Youth booked over blasphemy in Haripur

Published: October 1, 2017
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 a four year imprisonment. PHOTO: AFP

Chinese civil rights blogger to serve a four year imprisonment. PHOTO: AFP

HARIPUR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police on Saturday arrested a young man for allegedly uploading blasphemous matter on a social networking site and registered a case against him under Section 298-A of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The case was registered on an application alleging that Syed Ahsan Shah, a resident of Kot Najeebullah, had uploaded blasphemous material on Facebook.

Sources said the police arrested the accused and presented him in a local court, which later approved his bail application.

An official said the complaint was moved against Shah by people in his neighbourhood.

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Four people, including two women, were also booked under the blasphemy law a day earlier for allegedly mocking the religion and sentiments of Muslims.

According to the FIR registered in Sindh’s Jamshoro district, one of the accused – Nayab Sarkash – had acted as  nikah khwan (marriage officiate) and solemnised marriage of two other accused, Sindhia with Nazeer Khoso, according to Shariat-e-Latifi – poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s canonical law.

The complainant claimed the act ridiculed and profaned Shariat-e-Muhammadi. According to him, the police came to know about the incident through social media after a video of Sarkash solemnising the nikah spread like wildfire, drawing both condemnation and support.

[WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM NEWS DESK]

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