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Pak Shia man sentenced to death for posting blasphemous content on Facebook

The first capital punishment handed down for blasphemy on social media in the country

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

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A man belonging to the minority community in has been sentenced to death by an anti-court for posting on Facebook, the first handed down for on in the country.

The sentence is the harshest among related sentences handed down so far in the country. has never executed anyone convicted of

Judge Shabir Ahmed of the Anti-Court in province's Bahawalpur district announced the sentence for 30- year-old Taimoor Raza on Saturday after holding him guilty of posting derogatory content on

According to the Counter Department of Police, Raza, who hails from Okara, some 200 km from Lahore, was arrested last year at Bahawalpur following complaints by his co-workers that he had shared on

is an extremely sensitive issue in where 97 per cent of the population is Muslim.

Pakistan's tough blasphemy law has attracted criticism from rights groups, who say they are frequently misused to settle personal scores.

Pakistan last year passed a controversial bill (Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016) that proposed strict punishment for cyber crime offences.

First Published: Mon, June 12 2017. 17:30 IST