Ten years for a misquote! But at least they didn’t give him the death penalty: they must be moderates. “Man jailed for 10 years in blasphemy case,” by Nabeel Anwar Dhakku in Dawn, January 10 (thanks to Daoud):
CHAKWAL: After a trial spread over 14 months and conducted in an uneasy environment, Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Pervez Akhtar jailed a blasphemy accused for 10 years and imposed a fine of Rs200,000 on Tuesday evening.
The verdict left the lawyers of both groups baffled and they now intend to go to the Lahore High Court “” one would file an appeal for getting the sentence quashed while the other would file a review petition.
Convict Ghulam Ali Asghar, a resident of Chinji village in Talagang tehsil, was booked on Nov 17, 2011, on a charge of blaspheming the Holy Prophet (PBUH) by misquoting a Hadith in Punjabi language.
Judge Raja Pervez Akhtar acquitted Ghulam Ali Asghar of the allegation levelled under 295-C (the section which forbids blaspheming the Holy Prophet [PBHU]), but imprisoned him for ten years under 295-A (which forbids outraging religious feelings) and also imposed a fine of Rs200,000. The convict will have to undergo an additional jail term of six months if he does not pay the fine.