LAHORE – For the first time in Pakistan’s history, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday handed death sentence to a Lahore-based man for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said.

ATC Judge Shabir Ahmed announced the sentence for the 30-year-old man who belongs to Lahore’s Shia community accused in Bahawalpur.

He was accused of allegedly posting derogatory content about prominent Sunni religious figures and wives of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on Facebook.

As per Dawn report, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) had arrested the accused last year from Bahawalpur and a case was registered against him at CTD Multan police station.

The sentence is the harshest among cyber-crime related sentences handed down so far in the country.

Blasphemy has been a contentious issue in the country where people have been murdered over allegations of blasphemy. Earlier this year, a mob in Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan beat up a student, Mashal Khan, to death after accusing him of blasphemy over social media.

The incident caused an outrage across the country, with calls for the blasphemy law to be amended.

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