Monday, March 19, 2012

Pakistani Police Officer Gets Life In Prison For Blasphemy

Pakistan Today reports that on Friday a court in the Pakistani city of Kasur imposed a life sentence and a fine equivalent to $2200 (US) for blasphemy on Police Station House Officer Manzarul Haq Shah Jahan.  The complaint against Jahan, alleging violation of Sec. 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code, was filed by Muhammad Younis who said that in a conversation about street crime with him and two others, Jahan had used blasphemous words against the Prophet Muhammad. Before filing the complaint, Younis discussed the incident with 65 members of a mosque. Several religious scholars have also issued fatwas against Jahan.