Pakistan was founded on the ideology of Islam and anything that disrespect or is regarded as blasphemous has to be dealt with strict measures based on the principles. A Pakistani court has sentenced death penalty to a man who allegedly committed blasphemy on Facebook. The man known as Taimoor Raza, aged 30 came after a high-profile crackdown against blasphemous content, which was initiated under the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Blasphemy is considered to be a very sensitive topic for Muslims in Pakistan. Insulting Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) is a serious offence and should be punished and dozens are in line with their death sentences to be carried out. According to the public prosecutor, Shafiq Qureshi in Bahawalpur stated that Raza was convicted for allegedly suggesting derogatory marks against Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) his wives and companions. He added that Raza was arrested after playing hate speech and blasphemous content on his phone at a bus stop, where a counter-terrorism officer put him to arrest and confiscated his phone.
An anti-terrorism court of Bahawalpur awarded him death sentence and is the first ever death penalty, which involves social media. It is also regarded as a rare case for counter-terrorism court to hear blasphemy cases. However, the charge sheet against Raza comprised counter-terrorism offences such as hate speech. There should be laws that should convict individuals that speak against Islam and the Prophet (P.B.U.H). Such offences should be addressed with immediate effect so that it does not lead to social disorder and the guilty are punished accordingly.
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