Chris­tian sen­tenced to death in Pak­istan

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

LA­HORE: A Chris­tian man has been sen­tenced to death on blas­phemy charges by a court in east­ern Pak­istan af­ter a close friend ac­cused him of shar­ing anti-Is­lamic ma­te­rial, the de­fen­dant’s lawyer said on Friday. Blas­phemy is a crim­i­nal of­fence in Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity Pak­istan. Most cases are filed against mem­bers of mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties. Nadeem James, 35, was ar­rested in July 2016, ac­cused by a friend of shar­ing a blas­phe­mous ma­te­rial on the What­sapp mes­sag­ing ser­vice. Lawyer Riaz An­jum said his client in­tended to ap­peal against the ver­dict, passed on Thurs­day by a ses­sions court in the town of Gu­jarat. There was wide­spread out­rage across Pak­istan last April when stu­dent Mashal Khan was beaten to death at his univer­sity in Mar­dan fol­low­ing a dorm de­bate about re­li­gion.

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