With a court in Rawalpindi sentencing a young Muslim woman, Aneeqa Atiq, to death for blasphemy, Pakistanis are divided over her fate, Twitter trends have suggested.
As per the details, ‘#SaveAneeqa’ and ‘#HangAneeqa’ remain this week’s top trends on Twitter in Pakistan as netizens argue whether the 26-year-old should be hanged or set free given the details of her case that have been doing the rounds on social media.
Additional Sessions Judge Adnan Mushtaq convicted Ateeq of blasphemy under Section 295-C and sentenced her to death and a fine of Rs 50,000. She was also convicted under different charges, including 298-A PPC and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
The complainant Hasnat Farooq had registered a blasphemy case against Aneeqa, wife of Atiqur Rehman, on May 13, 2020, in Islamabad for allegedly uploading blasphemous content against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his wife Hazrat Ayesha on WhatsApp. She was also alleged of using Facebook to transmit blasphemous material to other accounts.
Aneeqa, however, accused Hasnat of trying to befriend her on PUBG or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a popular battle royale games globally, and dragged her into this topic for revenge.
Here’s what Twitterati have to say on Atiq’s conviction:
There is no divinely ordained punishment for blasphemy in Islam & neither did Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him ordain any such punishment. https://t.co/yMz3c4xZZp #SaveAneeqa pic.twitter.com/9apqqkf5iK
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) January 25, 2022
#SaveAneeqa with my 5 y/o pic.twitter.com/vb0n9xMyJL
— Murtad Molvi (@murtad_molvi) January 23, 2022
#SaveAneeqa who denies the charge was also accused by her ex-boyfriend of blasphemy!
Men have accused women of blasphemy in response to refusing their advances!
You will all burn in this! @UNHumanRights and @usembislamabad must step in and rescue this woman! https://t.co/qNmVc4jLyt
— Harris Sultan #SaveAneeqa (@TheHarrisSultan) January 22, 2022
Holy prophet s.a.w lives in our heart, disrespecting him cause us pain. So in my humble opinion if someone disrespect our holy prophet/religion. They should be hanged and thier supporters should be arrested. As a Muslim our trend should be #HangAneeqa , not #SaveAneeqa
— Hummayoun Majid (@hummayoun_majid) January 24, 2022
Falsely convicted over a blasphemous WhatsApp status, after she refused to be friendly with a Pakistani man.
Facing death sentence.
Facing death sentence/Solitary confinement.
SPEAK UP for Justice !#SaveAneeqa #FreeJunaid pic.twitter.com/YHX9CLuemF
— Shaan (@Shanyousaf6) January 24, 2022
“The accused herself wrote a message by posing herself as “ex-Muslim,” the accused has become Murtid and in view of a large number of Muslim scholars, a Murtid is Wajid-ul-Qatl,” the judge had ruled in his 22-page verdict last week.
“The blasphemous material which was shared/installed by the female accused on her status and the message, as well as caricatures which were sent to the complainant, are totally unbearable,” he wrote.
Here’s what leading rights lawyer and Supreme Court advocate, Saif Ul Malook, had to say about the case on this week’s ‘Live with Saif’ on Kross Konnection:
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