PAKISTAN: BLASPHEMY ACCUSED SENTENCED TO DEATH
January 23, 2014: A court in Rawalpindi (Pakistan) sentenced a self-proclaimed prophet to death after convicting him of blasphemy.
Additional district and sessions judge Naveed Iqbal also imposed a fine of Rs1 million on Mohammad Asghar, a 65-year-old British national.
Asghar was arrested in Sadiqabad in 2010 after he wrote letters to different people, a police officer among them, claiming that he was a prophet. Police booked Asghar under section 295-C of the PPC.
The section reads: âWhoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.â
The defence lawyer contended that since Asghar was suffering from mental disorder, his case should be treated on humanitarian grounds. The court constituted a medical board to verify the lawyerâs contention.
But the medical board said in its report that Asghar was psychologically stable and did not suffer from any disorder. (Sources: dawn.com, 24/01/2014)