Pakistani Professor Junaid Hafeez sentenced to death for insulting Prophet Muhammad on social networks
APakistan court on Saturday sentenced a professor to death for publishing bad comments about the Prophet Muhammad on facebook. According to media reports, the cops had actually signed up a case on March 13, 2013 on charges of blasphemy versus professor Junaid Hafeez of the English literature department of Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan city of Punjab province.
The trial of the case began in 2014 and Junaid Hafeez was put in the ultra-safe ward of the new Central Jail in Multan.
According to reports, Additional Sessions Judge Kashif Qayyum sentenced Hafeez to death under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code and fined him Rs 5 lakh(in PKR). Hafeez’s attorney Rashid Rahman was shot dead in his workplace in 2014.
There has been a lot of ruckus in this matter in Pakistan and now after the choice is come, lots of intellectuals have condemned it. There is a charge of unnecessary hold-up in this case and many judges taking a look at it got transferred.
What are Pakistan’s blasphemy laws?
Blasphemy is a very sensitive topic in Pakistan, where insulting the Quran or Prophet Muhammad can lead to life imprisonment or capital punishment. Apart from this, after the blasphemy claims, lot of times the mob has actually been assaulting the accused. According to media reports, a minimum of 75 people have passed away in blasphemy charges because 1990. Among those eliminated include the implicated of blasphemy, individuals acquitted by the court, their attorneys, family members and the judges involved in their cases.
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