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Pakistan: Court upholds death sentence of Christian brothers in blasphemy case

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are frequently used to threaten and intimidate vulnerable religious minority communities. 

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, see here.

“Pakistan court upholds death sentence of Christian brothers in blasphemy case,” PTI, June 10, 2022:

A Pakistani high court has upheld the death sentence of two Christian brothers convicted for uploading blasphemous content on social media in 2011.

The Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench comprising Justice Raja Shahid Mehmood Abbasi and Justice Chaudhry Abdul Aziz on June 8 dismissed the appeals of convicts – Qaiser Ayub and Amoon Ayub – against their sentences.

A sessions court in 2018 sentenced the two Christian brothers to death on a complaint by Muhammad Saeed who alleged that they had insulted Prophet Mohammad and posted the blasphemous post on a website.

The case against the two brothers, who reside in Talagang Chakwal district, some 300 kilometres from Lahore, in Punjab province of Pakistan, was registered in 2011.

According to the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS-UK) that represented the brothers, Qaisar Ayub had a quarrel with a colleague at his office in 2011 over a “girl issue”, following which his rival approached the police for registration of a blasphemy case against him and his brother….

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