Two Christians in Pakistan Get Death Sentence for Blasphemy

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 8 million and Rs 5 million respectively on the two convicts.

Updated28 Jun 2016, 08:35 PM IST
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Two Christians and a Muslim man were sentenced to death on 28 June by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court for committing blasphemy.

The Anti-Terrorism Court of Gujranwala district announced the verdict in the case which was pending for the last one year.

ATC Gujranwala Judge Bushra Zaman handed down death penalty to Anjum, Javed Naz (who are both Christians) and Jaffer Ali for committing blasphemy. Naz and Ali have been sentenced to an additional 35 years each.

The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 5 million on Anjum and Rs 8 million each on Naz and Ali.

Javed Naz was a cousin of Anjum and employed at one of his schools. When Anjum fired Naz on corruption allegations he turned against my brother. When Anjum stopped paying money to Naz, he along with his Muslim friend Ali got a blasphemy case registered against Anjum. My brother is innocent and we will challenge the ATC verdict in the superior court
Asif, Anjum’s brother

Asif said later Naz started blackmailing Anjum by claiming that he had his voice recorded in which he had made blasphemous remarks.

Police during investigation also booked Naz and Ali in the blasphemy case.

Pakistan’s tough blasphemy law has attracted criticism from rights groups, who say they are frequently misused to settle personal scores. Two high-profile politicians then Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti were murdered in 2011 after calling for reforms to the blasphemy law.

(With agency inputs.)

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Published: 28 Jun 2016, 08:12 PM IST

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