Blasphemy charge added after protest

DSP (legal) had recommended case be filed under Telegraph Act.

Express May 27, 2011


Area police have added Section 295-A and 298-A (blasphemy law) in a case first registered against a man under Telegraph Act for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to the complainant.

Clerk Abdullah told The Express Tribune that the two sections were added following a protest demonstration in front of the police station. He said DSP Ahsan Chohan had then ordered them to add the sections to the FIR.

Abdullah said they had registered the case under the Telegraph Act (Section 29-D) on advice of DSP (legal) Hafeezur Rahman. He said Rahman had gone through the complaint and suggested that it was a case of misuse of mobile phone and not of blasphemy.

He said Basharat was arrested on May 19 after a complainant was received against him.

He said the complainant, Shehzad, had stated in the application that he had known Basharat for more than four months.

He accused Basharat of sending text messages that contained blasphemous content about the companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh).

One of the protestors was arrested by the police under the Maintenance of Public Order law.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2011.


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