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Man sentenced to death for blasphemy

16 November, 2012

CHITRAL: A court has condemned a man to death for blasphemy, believed to be the first such sentence since a Christian woman in 2010.

Hazrat Ali Shah, 25, was convicted of blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the holy Quran during a quarrel in his village in northern Pakistan in March 2011.

"The additional sessions judge Azar Khan has passed a sentence on him (Shah) of capital punishment and imprisonment for 10 years under the charges of blasphemy," Syed Zamurd Shah, the district and sessions judge in the northern city of Chitral, told AFP. He said the sentence was announced on Wednesday after people from the village gave evidence against Shah.

In November 2010 an international outcry erupted after a Pakistani court sentenced a Christian mother of five, Aasia Bibi, to death after Muslim women claimed she made derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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