On Saturday, Bahauddin Zakaria University lecturer Junaid Hafeez sentenced to death by a district and sessions court on blasphemy charges.
Formerly a visiting lecturer at the Department of English Literature of the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan, Hafeez was booked on blasphemy charges and was arrested by police on March 13, 2013. The trial of the case started in 2014.
According to details. Kashif Qayyum, Additional Sessions judge sentenced Hafeez to death and charged him with a fine of Rs 0.5 million under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). Hafeez was also sentenced life imprisonment under Section 295-B and 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 100,000 under Section 295- A of the PPC.
He has been lodged in the high-security ward number 2 of New Central Jail Multan. His previous lawyer, Rashid Rehman, was shot deat in May 2017 in his office.
Earlier this year, Hafeez’s parents had appealed to former chief justice Asif Saeed Khosa to look into their son’s case. They sought justice for Hafeez, fearing for his mental and physical health.
His parents had said their son had been languishing in solitary confinement in a cell of the Central Jail, Multan, for the last six years on the false charge of blasphemy.
“Due to transfer of many judges, delaying tactics of prosecution witnesses, and difficulties finding adequate legal counsel for the defence because of the sensitive nature of the case, our son continues to await justice in a fabricated case,” Junaid’s parents had said in a written appeal to the chief justice.