BY AFP | IMRAN GABOL
LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) has jailed a man for 13 years after he posted what it deemed sectarian hate speech on Facebook, officials said on Monday, with rights activists condemning the ruling as “extremely concerning”.
Saqlain, 32, who ran a small hotel in Chiniot district south of Islamabad, was also fined Rs250,000 rupees for “posting hateful material”, an official of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) told AFP, requesting anonymity.
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“The accused has been convicted and fined Rs250,000 for his offense,” added SSP Attaur Rahman of CTD.
Abdul Majeed, a senior local counter-terrorism official, confirmed the incident.
“The convict was arrested on October 27 after locals complained about him and he was charged for spreading sectarian hatred under various clauses of the anti-terrorism act,” he told AFP.
Majeed said the accused was released on bail a day later, then arrested and imprisoned on November 21 after the court convicted him.
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A court in Pakistan has jailed a Muslim prayer leader for five years for inciting religious hatred.
Qari Abubaker was convicted in the city of Lahore of calling minority Shia Muslims “infidels”.
At least six other clerics have been jailed for similar offences in the past two months in Lahore, officials say.
Inciting religious hatred is against the law in Pakistan but rarely reported or punished. Thousands have been killed in sectarian violence in recent years.
The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says because reporters are not allowed inside anti-terrorism courts, rulings rarely attract attention.
For security reasons court officials have told reporters not to name judges involved in the cases.
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