Lahore—An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday sentenced three convicts to death — including two Christians and a Muslim — over charges of blasphemy in district Gujranwala.
ATC Gujranwala Judge Bushra Zaman handed down the death penalty to Anjum Naz Sindhu, Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali for committing blasphemy. Javed Naz and Ali have been sentenced for an additional 35-year imprisonment each.
The judge has also imposed a fine of Rs5 million on Sindhu and Rs8 million each on Javed Naz and Ali. Gujranwala city police had arrested Anjum Naz, Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali an year ago over blasphemy charges.
Anjum Naz, a resident of Farid Town some 80 kilometres from Lahore, runs a chain of Locus Schools System in Gujranwala and has been associated with teaching profession for the past 20 years.
Sindhu’s younger brother Asif said “Javed Naz was employed at one of his schools. When his brother fired Naz for leaking metric examination papers, he turned against him.”
“Later Javed Naz, with the help of his friend Jaffar Ali, started blackmailing Sindhu and started demanding extortion by claiming that they had his voice recorded in which he had committed blasphemy,” he said.
He said Sindhu did pay Rs20,000 as extortion but they did not stop demanding money and again demanded Rs50,000 from him.
“Sindhu, after consulting with different religious elders and friends, went to the police station and lodged a complaint against Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali for demanding extortion.”
Asif said the police conducted raid and arrested both Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali and also booked his brother and registered a case of blasphemy against them on behalf of the state.
“They uttered blasphemous words in my brother’s voice to get revenge for taking action against Javed Naz and later started demanding extortion”.