Man in Pakistan sentenced to death for anti-religious comment on Facebook

A man accused of posting disrespectful substance on Facebook has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan.

The court convicted Taimoor Raza after allegedly posting comments about the Prophet Muhammad, his friends and wives said.

The prosecutor who was a part the case said it was the first time when someone was sentenced to death in the country for a situation identified with web-based social networking.

Human rights campaigners have communicated concern around the whole matter while Facebook itself still can’t seem to remark on this issue.

The US firm already declared in March that it was conveying a group to Pakistan to address the administration’s worries about the disrespectful substance on its administration, but added that despite everything it wished to secure the protection and rights of its individuals.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has portrayed obscenity similar to an “unpardonable offense”.
Raza’s case was heard by a court dealing with anti-terrorism in Bahawalpur – around 309 miles (498km) from the capital of the country Islamabad.

His legal advisor said the 30-year-old had been in an argument about Islam on the community with somebody who had ended up being a counter-terrorism official.

The prosecutor said the accused had been captured subsequent to playing profane material from his phone at a bust stop, taking after which his handset had been seized and investigated.

Raza will have the capacity to bid against his sentence at Lahore High Court and at that point, if required, in Pakistan’s Supreme Court.

The Express Tribune, a daily paper in Pakistan, announced that the decision came days after a professor in college was refused his bail for another situation including allegations of blasphemy via web-based networking media in Pakistan.

Tahir Imran, BBC Urdu social media editor, says, “This is a dramatic time for Pakistani social media. Once considered a platform where people could express themselves freely, it is now a place where people worry about the consequences of commenting.

Instead of acting to restore confidence and safeguarding the masses’ right to freedom of expression, the government has been busy making threats through TV and newspaper adverts.”


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