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3 members of Ahmadiyya community sentenced to death in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Three members of the persecuted have been sentenced to in Pakistan's province for committing blasphemy by tearing up posters that demanded boycott of the minority sect.

They have also been fined Rs 200,000 each and in case they don't pay the fine, they would undergo six months of rigorous punishment.


Additional District and Sessions Judge of Sheikhupura district of province Mian Javed Akram announced the verdict yesterday after the prosecution submitted evidence and presented all witnesses in the case.

A blasphemy case registered against them in May in 2014 for tearing religious posters.

According to Sharqpur police station official Muhammad Ashar, the people had displayed posters in the village urging social boycott of the "The posters carried Islamic verses," he said.

On removing the posters, a complaint was filed against the three men that led to their subsequent arrest.

The convicts admitted before the that they had removed the posters for demanding social boycott of but not to commit blasphemy.

Their counsel will challenge the verdict in the higher

Yesterday, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in- law Mohammad Safdar launched a tirade against the Ahmaddiya community, demanding their exclusion from the government and military service.

The was declared non-Muslims in through a constitutional amendment in 1974 during the tenure of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

This measure was later followed with former president Gen Ziaul Haq, making it a punishable offence for Ahmadiyyas to call themselves Muslim or to refer to their faith as Islam.

The community is also banned from preaching as well as from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. They are also not allowed to publish any material propagating their faith.

Members of the community in have often been targeted.

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First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 12:22 IST
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