ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court has sentenced three accused to death, and one to 10 years in prison, for posting blasphemous material on social media.
The anti-terrorism court judge, Raja Jawad Abbas, delivered the verdict. Accused Professor Anwar was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1 lakh. Three accused Abdul Waheed, Rana Noman Rafaqat and Nasir Ahmed were sentenced to death.
The court completed the trial and reserved its decision on December 15th, 2020, while the case had been pending for several years.
The Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court, in its order, wrote that the prosecution had succeeded in proving its case, and the accused have been convicted.
The FIA had registered a case on March 19th, 2017 under the provisions of the Islamabad High Court under the provisions of the blasphemy, anti-terrorism and anti-cyber crime act.
In the FIA investigation, eight suspects were named, four of whom were arrested namely: Prof. Anwar Ahmed, Nasir Ahmed, Abdul Waheed and Rana Noman Rafaqat , and four are absconding namely: Tayyab Sardar, Rao Qaiser Shehzad, Faraz Pervez and Pervez Iqbal. At least 40 witnesses appeared in the case.
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