Bahawalnagar man given death for blasphemy
MULTAN: A court in Bahawalnagar has sentenced to death a man for blaspheming against Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) and claiming to be a prophet, police and officials said Thursday.
Bahawalnagar Additional Sessions Judge Javed Akhtar convicted and sentenced Bashir Ahmed on Wednesday. Ahmed claimed he was sent by God to reform society, local police officer Mukhtar told Daily Times.
“He used derogatory remarks against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his companions,” Mukhtar said. Prosecutors said Ahmed collected followers in nearby Basti Juliani by paying villagers to come to hear his sermons.
His preachings and growing band of followers sparked resentment among local people, who complained to police that Ahmed was preaching ‘false beliefs’ to people.
Police raided Ahmed’s house and arrested him, dismissing statements by his family that he was mentally unbalanced. Mukhtar said a medical examination proved that he was mentally sound.