Two Christians and a Muslim have been sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan.
Anjam Naz and Javed Naz, both Christians, and Jafar Ali, a Muslim, were found guilty of insulting the ‘prophet’ Mohammed by the Anti-Terrorism Court in Gujranwala, Punjab province, and were also sentenced to 35 years in prison.
According to this report, the three were found to have insulted the “prophet” in an audio recording.
Said Mohammad Tanveer a senior police official:
When police arrested Javed and Jafar on May 15, they recovered an audio recording of Anjam committing blasphemy.
We also recovered the recorded audio from Jafar’s possession and found that he and Javed were blackmailing Anjam by threatening to release the audio to the public if he did not pay them.
They will now be permitted to appeal the verdict before a higher court.
Sentences such as these, one would imagine, would horrify normal, non-extremists Muslims. But they don’t.
Incidentally, the BBC this week posed this question:
Do you believe the world would be more peaceful without religion?
At the time of posting, this was the result of its poll:
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Pakistan report)