Pakistan: Lahore court sentences Christian to death on blasphemy charges

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Factory worker Asif Pervaiz, who has been in custody since 2013, has been sentenced to death after sending “blasphemous” text messages to his supervisor. The Christian man will appeal the decision of a court in Lahore.

A Lahore court has sentenced a Christian man to death on charges of blasphemy, in the latest case involving the enforcement of Pakistan’s strict religious laws.

Asif Pervaiz, a garment factory worker, had been accused by his supervisor of sending defamatory comments about the Muslim Prophet Muhammad to him via text message.

Making insulting remarks about the prophet carries a mandatory death penalty in Pakistan.

7-year trial

Pervaiz, 37, was convicted after a trial in Lahore that has been ongoing since 2013. His lawyer Saif-ul-Malook told news agency Reuters that he would appeal Tuesday’s ruling.

The court said Pervaiz would initially serve three years in prison for “misusing” his phone to send the text. Then, the court said “he shall be hanged by his neck till his death.”

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