Convicted: Two get death sentence in blasphemy case

The convicts had claimed in 2011 that they had seen God.

Our Correspondent December 29, 2013
The convicts had claimed in 2011 that they had seen God. PHOTO: FILE


Additional Sessions Judge Chaudhry Zafar Iqbal on Saturday awarded death sentences to two men he found guilty of blasphemy.

According to the prosecution, Riaz Ahmed, 34, and Ijaz Ahmed, 38, residents of Haroonabad, devotees of Chaman Sarkar in Gujrat district, had claimed in 2011 that they had seen God.

Qari Muhammad Ahmed, 27, the complainant, a resident of Haroonabad, said that the convicts had also invited other people to join them in their union with God through Chaman Sarkar.

Malik Ghulam Qasim, the defence lawyer, told The Express Tribune that he would continue to fight against a law that could be easily misused to victimise innocent people.

“I tried my best to defend them,” Qasim said. “We seriously need to reconsider the blasphemy law and its enforcement,” he said.

Judge Chaudhry Zafar Iqbal also fined the convicts Rs100,000 each.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2013.


Parvez | 7 years ago | Reply

Our judicial system seriously needs to be overhauled.

Weirdity | 7 years ago | Reply

Some societies still live in the dark ages. Pakistan is top in that list. I really feel sad for decent civilized Pakistanis who have to bear the burden of these type of laws.

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