Pakistani Court Issues Death Sentence For ‘Blasphemous’ Facebook Post


An antiterrorism court in Pakistan on June 10 sentenced a Shi’ite man to death for posting information on Facebook that the court deemed as blasphemous.

The sentence against 30-year-old Taimoor Raza was announced by Judge Shabbir Ahmed in Bahawalpur in eastern Punjab Province.

The court ruled that Raza posted derogatory content on Facebook in 2016 about Sunni Muslim religious leaders and the wives of the Prophet Muhammad.


Rights groups say Pakistan’s blasphemy laws often are abused in order to settle personal vendettas. Read more here.



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