, spread over the last three years, the prosecution produced 19 witnesses against the accused. Meanwhile, the witnesses for the defence were not admitted by the court because they were blood relatives of the accused.
This is Pakistan's first case in which persons have been convicted for sharing blasphemous content on social media.
Human rights groups say blasphemy laws in Pakistan are often misused to persecute minorities or even against Muslims to settle personal rivalries. Such accusations can end up in lynchings or street vigilantism.
Up to 80 people are known to be imprisoned in the country on such charges — half of whom face life in prison or the death penalty — according to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.
THESE ROGUES IN LAWYERS ROBS RUINED THE COUNTRY SINCE ITS BIRTH using those Islamic STUPID HADITH and injecting those laws in to 20th century governments as the rules for sharia law in 20/21st century
four guys arrested in 2017 ., today three sentenced to death and one professor jailed for 10 years ..
Death sentence for Rana Nouman Rafaqat and Abdul Waheed
operated fake profiles and disseminated blasphemous material on social media,
Death sentence for Nasir Ahmad
had uploaded blasphemous videos to a Youtube channel
10 year imprisonment for Professor Anwaar Ahmed, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment,
along with a fine of Rs100,000. He had been arrested for disseminating controversial blasphemous views during a lecture at the Islamabad Model College where he was an Urdu teacher..
That is the news from land of pure., I was terribly wrong in supporting Mr. Imran Khan., I was under the impression he was going to cleanup such stupid cases and Judicial murders in the country ., but i was wrong, he turned out be a turncoat and supports the Blasphemy laws of Zia regime