‘Save Aneeqa’ or ‘Hang Aneeqa’? Pakistanis divided on death sentence for 26yo blasphemy convict

    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:

    “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:

    What is your opinion? Let Kross Konnection know in the comments…

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