‘Mohammedan Fanaticism Choking Pakistan’

“A court in Pakistan has sentenced a man to death for comments he made about the ‘prophet’ Mohammad on ‘Facebook’. 

“In an unprecedented legal sentencing, 30-year-old Taimoor Raza was found guilty at a court in Bahawalpur of committing blasphemy online.

“Mr Raza was arrested last year after a man he engaged in an online debate with about Islam revealed himself to be a counter-terrorism agent, according to defence lawyer Rana Fida Hussain…

“The ruling is a further step towards a nationwide shutdown of online dissent in Pakistan, where unproven allegations of blasphemy have already led to violent mob lynchings

“While Mr Raza is the first to be sentenced to death for blasphemy on social media, a number of other Pakistani citizens are on death row for making similar comments in public

Taimoor Razan, 30, was sentenced to death for sharing blasphemous content on Facebook.

Criticising the Islamic ‘prophet’ in Pakistan is punishable by death under the country’s law – and the mere suspicion of blasphemy can lead to death by mob violence.

“A 10-year-old boy was killed last month when a violent mob attacked a police station in an attempt to lynch a Hindu man for his “insulting” religious expression…

“Local authorities have even asked ‘Twitter’ and ‘Facebook’ to help them identify users who share blasphemous material…

“Alarmingly, citizens who falsely accuse others of blasphemy are not punished for making the allegations.

“‘Human Rights Watch’ lawyer Saroop Ijaz said:

The casual manner in which death sentences are handed in blasphemy cases coupled with the lack of orientation of Pakistani courts with technology makes this a very dangerous situation.”

“Mr Saroop branded the fusion of national security and religious belief “very alarming”, and added:

Such sentences will embolden those who want to wrongly frame people.”

–‘Pakistani man sentenced to death for sharing content about prophet Mohammad on Facebook’,
HARRY WALKER, Express (U.K), June 12, 2017

Feature IMAGE: Getty

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/815891/taimoor-raza-pakistan-death-sentence-blasphemy-law-social-media-human-rights

Muslim activist Shazia Awan asked viewers to offer their opinions how blasphemy should be punished.

“THE ‘BBC’s Asian Network sparked a furore after a Muslim activist asked viewers to send in ideas on the best punishment for blasphemy.

“The BBC presenter sparked uproar when she asked BBC Asian Network Twitter followers:

What is the right punishment for blasphemy?

“The question was criticised by viewers horrified that the BBC would assume that blasphemy must be punished in some form.

Muslim activist Shazia Awan asked viewers to offer their opinions on the method to punish those that commit blasphemy.

“Blasphemy is already punished by death or severe jail terms in some Muslim-majority countries, such as Pakistan and Malaysia…

“By the next day, the BBC tweeted its “apologies” for the “poorly worded question“.

“A spokesperson added:

We never intend to imply Blasphemy should be punished. Provocative question that got it wrong.”

“The incident came after Pakistan demanded that ‘Facebook’ help to

crack down on blasphemous content“.

“‘Facebook’ have already agreed to send a team out to the country to potentially ‘help’ {suppress freedom of speech}.

“Earlier this week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif described blasphemy as an

unpardonable offence“.

Since 1990, 62 people accused of blasphemy in Pakistan have been murdered before their trials ended

— ‘Uproar as BBC Asian Network Muslim presenter asks for ideas to PUNISH blasphemy’,
OLI SMITH, Express (U.K.), March 18, 2017

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/780833/BBC-Asian-Network-blasphemy-punishment

See also:
“The man who spent his life singing the praises of the ‘prophet’ Muhammad…was accused of blaspheming the ‘prophet’, and he was executed for it.

“During ‘Ramadan’.

“One of Pakistan’s most famous and respected musicians, celebrated for devotional songs from a centuries-old mystic tradition, has been shot dead by ‘Taliban’ gunmen in Karachi…”

–‘You Can’t Kill The Music’ (Murder of Pakistani Musician) {July 30, 2016}:
https://saynotosegregation.wordpress.com/2016/07/30/you-cant-kill-the-music/

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