A 22-year-old Christian man has been sentenced to death after being accused of blasphemy.
Noman Masih was found guilty by the court, of blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in Bahawalpur, and was handed the sentence by the Sessions court on May 30.
The trial ended in January, but the verdict was repeatedly delayed for a number of different reasons.
Masih’s lawyer, Advocate Lazar Allah Rakha, said there was a lack of strong evidence against Masih, and expressed his disappointment in the verdict.
He plans to challenge the conviction at the Bahawalpur Bench of the Lahore High Court once the detailed order is released.
Noman’s father, Asghar Masih, a sanitation worker, was shocked at the verdict.
According to him, both the FIRs filed against Noman and his cousin Sunny were baseless.
Asghar claims that contrary to police claims that his son was arrested for showing blasphemous images to people in a park at 3.30am, Noman was asleep at home.