Death by hanging for insulting Mohammed in Pakistan

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A Pakistani judge has sentenced a Christian to death for blasphemy, lawyers said on Thursday, in the latest of a rising tide of such legal cases.

Judge Lahore Ghulam Murtaza Chaudhry sentenced Sawan Masih to hang after a Muslim said he had insulted the prophet Mohammed in the eastern city of Lahore a year ago.

The accusation against Masih sparked a riot in which Muslims burned more than 100 Christian homes.

“Today (the judge)announced his verdict that says that Sawan must be hanged and fined,” said Nameem Shakir, a lawyer for the accused. Masih planned to appeal, he said.

At least 16 people are on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy and at least 20 others are serving life sentences.

Pakistan has not yet executed anyone for blasphemy. Members of religious minorities say they are often threatened with such accusations.

The law does not require evidence to be presented in court and there are no penalties for false allegations.

Courts often hesitate to hear evidence, fearful that reproducing it will also be considered blasphemous. Activists who want to reform the law say it is often abused by those seeking to grab money or property from the accused.

Often the accused do not even make it to court. At least 52 people accused of blasphemy have been lynched since 1990, according to a 2012 report from the Islamabad-based think tank the Center for Research and Security Studies.

“The severe penalties for Pakistan’s blasphemy law make it one of the most repressive laws in the world,” said a report released this month by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a government advisory panel.

“Blasphemy charges commonly are used to intimidate members of religious minorities or others with whom the accusers disagree or have business or other conflicts.”

Judges have been attacked for acquitting blasphemy defendants, the report said.

Reuters

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38 responses to “Death by hanging for insulting Mohammed in Pakistan”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    “hanged and fined,โ€ …. as usual, they have it backwards.

    1. Patience2 Avatar
      Patience2

      That’s how there thinking works.

  2. So much for freedom of speech…I mean not every one believes in GOD! Granted people should be respectful, but Religious people always insult “none-believers” or people not one of them, judging them and labeling them, yet no one is calling for their heads or or trying to hang the believers, for sounding ignorant!

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      One for Andre … ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    What a mascarade of a justice is this, based on hear/say. However, not surprised, this is Islam: eliminating every one who criticizes it. What a peaceful religion !

    1. Leborigine Avatar
      Leborigine

      I usually do not discuss religion as it does not concern me and having brothers from all religions, I accept them all. I thought that you might find this interesting though because I consider him to be racist as he is generalizing.

      http://www.youtube.com/embed/RWcVguB0GaY

  4. give it few years , and you will see it happening in Lebanon.

  5. nagy_michael2 Avatar
    nagy_michael2

    so killing other fellow christians and even muslims the talibans get freed but insulting the prophet based on some rumors gets you killed.. how tough is this judge with the extremists? boycott pakistan and do not give them my money obama..

  6. libnan1 Avatar

    I don’t think it an Islam issue, it’s more like a Sunni issue. They kill Shia as well. Before long that place Pakistan will be a waste land.

    1. Patience2 Avatar
      Patience2

      Let us hope so.

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      A wasteland in future?? I think the future is here …

  7. It should be based on the testimony of at least two or more unrelated people rather than just one person.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      The Rioting is in itself a criminal activity, and if based on that ‘one’ accusation we can see the mentality driven into the misled heads.

  8. Drug Dealer Avatar
    Drug Dealer

    Like I have always said Islam and its followers are barbaric. If Mohammed was barbaric would you expect anything else from his followers?

    1. barabie Avatar

      And the award for the first bigoted comment goes to drug dealer.. Been getting into his/her own stash.

      1. Drug Dealer Avatar
        Drug Dealer

        Can’t you handle the facts? I guess that’s why you use my drugs to put you in your ideal world. Can you see anyone else in the world doing what Muslims are doing???

        1. barabie Avatar

          Ask the Iraqis in Fallajuh if it was Muslims who dropped white phosphorous and depleted uranium on their children!!!
          Ask the Rohingya children who massacred thier parents and siblings!!
          Ask the Kashmiris who is slaughtering them day by day!
          Ask the Palestinians who is depraving them of humanity and loved ones daily!!
          Ask the Chechens who is wiping them out!!!
          Go learn your facts before you come barking here

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            And, getting back to Pakistan after the rants, ask the girls who want to go to school.

          2. barabie Avatar

            The “NOW” u bark about is what Iraqis in fallujah are still dealing with u retard! The “NOW” u bark about is what the Palestinians are still dealing with u retard! The “NOW” u bark about the Kashmiris r still dealing with u retard!
            In fact stfu! U r another geo. hypocrite!

          3. barabie Avatar

            Oh and ask the Chechens, Yemenis, afghans, Bosnians etc about the “NOW”!! Retard

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            You forgot Crimeans. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          5. Lol. Now you are apparently a hypocrite. Stop giving facts and ONLY be pro Sunni and then she may take the hypocrite label of you 5th. Lol.

          6. barabie Avatar

            And there u go with ur sectarianism again. Lmfao u never miss an opportunity to b sectarian.

          7. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Actually, I think she said ‘retard’ …. too. :-))))

          8. barabie Avatar

            Sorry for lashing out but u started it by saying I was having a “rant”.

          9. Oh sweet heart, why are you sorry. After all you are so good at ranting. MWAH right back at you. Lol

        2. barabie Avatar

          Btw ask the jews who was it that nearly wiped them out in world war 2!
          Ask humanity who was it that was killing each other in world war 2!!
          “Don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house”!

          1. Drug Dealer Avatar
            Drug Dealer

            World war 1 who got there arse kicked?

          2. barabie Avatar

            Lovely that u avoided every single point I made. That speaks for itself. Good boy. Now sit!
            As for ww1, who started it? Lol stay boy!

        3. barabie Avatar

          Remind the readers who was it that developed weapons of MASS destruction originally!!

  9. Schlock Doctrine Avatar
    Schlock Doctrine

    This verdict is an insult to the Prophet. (pbuh)

  10. Btru2u Avatar

    4. In a decent society, the media should fulfil the worthy roles of holding politicians to account, and scrutinising and debating ideas. But by constantly exercising their โ€˜freedomโ€™ to incite to hatred and โ€˜freedomโ€™ to smear and gossip, all they do is fuel suspicion, hatred and disrespect for the religious beliefs of others. When newspapers like the Daily Mail attack the views of Muslims, through mockery, smear and caricature, they show clearly their โ€˜freedomsโ€™ are for the powerful press barons who make money out of such smears โ€“ and not for the victims of their smears, who face hostility on a daily basis โ€“ and reminds us of a warning in the Quran which says โ€˜Woe to every slandering defamer, who collects wealth and [continuously] counts it, He thinks his wealth will make him immortalโ€™

    5. Our message to the Muslim community is to understand the game that is taking place; to hold fast to the Islamic values that are misrepresented and smeared in the media on an ever-increasing basis; to understand this beautiful deen of Islam, and preserve it in our community; and to carry its example to everyone around us.

    6. The Muslim community cannot remain silent over such attacks, the silence becomes an indicator of acceptance for those who want to attack Islam . We should be very vocal against such attacks, letting such people know that our deen is not something we would compromise and are willing to take on any genuine misunderstanding and debate these matters in a respectful and dignified manner.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aZGlyymF00I

  11. Btru2u Avatar

    4. In a decent society, the media should fulfil the worthy roles of holding politicians to account, and scrutinising and debating ideas. But by constantly exercising their โ€˜freedomโ€™ to incite to hatred and โ€˜freedomโ€™ to smear and gossip, all they do is fuel suspicion, hatred and disrespect for the religious beliefs of others. When newspapers like the Daily Mail attack the views of Muslims, through mockery, smear and caricature, they show clearly their โ€˜freedomsโ€™ are for the powerful press barons who make money out of such smears โ€“ and not for the victims of their smears, who face hostility on a daily basis โ€“ and reminds us of a warning in the Quran which says โ€˜Woe to every slandering defamer, who collects wealth and [continuously] counts it, He thinks his wealth will make him immortalโ€™

    5. Our message to the Muslim community is to understand the game that is taking place; to hold fast to the Islamic values that are misrepresented and smeared in the media on an ever-increasing basis; to understand this beautiful deen of Islam, and preserve it in our community; and to carry its example to everyone around us.

    6. The Muslim community cannot remain silent over such attacks, the silence becomes an indicator of acceptance for those who want to attack Islam . We should be very vocal against such attacks, letting such people know that our deen is not something we would compromise and are willing to take on any genuine misunderstanding and debate these matters in a respectful and dignified manner.

    http://m.youtube.Com/watch?v=aZGlyymF00I

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      So … straighten out those who don’t understand anything. Easy enough it seems, in Pakistan, to just shout out ‘He defamed a God’ to have someone hung. I’m sure there’s a rope handy on every street just for the purpose. Maybe you could convince them it needs more than simply hanging people to convince them there’s something good there?

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Before looking at it, I always said ‘God Exists In Mankind’. ๐Ÿ˜‰
          It’s the interpretations that are screwed up.

          1. Btru2u Avatar

            The greatest fitnah for a person is for all the evidences to come together in front of him, and then he is still not convinced:

            { ูˆูŽู…ูŽู† ูŠูุฑูุฏู ุงู„ู„ู‘ู‡ู ููุชู’ู†ูŽุชูŽู‡ู ููŽู„ูŽู† ุชูŽู…ู’ู„ููƒูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ู ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ู‡ู ุดูŽูŠู’ุฆุงู‹ ุฃููˆู’ู„ูŽู€ุฆููƒูŽ ุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠู†ูŽ ู„ูŽู…ู’ ูŠูุฑูุฏู ุงู„ู„ู‘ู‡ู ุฃูŽู† ูŠูุทูŽู‡ูู‘ุฑูŽ ู‚ูู„ููˆุจูŽู‡ูู…ู’ }
            โ€œAnd whomsoever Allah wants to put in fitnah – you can do nothing for him against Allah. Those are the ones for whom Allah does not intend to purify their hearts.โ€ [Al-Mฤโ€™idah 5:41]

            ุฃุนุธู… ูุชู†ุฉ ู„ู„ุฅู†ุณุงู† ุฃู† ุชุฌุชู…ุน ูƒู„ ุงู„ุจูŠู†ุงุช ุฃู…ุงู…ู‡ ุซู… ู„ุง ูŠู‚ุชู†ุน (ูˆู…ู† ูŠุฑุฏ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูุชู†ุชู‡ ูู„ู† ุชู…ู„ูƒ ู„ู‡ ู…ู† ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุดูŠุฆุง ุฃูˆู„ุฆูƒ ุงู„ุฐูŠู† ู„ู… ูŠุฑุฏ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุฃู† ูŠุทู‡ุฑ ู‚ู„ูˆุจู‡ู…)

            โ€ช

          2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
            Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Fitnah must translate to intelligence, commonsense, enlightened, extremely lucky, not stupid brainwashed Arab, and quite friendly and approachable. I’m on the Fitnah side of things.

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