Chitral man sentenced to death for blasphemy
CHITRAL: Additional district and sessions judge, Chitral Azhar Ali Khan on Wednesday awarded the capital punishment to Hazrat Ali Shah of Barenis village after conviction for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Mr Shah was booked under sub–sections 295 (a), (b) and (c) of Pakistan Penal Code Section 295 on March 10, 2011 for making sacrilegious remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The people of Barenis village had filed a complaint with police against him. Scores of villagers appeared before the court as witnesses.
Relatives, including mother and brother, have announced to dissociate themselves with Mr Shah over the remarks against Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). The court also awarded him Rs0.1 million fine and 10 years rigorous imprisonment. In the case, the prosecution was represented by Javed Hussain Mughal.
Former district public prosecutor Asmat Essa Khan told Dawn that the sub–section (c) of PPC Section 295 entailed capital punishment, while the sub-section (a) led to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims by disparaging their religious entities.
He said it was the first time in Chitral that a man had been booked for blasphemy and punished by the court after conviction.