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Pakistani Muslim is jailed for 13 years for ‘liking’ a post which referred to the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook

  • Pakistani man jailed for allegedly posting religiously offensive material 
  • Rizwan Haider sentenced to 13 years prison for post about the Prophet
  • He was convicted in an anti-terrorism court of three charges including promoting sectarian hatred 

A Pakistani man was sentenced to 13 years in prison yesterday for allegedly posting religiously offensive material about the Prophet Mohammed on his Facebook page.

Rizwan Haider, 25, was convicted in an anti-terrorism court of three charges including promoting sectarian hatred, after he supposedly published a post referring to Prophet Mohammed.

‘This case… was registered against Haider, who is a Shiite Muslim by faith, in January for posting objectionable material against the belief of Sunni Muslims,’ Adeel Chattah, public prosecutor in the case, told AFP.

A Pakistani Muslim woman holds a Koran during a rally in Islamabad May 27, 2005. Thousands of Islamists rallied across Pakistan on Friday to protest against alleged desecration of the Koran by U.S. forces at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed

Mr Haider was also fined 250,000 rupees ($2,500), Chattah said, adding that he denied the charges and has the right to appeal. 

‘He only liked it and did not post it on the page,’ Shameem Zaidi said, lawyer for Mr Haider.

Pakistan tightened its hate crime laws as part of a campaign to combat extremism after a Taliban attack at a school in Peshawar in December 2014 killed 153 people, mostly children.

Authorities have arrested and sentenced several religious


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