College lecturer Junaid Hafeez sentenced to dying over blasphemy cost

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College lecturer Junaid Hafeez sentenced to dying over blasphemy cost

MULTAN: A district courtroom on Saturday sentenced educational Junaid Hafeez to dying on the cost that he had dedicated blasphemy.

Hafeez, a 33-year-old Fulbright scholar who was employed as a lecturer in a Multan college, was accused of committing blasphemy in 2013. Hafeez was charged with ‘liking’ an allegedly blasphemous submit on Fb.

Hafeez’s lawyer Asad Jamal criticised the dying sentence by saying that it was ‘most unlucky’ and that his consumer will enchantment the choice.

The sentence was introduced underneath Sections 295-A, 295-B and 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Part 295-A offers with “deliberate and malicious acts meant to outrage non secular emotions of any class by insulting its faith or non secular beliefs,” Part 295-B considerations the “Defiling, and so forth., of Holy Qur’an”, whereas 295-C offers with the “use of derogatory remarks, and so forth., in respect of the Holy Prophet.”

The courtroom, in its quick order, wrote that every one sentences handed to Hafeez shall run consecutively and the accused is not going to be entitled to the advantage of Part 382-B (discount of interval of sentence of imprisonment) of the Felony Procedures Code “as a result of in case of blasphemer, this courtroom has discovered no circumstances for taking lenient view and additionally it is not permitted in Islam”.

Police had accused Hafeez of working and disseminating blasphemous content material from a Fb web page. Nevertheless, the web page had remained lively even after fourteen months of his arrest.

After authorized consultants refused to take up Hafeez’s case, the Multan coordinator of the Human Rights Fee of Pakistan (HRCP) Rashid Rehman determined to symbolize the college lecturer.

Rehman had filed a petition with the Lahore Excessive Courtroom (LHC) to shift the case to Lahore from Multan. Rehman had mentioned that the surroundings of worry and intimidation in Multan had pressured him to make the request.

The LHC had turned down the petition by stating that there was “no materials in help of the apprehension expressed on behalf of the petitioner” and requested Rehman to hunt safety from Multan police.

In 2014, Rehman was discovered shot to dying by assailants.

“The prospect of Hafeez getting even a semblance of honest trial got here into query when his counsel Rashid Rehman was brutally murdered inside his chambers,” Hafeez{‘s} household mentioned in a written assertion issued after the decision.

“These concerned within the homicide had been by no means apprehended. Rehman{‘s} homicide resulted in a wave of worry, pushing aside different legal professionals from taking on his defence.

“The failure to apprehend those that shot Rehman useless signalled impunity for different would-be vigilantes. May any choose in such circumstances take the danger of doing justice? Those that might had been transferred from the district or introduced underneath stress by teams of legal professionals working as mafias,” the household mentioned.

“An enchantment within the excessive courtroom will likely be filed quickly in opposition to the decision and hope that justice will likely be served at once,” it mentioned.

“In 5 years, at the least eight judges have heard Hafeez’s case, making a good trial nearly inconceivable,” the HRCP wrote in response to the decision.

“In the meantime, he [Hafeez] has undergone six years’ imprisonment in solitary confinement. Aasia Bibi, who was charged equally, was acquitted after eight years’ incarceration. There are grave implications right here for entry to justice in such instances.

“HRCP reposes its religion within the larger judiciary and hopes that the decision will likely be overturned in enchantment.”