Taimoor Raza, 30, is facing the death penalty in Pakistan. Like so many others in the country he has been handed down the sentence for allegedly blaspheming by making derogatory remarks about the prophet Mohamed.
Raza’s case is unusual however because he is said to have carried out the offence on social media, specifically Facebook.
Shafiq Qureshi, the public prosecutor in Bahawalpur, about 500km (300 miles) south of provincial capital Lahore, said Raza was convicted for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammad, his wives and companions. Raza was arrested after playing “blasphemous and hate speech material” on his phone on a bus stop in Bahawalpur, where a counter-terrorism officer arrested him and confiscated his phone.