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Pakistan: Christian man awarded death sentence for sparking riots in Jaranwala
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Pakistan: Christian man awarded death sentence for sparking riots in Jaranwala

| @indiablooms | 01 Jul 2024, 07:01 pm

A Pakistani court has awarded a death sentence to a Christian youth for allegedly circulating a social media post that led to riots in Jaranwala in August last year.

Sahiwal ATC Special Judge Ziaullah Khan anno­­unced the verdict, also sentencing the young man to 22 years in prison and imp­osing a fine of Rs1 million, reported Dawn News.

A large number of Christian houses and churches were vandalized by mobs in Jaran­wala amid allegations that copy of the Holy Quran was desecrated.

Punjab police then said around 135 miscreants were booked for the attacks.

But according to Advo­cate Akmal Bhatti, chairman of the Minorities Alli­a­nce, most of the accused had either been discharged or freed on bail, reported Dawn News.

He said hardly 12 people are currently facing trials.

Complainant Amir Farooq, who is now serving as SHO at the Ghala Mandi police, told Dawn that while the man in question did not produce the blasphemous content, he did share it on TikTok, where it went viral.

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