Blasphemy charges: Man gets death sentence in Chitral

Published: November 15, 2012

Hazrat Ali Shah declared guilty by Additional Sessions judge, fined Rs100,000. PHOTO: FILE

CHITRAL: A man accused of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was declared guilty and awarded a death sentence along with a fine worth Rs100,000 by Additional Sessions Judge Azhar Ali Khan in Chitral.

According to prosecutors, Hazrat Ali Shah uttered something blasphemous against the Holy Prophet (pbuh) in March 2011 in his village of Barenis, which was testified by many villagers.

Police registered a case under Sections 295 –(a), (b) and (c) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The convicted man allegedly stood on the roof of his house and spoke loudly and inappropriately against the Prophet (pbuh) about one and a half year ago, creating a tense situation in the village, after which police arrested him and lodged a case.

Another blasphemy case in Pakistan saw Aasia Noreen, a Christian woman commonly known as Aasia Bibi, sentenced to death in November 2010.

Her appeal case is still due to be heard in the high court.

Reader Comments (41)

  • poleturtle
    Nov 15, 2012 - 3:04PM

    When you have these stupid in-human laws, the Judges cannot but follow them.

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  • Another Patriot
    Nov 15, 2012 - 3:10PM

    You guys have nothing to do except spreading anarchy in your own country. Shame on You Media

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  • whab
    Nov 15, 2012 - 3:37PM

    why would he do that? No sound mind person just goes to his roof and starts shouting blasphemous things. Something fishy here

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  • Iqbal
    Nov 15, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Another nail in the coffin of Pakistan who still follows medieval laws. No wonder it is the laughing stock in the West.

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  • Xtreme
    Nov 15, 2012 - 3:54PM

    What is ‘false accusation’ here? The man went on for over an hour.. And still ‘allegedly’????

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  • Human
    Nov 15, 2012 - 4:00PM

    How many are going to misuse this Man made law?
    How many more Innocents are going to Die
    No one is ever going to Help us

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  • Abuturab Sahibzada
    Nov 15, 2012 - 4:07PM

    As you sow, so shall you reap. Probably the convicted should be given some chance of repentance and given to imprisonment instead.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 15, 2012 - 4:10PM

    Anyone knows if his mental state was considered?

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  • zehra
    Nov 15, 2012 - 4:23PM

    it is so easy to get rid of anyone i dnt like, i just gather frineds( or buy support) and go to police and say i sw this person saying bad abt the prohet and lo behold even thouse who were not in the witness come forward with statements against him and my path is cleared!! no proof is required it is just my word? how idiotic is that??

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  • Dajjal
    Nov 15, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Death penalty for a victimless crime?? Why is it that a country, which is so religious, is so immoral?

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  • cacha
    Nov 15, 2012 - 4:55PM

    The sentence is perfect for him if he is guilty..

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  • SK5
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:00PM

    I just don’t get one thing…..1400 years ago when Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) was abused by the people of taif and that jewish women, he(pbuh) still forgived them which is the greatest sign of his personality. So if someone abuses today should we be following what he did or follow what we usually do when someone abuses our families, friends etc….???. I remember when Iran had that death penalty on rushdie one of the mullahs said it was not because he abused the prophet but because he spoke “lies” about him. I don’t know its food for thought…..personally I’m offended by such acts cause it strikes home.

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  • Jibran
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:02PM

    All praise to Zia-ul-Haq and his political offspring Maulvi Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:10PM

    We don’t need to justify every thing to west, when it comes to blasphemy media try to find fault in it.

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  • something true
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:10PM

    if the man has done it death is fine, if not its not ok.

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  • Jat
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Khoon ke badle khoon.

    If this man is executed by the state, then the state will pay for it with its blood. Mark my words. You cannot kill a man for saying something.

    If this execution goes through, Pakistanis, in my eyes will demote themselves to a level that’s less than humans.

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  • Hella1
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Strange judgement. Why will this guy pay up a fine of Rs. 100,000 if he has been sentenced to death. He is going to die anyway. Can he be killed twice if he refuses to pay? Alternatively what’s the point of imprisoning him in lieu of the fine, if he is to be killed anyway? Strange

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  • Jat
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:17PM

    @Acorn Guts: “Anyone knows if his mental state was considered?”

    Whatever his mental state was, even if he was 100% sane, the state cannot execute a man for this.

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  • Azhar
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Our courts are too scare to give verdict against the mob, therefore, all blasphemy cases should be heard by imported Judges from India and after the verdict judges should be immediately send back safely across the border.

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  • Akshay, India
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:41PM

    These stupid laws encourage blasphemy in non-muslim countries as every action has equal and opposite reaction. Its really shameful that fundamentalist muslims support such inhumane laws and try to censor any criticism of Islam or the prophet.

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  • Farhan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 6:20PM

    why would a man stand on top of the roof and say anything against Prophet Mohammed. either hes senile or the story is false. the judge btw is a lousy idiot.

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  • Jat
    Nov 15, 2012 - 6:24PM

    @Farhan: Agree with you 100%. But I have a question for you – if I can see it, you can see it, the whole world’s media can see it, why can’t your state ?

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  • Utkarsh
    Nov 15, 2012 - 6:30PM

    @Xtreme:
    How do you know he went on for an hour?

    Even if he did, only the most barbaric state would execute a man for saying something.

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  • It shouldn't
    Nov 15, 2012 - 6:50PM

    After this , I can draw following conclusions.

    1>Either all these followers are idiots/fools.

    2>Or the person who leads is a fool.

    3>Or the basic fundamental thing is Wrong and not follow-worthy.

    Choose which one is true for you

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  • B
    Nov 15, 2012 - 6:55PM

    Throw bombs, kill innocent women and children and even burn Mosques – You will be set free by the judges for this is the Land of the Pure.Recommend

  • Something Clever
    Nov 15, 2012 - 7:23PM

    @Hella1:
    So they can justify taking his possessions at some point even if he has relatives it’d go to.

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  • sidewinder
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:14PM

    nice ways to save your faith…..

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  • OK...
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:22PM

    Religion of Piece!!!

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  • Amir
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:23PM

    The jusge MUST have had no choice, with prescence of various religious bodies present in the court. If he had found the accused not guilty, he would have signed his own death warrant.

    The decision to either prosecute or not should be taken away from all lower court judges, and given soully to CJ of Pakistan, or to the President.
    I beleive we will fianlly see an end to this stupid and mis-used law once an for all,

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  • Python
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:33PM

    Pakistan’s situation today is no different from the ‘dark ages’ of europe where religion hand in hand with state did horrendous crimes.Infact this stituation is not limited to pakistan but the whole Islamic world which is yet to see the ‘age of enlightenment’.

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  • anwar
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:37PM

    The convicted man allegedly stood on the roof of his house and spoke loudly and inappropriately against the Prophet (pbuh) about one and a half year ago, creating a tense situation in the village, after which police arrested him and lodged a case.

    we should all get up on our roof (or stick our head out of our window) and yell (louder than speaking loudly) I AM SICK AND TIRED OF LIVING WITH IDIOTS WILL SOME COMPASSIONATE COUNTRY GIVE ME A GREEN CARD

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  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:47PM

    @It shouldn’t:
    Considering how little consideration you must have given to the matter to have come to such extreme ‘conclusions’, I think you should first convince us that this one event is sufficient to condemn the entire Islamic ecosystem first. The. Maybe we’ll pay heed to what you may have to say.Recommend

  • afzaalkhan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Don’t like the law leave simple as this.

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  • rashid
    Nov 15, 2012 - 9:33PM

    I wonder if the said ‘blasphemer’ was examined by a panel of psychiatrists to know his mental conditions. Barenis, the village from where the convict hails from, is apparently a stronghold of deobandi Sunni Muslims and a any person in his sane mind can’t even think of bringing any blasphemous thoughts in his mind, even if a non-Muslim, leave alone a Muslim going to his rooftop and saying offensive words against Islam. I strongly urge the Higher judiciary to take notice of the case and get him examined by a board of psychiatrists before carrying out the capital punishment.

    P.S: He has been disowned by his family, apparently out a fear of a backlash from mullahs so human right organization need to pursue the case.

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  • rashid
    Nov 15, 2012 - 11:14PM

    how stubpid and foolish those judges and police are…….. why would a sane person go on to the top of his roof and tell people to come and kill him thats totally ridiculous actuallly there is some other story behind this issue

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  • Richard Genge
    Nov 15, 2012 - 11:42PM

    Other religions have done it too, but it is crazy that people are killed over superstitions. Nobody has yet to provide any proof that there is a supreme being of any sort.

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  • Proud Muslim
    Nov 16, 2012 - 12:30AM

    Richard, that may be an issue for others but it cannot be for any Muslim or for any Muslim society. We have no doubt that such a supreme being exists; that supreme being sends messages to mankind, and that last and final such message was sent to us in the form of the Holy Quran through Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). After this no more messages from that Supreme Being will be coming to mankind, and no one else can claim to be a Prophet like Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to update that Message for mankind.

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  • BILL
    Nov 16, 2012 - 2:37AM

    @Proud Muslim: So if there is a God, let him do the punishing.Recommend

  • uridiots
    Nov 16, 2012 - 5:20AM

    @something true:
    You people are sick sick sick

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  • Dec 11, 2012 - 11:29AM

    @anwar: Welcome to India.

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  • Azhar
    Dec 12, 2012 - 12:01PM

    Judges will save their own life, even if they have to hanging 95% of the countries population.

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