Christian is sentenced to demise in Pakistan after being accused of ‘blasphemy’ when he refused his employer’s request to transform to Islam
- Asif Pervaiz, 37, has been in custody since 2013 accused of blasphemy
- He claims his manufacturing facility supervisor tried to transform him to Islam after he stop the job
- Asif says when he refused, he was accused of sending blasphemous texts
- Pakistan has strict legal guidelines which carry a demise penalty for insulting Islam
A Christian man has been sentenced to demise in Pakistan for sending ‘blasphemous’ texts to a former supervisor at work.
Asif Pervaiz, 37, has been in custody since 2013 for allegedly insulting Islam and was discovered responsible in Lahore on Tuesday however denies any wrongdoing.
He claims after quitting his job at a hosiery manufacturing facility, his supervisor Muhammad Saeed Khokher tried to transform him to Islam.
Pakistani troopers stand guard outdoors the Lahore Excessive Courtroom in 2018. A Christian man has been despatched to demise in Pakistan for sending ‘blasphemous’ texts to a former supervisor at work
However Asif says when he refused to vary his beliefs, he was then accused of getting despatched blasphemous texts about Islam to his boss.
Asif’s lawyer Saif-ul-Malook instructed Al Jazeera: ‘The complainant was a supervisor in a hosiery manufacturing facility the place Asif was working beneath him.
‘He denied the allegations and stated that this man was attempting to get him to transform to Islam.’
The lawyer added Asif would attraction his sentence of a three-year jail time period and a advantageous of 50,000 Pakistani rupees ($300) for ‘misusing’ his cellphone to ship the derogatory textual content message.
The courtroom order stated Asif can be ‘hanged by his neck until his demise’ after serving the jail time.
Asif spoke in his personal defence through the trial, saying he was confronted by his boss after he stop the manufacturing facility job.
However Khokher denies desirous to convert his Christian colleague, in response to his lawyer, Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry.
He stated: ‘He has taken this defence after the actual fact, as a result of he had no different clear defence. That is why he accused him of attempting to transform him.’
Cops collect at an entry gate of district courtroom after Tahir Shamim Ahmad, who was in courtroom accused of insulting Islam, was shot lifeless by an assailant who walked into the courtroom
Chaudhry added that different Christians work on the manufacturing facility and none have accused Khokher of attempting to transform them to Islam.
Pakistan has strict blasphemy legal guidelines which carry a demise penalty for individuals who insult the Prophet Muhammad, Islam, the Quran or sure holy folks.
There are no less than 80 folks in jail in Pakistan accused of blasphemy, with half going through life sentences or the demise penalty, america Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom discovered.
An amazing 98 per cent of the inhabitants follows Islam and critics say the regulation targets members of different spiritual teams together with Hindus and Christians.
Home and worldwide human rights teams say blasphemy allegations have typically been used to intimidate minorities and settle private scores.
Individuals shout slogans as they protest the discharge of Asia Bibi, a Christian accused of blasphemy, whose demise sentence was annulled by the Supreme courtroom, in Lahore, Pakistan, in November 2018
A US citizen of Pakistani origin on a blasphemy trial within the northwestern metropolis of Peshawar in July was shot lifeless within the courtroom by a teen who instructed bystanders he killed him for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
Since his arrest, the alleged shooter has been glorified as a “holy warrior” by supporters in Pakistan and 1000’s of Islamists have rallied to demand his launch
A Punjab governor was killed by his personal guard in 2011 after he defended a Christian lady, Asia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy.
She was acquitted after spending eight years on demise row in a case that drew worldwide media consideration.
Confronted with demise threats from Islamic extremists upon her launch, she flew to Canada to affix her daughters final yr.