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A Pakistani policeman guards a jail entrance. — File Photo

CHAKWAL: After a trial spread over 14 months and conducted in an uneasy environment, Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Pervez Akhtar jailed a blasphemy accused for 10 years and imposed a fine of Rs200,000 on Tuesday evening.

The verdict left the lawyers of both groups baffled and they now intend to go to the Lahore High Court — one would file an appeal for getting the sentence quashed while the other would file a review petition.

Convict Ghulam Ali Asghar, a resident of Chinji village in Talagang tehsil, was booked on Nov 17, 2011, on a charge of blaspheming the Holy Prophet (PBUH) by misquoting a Hadith in Punjabi language.

Judge Raja Pervez Akhtar acquitted Ghulam Ali Asghar of the allegation levelled under 295-C (the section which forbids blaspheming the Holy Prophet [PBHU]), but imprisoned him for ten years under 295-A (which forbids outraging religious feelings) and also imposed a fine of Rs200,000. The convict will have to undergo an additional jail term of six months if he does not pay the fine.

Comments (4) Closed

S.A. Hyder, Ph.D. Jan 10, 2013 06:04pm
How many months of imprisonment did the Holy Prophet (PBUH) give to the women who used to throw garbage upon him every day when he passed under her window?
Sami Awan Jan 11, 2013 09:11pm
How Muslims can defend their religion as a religion Peace is a question mark now a days under these circumstances.
Zoltan Barabas (@TheTransceiver) Jan 11, 2013 10:29pm
Take a bow Pakistan.
foobar Jan 12, 2013 07:39am
He deserved it.