Pakistan Hands Down First-Ever Death Sentence For Blaspheming On Facebook

Tyler Durden's picture

A Pakistani counter-terrorism court just handed down the first death penalty for blaspheming on social media on Sunday, according to Reuters. The ruling is the latest step in an intensifying crackdown on dissent on social media by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Taimoor Raza, 30, was convicted for making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammad, his wives and companions, according to Shafiq Qureshi, a public prosecutor in Bahawalpur, a city about 300 miles south of provincial capital Lahore. Raza was arrested last year after a debate about Islam on Facebook with a man who turned out to be a counter-terrorism agent. He was one among 15 people arrested by the counter-terrorism department last year, accused of blasphemy, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Reuters.

Raza’s brother, Waseem Abbas, told the Guardian that the family was “poor but literate”, and belonged to Pakistan’s minority Shia Muslim community.

My brother indulged in a sectarian debate on Facebook with a person, who we later come to know, was a [counter-terrorism department] official with the name of Muhammad Usman,” he said.

As Reuters reports, blasphemy is a highly sensitive topic in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where insulting the Prophet Mohammad is a capital crime for which dozens are sitting on death row. Even mere accusations are enough to spark mass uproar and mob justice.

"An anti-terrorism court of Bahawalpur has awarded him the death sentence," Qureshi told Reuters. It is the first ever death sentence in a case that involves social media.

Authorities have asked Twitter and Facebook to help identify users sharing blasphemous material, and have distributed text messages encouraging Pakistanis to report fellow citizens, according to the Guardian. Human rights defenders have expressed concern that the zealous application of the country’s blasphemy laws provides a tool for people to carry out personal vendettas, particularly because nobody is ever punished for making false accusations.

“The casual manner in which death sentences are handed in blasphemy cases coupled with the lack of orientation of Pakistani courts with technology makes this a very dangerous situation,” Saroop Ijaz, a lawyer with Human Rights Watch in Pakistan, told the Guardian.


“Such sentences will embolden those who want to wrongly frame people,” he said, noting with concern that Saturday’s sentence was handed down by an anti-terrorism court, not a regular court. “The confusion between national security and religion is very alarming,” Ijaz said.

The death sentence is part of a larger campaign of suppression: The Federal Investigation Agency recently detained dozens of social media users for posting “anti-military” content, including journalists and supporters of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) party, one of whom shared a satirical photo of prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

While Raza is the first person sentenced to death for blasphemy on social media, several others are on death row for alleged blasphemy in public. Among them is Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted in 2010 after a row with two Muslim women in a village in Punjab. With a long-awaited final appeal adjourned, Bibi is still in solitary confinement.

In Pakistan, blasphemy is so contentious that the mere mention of unfounded allegations can ignite mass uproar. In April, a mob at a north-western university took 23-year-old Mashal Khan from his dormitory and lynched him, angered by accusations that Khan had offended Islam.

Last week, a joint investigation concluded the baseless allegations had been a conspiracy by some students and university staff.

In May, a 10-year-old boy was killed when a mob tried to storm a police station in Balochistan in anger at a man held on blasphemy charges. Four people were sentenced to death for blasphemy last year, according to the HRCP.

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Erek's picture

Another reason to stay the fuck away from facebook!

Geez! Won't people ever learn?

saudade's picture

You need to be registered with kikebook if you want to stand a chance of getting a job nowadays. You will be marked as a dissident otherwise.



Haus-Targaryen's picture

"trusted friends and allies" 

open calender's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

mtl4's picture

Just like everything I can't say I'm surprised the middle ages are making a comeback, looks like it will be our turn to repel the crusaders.

Manthong's picture


Y’know… maybe I should take the missus.. put a ball gag on her, chain her arms around her back, duct tape her legs together and put her in one of those  fashionable black burkas.

She would blend in with the other burka’d muslimics just fine.

She could still be wild-eyed through the eye slit and jump up and down.


TeraByte's picture

And you have more of such you ever bargained for. Be hppy.


land_of_the_few's picture

Even now 20% of US adults don't use it. That percentage of non-users is likely much higher in the rest of the world, around 50% of global internet users overall use Facebook including the US.

Same kind of deal as with with Apple/iPhones and so on.

In many European countries over 1/5 of the population don't use *the internet*.

Top age group that use FB are in the 25-34 yo range. Anecdotally I have heard that younger internet users regard it as a parents/old fogeys thing...

DetectiveStern's picture

I was about 18 when FB first starting getting big, I got away from it as soon as I spotted people's parents signing up. Looking back this was a good decision.

Paul Kersey's picture

I warn my kids that they are leaving electronic fingerprints, but they seem to have this need for attention that can never be satiated. What you say on FB can and will be used against you, sometime in your life. Hope the same thing is not true about commenting on ZH under a screen name.

Thom Paine's picture

Facebook will cause an avalanche of name changes in about 10 years.

I recommend John Smith or Zhang Wei .

Manthong's picture


How about Yang K'Mee?


Anyone who uses z*ck_f*ck*_book for serious dialog deserves what they get.

.. and y’know… all women should be required to wear those head-to-toes black burkas…..


It's an equality thing.


As Forrest Gump’s conservative Shia momma might have said….

“Life is like a bag of chocolates.. you never know what Allah wants to give you…..


maybe a bomb belt”  


Manthong's picture



..any feminist who objects to universal female black  burka  dress requirement needs to be sent to remedial study at UC Berkeley right away.

It's an equality thing.


Manthong's picture

The moar I think about this the better it gets…

If we cloak them properly and just put a few access openings there, we will not have to look at all of that horrible  ink they did as stupid yutes.

swmnguy's picture

A lot of kids signed up for Facebook under nicknames in the first place, in elementary school.  My kids did, prompted by their peers.  

Now in their late teens, they're signing up under their real names, getting e-mail addresses with real names rather than silly names, and putting together a clean online "footprint."  If HR types force them to allow access to their online identities in their real names, they'll see my kids' relatives, family birthday messages, "likes" for the various charities we support, and other completely innocuous stuff selected specifically to be seen by The Authorities.

They still use their Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and other accounts under their nicknames.  But if you search them, all you find is their "curated" profiles.

This wasn't my idea or my kids'; the kids have been doing this for years.  They're a lot more savvy than we'd think.

Manthong's picture

“They're a lot more savvy than we'd think.”

You are joking, right?

12-16 years of fascist indoctrination makes a kid smart?

I can laser target 4 yutes within 100 yards of me that are living with mumsie and are the products of the last 40 years of  liberal indoctrination.  

In fact, one of them is mid-50’s  and thinks he will retire from “teaching” in the Illinois school system in a couple of years.

Boy, growing up is going to be hard for that one.

HardAssets's picture

Youre saying 80% of US adults use FB ?

No way. I highly doubt that many use it.

Nexus789's picture


Look up Leader Industries versus fraudbook legal case to see where the technology came from

2banana's picture

Islam is “religion” based on cruelty to the unbeliever. Unbelievers can be other Muslims from other sects of Islam or non-Muslims. Muhammad was a child rapist, slave trader, slave master, sex slave trafficker, kidnapper, genocidal mass murderer, blissful torturer, thief and liar. This and more is well documented in the Koran and Hadith.

The Muslims joining ISIS are just Muslims wanting to be “Good Muslims.” They want to follow the way of their prophet. In the exact way Muhammad lived and ruled. No amount of sugar coating or mumbling about “moderate” Muslims will change that. “Radicalized” Muslims are simply Muslims who want to be “Good Muslims” in their host country according to the very same Koran and Hadith.

Muhammad had the death penalty for blaspheming in his time.  He was the perfect muslim.  Why do we expect muslims today to act any different?

Gravatomic's picture

More than that it is a political ideology that must be fought, I am surprised no-one here has killed a muuzzie for mommy yet, but yeah, down low eh? Fuck off!

Is-Be's picture


If A madman came out of a cave today saying that angels spoke to him, what would we do?

A) Write down everything he burbled and then go off and slaughter millions, all the while offering our sphincters up for God's inspection 5 times a day?

B) Give him your 13 year old daughter

C) Throw him in the loonie bin to meet Jesus, Cleopatra, Napoleon, Satan and the rest of the gang? 

2banana's picture

B) Give him your 13 year old daughter




Mad Mo's favorite wife (out of dozens) was Aisha.


MadMo married her when she was six.


And raped her when she was nine.

Is-Be's picture

Six? God Almighty!

I stand corrected 

NewNeo's picture

Now that really is some pedigree!

HardAssets's picture

And empty headed 'progressives' (communists) on college campuses (brainwashing centers) will hold protests for 'tolerance' (suicide).

Manthong's picture


WTF…  gimme’ a break…

 just because the chief hokey holey man of muslimism is a murderer, sex criminal and slave owner does not mean he is all bad.

You know, a billion or so of the most stupid, poorest educated , starving  flea bitten humans on the earth can’t be all wrong.

It's those few well-educated exploiters of a bad deal that you have to be wary of.


oops.. I forgot "inbred "

First cousin marriages and accompanying low IQ is the rage in that population.


If you cannot handle the truth… go F yourself.



Kayman's picture

Islam the religion of mad dogs and the fearful.

Designed by Mad Mo to protect his power.

effendi's picture

He was also sexually assaulting her from the age of six by rubbing his willie between her thighs. But he was nice enough to let her keep her dolls.

Handful of Dust's picture

How old were the goats and camels then?

DeathingerStar's picture

moho had a little lamb

whose fleece was stained with... uh oh... I'm going to Pakistani hell..

Gravatomic's picture

I'll smoke a Pakistani, good herb, I will terminate the Zuckerberg command however.

whatisthat's picture

I would observe there are many historical examples 'across the globe' where unwanted questions and answers resulted in direct impact on rigid systems and points-of-control with zero tolerance for change or evolution -- this post describes a most current example of same.

cherry picker's picture

Facebook is a religion to itself, an evil one.

This war between Jesus and Muslims will nver end.

In the end, both claim that God or Allah is the creator yet it appears that most followers of either religion forget that as they are too busy judging one another and everyone else.

2banana's picture

Chrisitan "judging" you = praying for your salvation

Muslim "judging" you = cutting of your head and making your daughter into a sex slave

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

You need to study both religions a little bit.

You anti-theists and anti-religion bigots would be far more effective if you didn't make such stupid generalizations. Then again, it's the particulars where you are completely wrong, so you're between a rock and a hard place.

rrrr's picture

To Jeffersonian Liberal : I've studied the Bible --OT and NT-- enough to know that the god described therein is not my creator. And the Koran enough to know that Allah isn't either. If you don't know these two facts, you don't know much.

CNONC's picture

Brillianr argument.  It is called a "gratuitous assertion."  Under academic rules of debate, it may be gratuiously denied.  I like the appeal to authority as well, particularly as you appoint yourself the authority.

swmnguy's picture

What other authority is he supposed to appeal to?  We're talking about an argument between people who claim that their invisible friend says he's better than the other guy's invisible friend.

"Academic Rules Of Debate?"  Fuck That.  I'm going to be the Authority, for damn sure.  I'm not mincing to the rule book in an argument between obviously insane people who periodically get very dangerous indeed.

"Gratui[t]ously denied?"  Whatever.  Have a nice day with your invisible friend.  Over there, preferably, a suitable distance from the rest of us.

CNONC's picture

I am pretty sure I didn't state a position, but merely pointed out a non argument.  If you are so intellectually shallow that you can only approach a debate by first constructing a straw man, I suggest debating you is a fools errand.  It is not surprising that you would fail to understand that the rules of debate are not intended to establish a sport, but to focus debate in useful direstions.  Rejecting these rules allows for debate  to descend into the moronic shouting matches often featured here.  Having read your posts for some time, I know that you are incapable of approaching this debate without immediately introducing your "invisible friend" straw man.  You seem to be, from previous posts, a committed determinist.  I could ask you how you can construct a logical world view, with determinism as its starting point, which does not ultimately lead to a solipsism, but defense of your position is not an interest of yours.  You are fully incapable of debating someone else's opinion because you are incapable of defending your own. 

Your position is one of anti intellectualism.  You are a good fit for the world today.  Shout louder, deny the good will and even humanity of your opponent, reject his right to even participate in debate by asserting his evil or insanity, and then retreat to your safe space behind your keyboard and congratulate yourself on your great wisdom and intellegence.  You are an exemplar of the unexamined dogmatism that will lead to the failure of civilization itself.  You are the fool who will support West's descent into a "cultural revolution" which will erase all that the West has built.

JAFAH's picture

Verbal diarrhea much?


JAFAH's picture

Verbal diarrhea much?


CNONC's picture

Another brilliant argument.  Congratulations, you sure put me in my place.

Kayman's picture

Yeah, I was thinking of a burnt offering this morning but I wasn't up to it.

Mohamed copied nearly everything from the Jews. But it was pretty clever to add death to non-believers. One hell of an incentive to convert.

hooligan2009's picture

hey, maybe hackers can use all that hacked CIA spy software to save these "blasphemers".

simply hack every pakistani face book account and "blaspheme".

they could start with the facebook accounts of the president, the governmnt, army ad the police.

once they are setenced to death for "real news".. oops.."blasphemy" they can start on tax cllectors, lawyers andcivil servants to prmote "assisted suicide by blasphemy".

talk about retarded, brain-washed and completely irrelevant religious (devil?) worship!

sinbad2's picture

Sounds like the Pakis have been getting FBI training.

Kayman's picture

"Sounds like the Pakis have been getting FBI training."

I deny that, "for various reasons".

blargg's picture

You've got to understand, being a religion of peace, anyone who is so critical of it is obviously an agent of violence, therefore must be eliminated.

Blanco Diablo's picture

Inbreeding is common in Islamic culture.  It’s been going on since Mohammed sanctioned first-cousin marriages 1,400 years ago.  I guess there’s nothing like getting marriage advice handed down from one generation to the next that originated with a lunatic pedophile.

So just how many Muslims are inbred? A lot.

A seminal report by a Danish psychologist, Nicolai Sennels, “half of the world’s Muslims are inbred as a result of consanguineous marriages.”  So we’re talking about one billion inbred Muslims.  And rising.

In addition to increased risk of genetic disorders, IQ is negatively affected.  Normal IQ averages around 100.  “Low intelligence” is set at 85 or 90, mild disability at 70-79, and moderate disability at 50-69.

We’re 1,400 years in with no end in sight.  That’s 50 generations' worth of inbred Muslims. No shortage of morons for suicide bombings any time soon

Megaton Jim's picture

Jews are a pretty inbred bunch. It helps explain the collective insanity and evil of these 2 brainwashed and mentally unbalanced groups! Inbred desert assholes!

Handful of Dust's picture

But it also keeps the money in the family!