Welcome to ...

The place where the world comes together in honesty and mirth.
Windmills Tilted, Scared Cows Butchered, Lies Skewered on the Lance of Reality ... or something to that effect.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pakistani man sentenced to death for anti-Islam content on social media

An anti-terrorism court in central Pakistan on Saturday sentenced a man, aged 30, to death for posting blasphemous content on social media. The judge conducted the judicial proceedings in the high-security prison in the city of Bahawalpur, prosecutor Mohammad Shafiq Qureshi told VOA.
The prosecutor explained that the court found Taimoor Raza guilty of using Facebook and WhatsApp to “disseminate" or "upload" hate material, including "offensive pictures and comments” against Prophet Mohammad and his companions. Raza has the right to appeal the verdict.
Qureshi said the Facebook account Raza was running had more than 3,500 friends, or followers.
The defense counsel was not immediately available for comments on the allegations against his client.
Counterterrorism forces arrested Raza about a year ago and police records showed the man had confessed he was working for outlawed Sipah-e-Muhammad, which is a Shi’ite militant group.
The organization has been locked in a deadly rivalry with militants from Pakistan’s majority Sunni Muslim population. The years of sectarian conflict has killed thousands of people around the country.
Pakistani authorities have been cracking down on social media activists suspected of disseminating blasphemous content through their accounts.
Dozens of activists have been detained or questioned in recent weeks in Pakistan, prompting harsh criticism from rights defenders.
Opposition parties have alleged the crackdown in the name of religion is mainly aimed at silencing political dissent and deterring critics who are calling for accountability of the country’s powerful military institution, along with its alleged intervention in political matters.
Pakistani officials deny the charges.
Insulting Prophet Mohammad can carry a death penalty in Pakistan.
Earlier this week, the country's Supreme Court exonerated a man sentenced to life imprisonment by a lower court on allegations of desecrating the Holy book of Quran.
The ruling noted that the lower courts "appeared to have not conducted a fair trial of the case" before awarding the punishment.
This does not help the dispelling of stereotypes about islam.
Whether or not he is guilty of terrorist activities the condemnation for 'blasphemy' is a joke and tactic used to repress and control the population.
It was used extensively before in western society during a period we call the Dark Ages by another 'religion' as it has been used by 'religions' from time immemorial and obviously it's use is still being attempted today in lesser societies.
Also this method will have the opposite effect as it has every time throughout the ages - it breeds terrorists not prevent them, so if he was a terrorist or not there will be one (or more) that are because of this.

No comments: