A Christian man has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly sending “blasphemous” text messages to his Muslim supervisor.
Asif Pervaiz, a 37-year-old, has been imprisoned for the past seven years since he was charged with blasphemy after his former supervisor at his job in a garment factory accused him of sending sacrilegious text messages from his cell phone, this was stated by his attorney Saiful Malook.
On Tuesday, 8th of September 2020, a court sentenced Asif Pervaiz to death.
Saiful Malook stated that Asif Pervaiz denies all of the charges against him.
The lawyer stated that the case should have been thrown out of the court by the judge and adding that the prosecution had no evidence and he would be appealing the verdict to the Lahore High Court later this week.
He also went on to state that Asif Pervaiz has already spent seven years waiting for the court’s decision and that who knows how many more years he will have to wait until this is all over.
Asif Pervaiz stated that his supervisor accused him only after he refused to renounce his Christian faith to convert to Islam.
He quit his job, but his supervisor continued to hound him at his new workplace.
Saiful Malook stated that his client lost his SIM car a few days before the alleged incident theorizes that the supervisor found the card and used it to send the text messages to Asif Pervaiz’s phone.
Saiful Malook is a Muslim who represented Asia Bibi, who was also sentenced to death before her case gained international attention and she was freed in October of 2018.
Blasphemy under Islamic law is a crime punishable by death in Pakistan.
Asia Bibi was falsely convicted of blasphemy in 2010.
A co-worker accused her of insulting Islam after an argument.
The Christian mother spent almost ten years in prison, on a death sentence, before being released.
Asia Bibi now resides in Canada with her children.