In Pakistan, a poem sent through WhatsApp can be deadly

In Pakistan, a poem sent through WhatsApp can be deadly

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According to Human Rights Watch, a court in the Pakistani province of Punjab condemned the death, on 14 September, of 35-year-old Christian Nadeem James for sending a poem to a friend considered insulting to Islam. However, James denied having sent the message.

James is not the only person in Pakistan sentenced to death for a job on social networks. In June, Taimoor Raza, 30, was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorist court in Bahawalpur district for allegedly making blasphemous comments during a Facebook talk with someone who eventually turned out to be an anti-terrorist agent on the hunt. quoted Saroop Ijaz, a lawyer employed by HRW in Pakistan.

In April 2014, a Christian couple was sentenced to death for sending a blasphemous text message to a local clergyman. The couple claimed they were illiterate and could not have sent a blasphemous text in English. Junaid Hafeez, a university professor, has been imprisoned for almost four years, facing a possible death sentence, on charges of sharing blasphemous material online. Hafeez’s lawyer was murdered in May 2014.

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