ATC awards death penalty to three over blasphemy
Islamabad’s anti-Terrorism court pronounced a judgement on three people, sentencing all of them to death for blasphemy on Friday.
The three accused were involved in operating blasphemous social media pages and allegedly insulted the religion.
However the case against the suspect was registered by a man, Hafiz Ehtesam in 2017, meanwhile, it has been proven that suspects have committed blasphemy.
The case was registered under Sections 295-A (Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting Its religion or religious beliefs), 295-B (Defiling, etc of the Holy Quran), 295-C (Use of derogatory remarks, etc., in respect of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)), 298 (Uttering words, etc with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings), 298-A (Use of derogatory remarks, etc in respect of holy personages), 298-B (Misuse of epithets, descriptions and titles, etc, reserved for certain holy personages or places) and 109 (Punishment of abetment if the Act abetted or committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Whereas, a professor has also been sentenced for 10 years and Rs 100,000 fine for creating religious biased remarks during a lecture. This is the first time in Pakistan that accused have been convicted for sharing blasphemous content on social media.