Four people sentenced to death for blasphemy in Rawalpindi

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In a blasphemy case filed by the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing (CCW), an additional district and sessions court in Rawalpindi handed down death sentences to four accused. A fifth accused received a seven-year jail term.

The judgment, delivered by Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Ahsan Mahmood Malik in two separate cases, emphasized the gravity of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and desecration of the Holy Quran, deeming them heinous and unforgivable crimes. The judge firmly asserted that those who commit such acts should not receive any concession or leniency.

Judge Ahsan Mahmood Malik previously convicted Wazir Gul, Muhammad Amin, Faizan Razak, and Muhammad Rizwan, sentencing them to death and imposing a fine of Rs100,000 under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). Simultaneously, they were handed a life imprisonment sentence and a fine of Rs100,000 under Section 295-B of the PPC.

Additionally, the fifth accused, Usman Liaquat, received a seven-year jail term and was fined Rs20,000.

On September 12, 2022, a complaint filed by civilian Umair prompted the CCW to register a case against the five convicts. Subsequently, the CCW presented blasphemous videos and social media posts retrieved from the phones seized from the possession of the criminals to the court.

Muhammad Awais Raza is a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at the Government College University (GCU). Awais can be contacted via email at He is also available on Twitter under the handle @Awais_raza512