Man in Peshawar Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy
Peshawar: A 42-year old man, convicted for blasphemy as he uploaded a video on the internet was handed a death sentence and fined Rs100,000 by the local court, on Thursday.
Mohammad Tahir Aurangzeb, the additional district and session’s judge stated that the prosecution had substantiated the case against the accused in the light of the evidence gathered on record. Bashir Mastan, a resident of Charsada was handed the sentence as the evidence connected him to the commission of the offense.
The accused was convicted under section 235-C of the Pakistan Penal Code and it was also ordered that the sentence should not be carried out unless verified by the Peshawar High Court. The judge while giving his sentence also convicted the accused under section 298 PPC, sentencing him to a two year harsh imprisonment.
The FIR of the incident was registered at the Inqilab police station in Peshawar on Sept 7th, under sections 295-C (disrespectful remarks against the Holy Prophet) and 298 (expressing words that wound religious sentiment) of the PPC and sections 15 of the Arms Act.
The station SHO also stated in the FIR that in the viral video the accused can be observed making deceitful claims of being a prophet resulting in a severe public uproar.
The police tracked the accused through his cellphone and took him into custody from his relative’s residence based in the Pandhu area. Additionally, it is also stated by the police that a firearm was also confiscated from the suspect after his incarceration.