Pakistani man sentenced to death for blasphemous posts on Facebook

Taimoor Raza was accused of making negative remarks about Islam on Facebook

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Pakistani man sentenced to death for blasphemous posts on Facebook The government is cracking down on online defamation expressed on social media (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 13, 2017

A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to death for posting blasphemy on Facebook after an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan found him guilty.

Taimoor Raza contributed to a debate about Islam on Facebook where he was accused of commenting negatively about religious figures, including Prophet Muhammad. However unknown to Raza, he had been conversing with a counter-terrorism agent.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said that 15 people in total were arrested by the government department on the grounding of blasphemy.

Waseem Abbas, Raza's brother, told the Guardian that the family were poor but literate members of the Shiite Muslim community.

"My brother indulged in a sectarian debate on Facebook with a person, who we later come to know was an official with the name of Muhammad Usman," he said.

The Pakistani government is cracking down on online defamation expressed on social media platforms and overall internet use.

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