March 19, 2018

Youth booked over blasphemy in Haripur

News Source: Express Tribune
Author/s: Yawer Hayat
Originally published Date: October 01, 2017


HARIPUR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police on Saturday arrested a young man for allegedly uploading blasphemous matter on a social networking site and registered a case against him under Section 298-A of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The case was registered on an application alleging that Syed Ahsan Shah, a resident of Kot Najeebullah, had uploaded blasphemous material on Facebook.

Sources said the police arrested the accused and presented him in a local court, which later approved his bail application.

An official said the complaint was moved against Shah by people in his neighbourhood.

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Four people, including two women, were also booked under the blasphemy law a day earlier for allegedly mocking the religion and sentiments of Muslims.

According to the FIR registered in Sindh’s Jamshoro district, one of the accused – Nayab Sarkash – had acted as  nikah khwan (marriage officiate) and solemnised marriage of two other accused, Sindhia with Nazeer Khoso, according to Shariat-e-Latifi – poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s canonical law.

The complainant claimed the act ridiculed and profaned Shariat-e-Muhammadi. According to him, the police came to know about the incident through social media after a video of Sarkash solemnising the nikah spread like wildfire, drawing both condemnation and support.

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Talal Raza is a Program Manager at Media Matters for Democracy. He has worked with renowned media organizations and NGOs including Geo News, The Nation, United States Institute of Peace and Privacy International.

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