Pakistan: man sentenced to death for blasphemy on Facebook

Taimoor Raza was found guilty of insulting the oracle Mohammed during an argument on social media with a counter-terrorism official

A Pakistani man has been sentenced to extinction for committing disrespect on Facebook, the first sentence on accuses arising from social media.

Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the judgment in Bahawalpur, around 600 km( 372 miles) south of capital Islamabad, meeting Taimoor Raza guilty of insulting the oracle Mohammed, lawyer Shafiq Qureshi said.

Raza had a Facebook argument about Islam with someone who turned out to be a counter-terrorism department official, defence lawyer Rana Fida Hussain said.

The official brought charges against Raza based on specific comments made on the social networking site.

Hussain said his patron was innocent and that he would plea the conviction.

Blasphemy is a delicate charge in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where even unproven allegations can trigger mob lynchings and violence.

A 10 -year-old boy was killed and five others were wounded last-place month when a syndicate attacked a police station in an attempt to lynches a Hindu man charged with blasphemy for allegedly posting an incendiary image on social media.

Millions of Pakistanis have been receiving text messages from the government alerting them against sharing sacrilegious content online, a move rights activists replied is contributing to more vigilante attacks.

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