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A man was sentenced to death for making blasphemous Facebook posts


An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan sentenced a man to death after he was found guilty of making blasphemous posts on Facebook, the BBC reported.

Taimoor Raza, 30, was convicted after allegedly posting derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and companions on Facebook, the prosecutor said.

Raza’s brother, Waseem Abbas, told the Guardian that the family were poor but literate members of the country’s minority Shiite Muslim community.

“My brother indulged in a sectarian debate on Facebook with a person, who we later come to know, was an official with the name of Muhammad Usman,” he said.

Raza is the first person to be sentenced to death for blasphemy on social media. Many people are criticizing Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, saying they are violating human rights.

Amesty International even goes as far to suggest that these blasphemy laws are inciting people to take the law into their own hands.  

Nearly two months ago Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old journalism student in Pakistan, was fatally beaten and shot by an enraged student mob for allegedly blaspheming against Islam. 

The BBC reports that "Human rights activists accuse the government of pushing through a controversial cyber-crimes law without addressing their concerns."

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