Blasphemer Sentenced to Death in Pakistan

Reuters news agency reports that a Pakistani court has sentenced a man to death for allegedly committing blasphemy on Facebook. The conviction of Taimoor Raza, 30, follows a high-profile crackdown against blasphemy on social media by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Blasphemy is a highly sensitive topic in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where insulting the Prophet Mohammad is a capital crime for which dozens are currently sitting on death row. Even mere accusations are enough to spark a mass uproar and mob justice killings.

According to the report, Raza was arrested after playing blasphemous and hate speech material on his phone at a bus stop. A counter-terrorism officer arrested him and confiscated his phone. The material obtained from the phone led to Raza’s conviction.

Reuters report found here.

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