Supreme Court dismisses plea against death sentence for blasphemy

April 21st, 2009 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, April 21 (IANS) The Pakistani Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal against a Federal Shariat Court judgement holding that death was the only punishment for people convicted of blasphemy, a media report Tuesday said.
With this, the Federal Shariat Court’s order that a light sentence in blasphemy cases is un-Islamic and unconstitutional has become effective, Dawn News channel said.

Deputy Attorney General Agha Tariq Mahmood was present before the Sharia appellate bench while the case was being heard.

Dismissing the petition, the five-member special bench noted the absence from the courtroom of those who had challenged the Shariat court judgement.

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