A Pakistani court sentenced a Christian man to death after finding him guilty of blasphemy, his defense lawyer said Sept. 10.
Asif Pervaiz, 37, was accused of blasphemy by a supervisor in a hosiery factory where he worked. The coworker accused Pervaiz of sending text messages in 2013 that insulted Islam’s prophet Muhammad.
It was the latest example of the Islamic nation’s strict upholding of blasphemy laws, under which anyone accused of insulting Islam can be sentenced to death if found guilty. Pakistani authorities have yet to carry out a death sentence for blasphemy, however.
Pervaiz claimed he was accused after he refused to convert to Islam. His attorney said the court rejected Pervaiz’s denial of the charges, and he plans to appeal.