Facebook causes Pakistan to be sentenced to death

Jun

14

2017

A 30-year-old Pakistani citizen, Timor-Raza, was sentenced to death on Wednesday in a first-of-its-kind case where a person is tried in an official court of law and sentenced to death for publishing and publishing social media.

The anti-terrorism court in Bahawalpur has sentenced Taimour to death after being convicted of publishing false comments and comments through his Facebook social account about the Prophet Mohammed, his wives and others.

According to analysts, the moment of his execution will be a very defining moment and shows the loss of users to the possibility of controlling the social media forever and turned into the hands of lawyers and politicians.

The ruling is the most prominent incident in the government’s wide-ranging campaign against the opposition in the country and its dissemination of social media.

In Pakistan’s anti-infidel law on such due process within trials, executions have rarely occurred, and human rights defenders have raised concerns about possible abuse and use of the law in riots.

The verdict is the first death sentence in Pakistan based on what was posted on the Facebook social networking site, where Timor’s brother said his brother was immersed in a sectarian debate on Facebook.

The condemnation comes amid heightened cultural and religious tension in Pakistan’s Muslim-majority state over infidelity, with Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nizar Ali Khan threatening to ban all social networking sites with content related to infidelity on May 23.

Earlier in March, the government asked Twitter and Facebook platforms to provide reports of potentially disturbing blogs. Authorities also detained and interrogated many social media users, including members of major opposition parties for allegedly publishing anti-government materials .

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