PAKISTAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR BLASPHEMY
June 21, 2011: an additional district and sessions judge in Talagang, Pakistan, sentenced a man to death for committing blasphemy.
Abdul Sattar, a 29-year-old resident of Larkana was sent to prison in Jhelum.
Mohammad Saeed, of Talagang town, had filed a complaint with the city police station on Feb, 2010. He said he had been receiving derogatory text messages and calls from a wrong number for several days. He told police that contents of the messages and conversation of the caller blasphemed Holy Quran, Prophet and Sahabas (companions of the Prophet).
A case was registered and District Police Officer Syed Ali Mohsin set up a special inquiry committee, headed by then Superintendent of Police (Investigation) Malik Matloob. The committee collected data of calls and text messages sent by a cell number belonging to Abdul Sattar, who was arrested in Larkana.
SP Matloob said Sattar had confessed to have committed the crime. âThe accused behaved quite normally when arrested,â the SP added. (Sources: DAWN.com, 21/06/2011)