Pakistani Man Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

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According to VOA, a court in Pakistan has sentenced a man to death on blasphemy charges.

Lawyers say a judge in the eastern city of Lahore rejected Mohammad Zulfiqar's defense of mental illness and convicted him for violating the country's blasphemy laws of insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

Zulfiqar was arrested for reportedly writing derogatory language against the Prophet on the walls of a public park in the Islampura area of Lahore in April of 2008.

"Accused Zulfiqar Ali has committed the act of blasphemy by writing the abusive sentences towards Holy Prophet on the walls of Nehru Park, Islampura," the judge said in his ruling.

"He was caught red-handed. Police came there. He was also used to utter derogatory remarks on hearing the call for prayers."

Blasphemy carries the death penalty in Pakistan and is a highly sensitive issue in the Muslim-majority country.

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