A Laborer in Pakistan Sentenced to Death for Defaming the Prophet Muhammad
Windowofworld.com – A worker in a Pakistan garment factory, Asif Pervaiz, was executed for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Quoted from the Reuters news agency, he was said to have sent hate speech several times about the Prophet Muhammad to his colleagues.
“Pervaiz will serve a three-year prison sentence for misusing his cell phone to send hate messages. After that, he will be hanged to death,” said a Pakistani court ruling, Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
Not only sentenced to prison and then hanged, Pervaiz was also fined. The fine he bore was worth 50 thousand Pakistani Rupe or the equivalent of Rp.4.5 million.
The Pervaiz case has actually been running for a long time. His trial was first held in 2013 and will likely be even longer as Pervaiz filed an appeal.
In his defense, Pervaiz said that accusations of blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad were directed against him after he refused to become a Muslim. Pervaiz is known to be a Christian. The reporting lawyer, Murtaza Chaudhry, denied this.
The blasphemy laws in Pakistan have been highlighted several times by human rights organizations. This is because the threat is the death penalty and the blasphemy laws can easily be used to attack those with different opinions or beliefs.
Some time ago, an American citizen of Pakistani descent was shot dead by a local resident because he was considered defamatory of Islam. The perpetrators of the shootings are, until now, considered martyrs by their Palestinian supporters.