Pakistan lecturer sentenced to death for blasphemy





A university lecturer in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy.




A university lecturer in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy.





Junaid Hafeez, 33, was arrested in March 2013 and accused of posting derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad on social media.
Allegations of blasphemy are taken very seriously in Pakistan, and even an accusation is often enough to make someone a target for hardliners.
The lecturer has also spent years in solitary confinement, after repeated attacks by other prisoners.
The sentence was delivered by a court in the Central Jail in Multan, where Mr Hafeez was being held.
Mr Hafeez had studied a Master's degree in the US on a Fulbright Scholarship, specialising in American literature, photography and theatre.
After returning to Pakistan he took up a lecturer position at Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) in Multan, where he worked until his arrest.




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