Publisher, columnist sentenced for blasphemy -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Publisher, columnist sentenced for blasphemy

MRPURKHAS: Abdul Ghafoor Memon, judge of an anti-terrorism court, here has sentenced two persons to 10 years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rsl0,000 on each, in a blasphemy case.

The accused are, Zahoor Ansari, the chief editor and publisher of a Sindhi daily, Alak and a columnist, Ayub Khoso.

They were charged under Section 295 for printing a feature about Prophet Younus, Prophet Noha and Prophet Adam in which abusive and insulting language was used.

In case they fail to pay the fine they will have to undergo an additional one year of rigorous imprisonment.

The judge further awarded each of them seven years imprisonment, under the Anti-Terrorism Act’s Sections 8(d) and 8(B) and imposed an additional fine of Rs.7,000. If they fail to pay this fine they would have to undergo RI for one more year. Both the accused are absconding.

The complainant in the case was the convener of the Tehreek Khatm-i-Nabowat, Mian Hamadi.

Source: Dawn