Pakistan

Christian man sentenced to death in Pakistan for ‘blasphemous’ WhatsApp text

Lahore: A Christian man in Pakistan has been handed the death penalty for sending blasphemous content to a Muslim friend via WhatsApp. A local court has found Nadeem James, 35, guilty of insulting Prophet Muhammad and mocking Islam through a poem sent to his friend.

Nadeem James Masih was charged in July after his friend Yasir Bashir told the police that he sent him a poem on Whatsapp that was insulting to Islam.

Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Pakistan, and insults against the Prophet Muhammad are punishable by death. Majority of such cases are filed against members of minority communities.

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