A Christian man has been sentenced to dying in Pakistan for allegedly sending “blasphemous” textual content messages to his Muslim supervisor.
Morning Star News (MSN) studies Asif Pervaiz, 37, has been incarcerated for the previous seven years since he was charged with blasphemy after his former supervisor at his job in a garment manufacturing unit accused him of sending sacrilegious textual content messages from his cellphone, legal professional Saiful Malook mentioned.
On Tuesday, September 8, a courtroom sentenced Pervaiz to die. Malook instructed the AFP that Pervaiz denies all the expenses towards him.
“This case ought to have been thrown out by the choose,” the lawyer mentioned, including the prosecution had no proof and he could be interesting the decision to the Lahore Excessive Courtroom later this week.
“He has already spent seven years awaiting the courtroom’s choice. Who is aware of what number of extra years he must wait ’til that is over?” Malook instructed MSN.
Pervaiz has maintained that his supervisor accused him solely after he refused to resign his Christian religion to transform to Islam. He stop his job, however his supervisor continued to hound him at his new office.
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Malook mentioned his shopper misplaced his SIM card a couple of days earlier than the alleged incident and theorizes that the supervisor discovered the cardboard and used it to ship the textual content messages to Pervaiz’s telephone.
“It is tragic that Pervaiz has already spent seven years in jail through the trial, and God is aware of what number of extra years he must stay incarcerated until the excessive courtroom takes up his attraction,” he instructed the information outlet. “The worst factor in blasphemy instances is that the accused are left to rot in jail for years ’til their innocence is lastly proved.”
Malook is a Muslim who represented Asia Bibi, who was additionally sentenced to dying earlier than her case gained worldwide consideration and she or he was freed in October of 2018. As CBN Information has reported, blasphemy below Islamic regulation is against the law punishable by dying in Pakistan. Bibi was falsely convicted of blasphemy in 2010. A coworker accused her of insulting Islam after a dispute. The Christian mom spent virtually a decade on dying row earlier than lastly being launched.
Bibi now resides in Canada along with her kids. Again in February of this year, she requested the federal government of France for political asylum.
Christians and different spiritual minorities proceed to be prime targets for abuse below Pakistan’s blasphemy legal guidelines.
There are round 80 individuals now in jail in Pakistan accused of blasphemy, with half of these going through life sentences or the dying penalty, in response to the US Fee on Worldwide Non secular Freedom.
A few of the accused by no means make it to trial. Again in July, Tahir Ahmad Naseem, a US citizen, was shot and killed in a courtroom in Peshawar, Pakistan. The assailant claimed to have shot Naseem as a result of he had belonged to the Ahmadiyya religion.