Pak court convicts imam, his son for blasphemy

Lahore: A Pakistani court has sentenced an imam and his son to life imprisonment after convicting them on controversial blasphemy charges after they removed a poster containing Quranic verses, officials said.

Less than a week after Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was gunned down by a police guard for criticising the blasphemy law, Judge Rao Ayub of an anti-terrorism court at Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab handed down the sentences to 45-year -old Mohammad Shafi and his son Mohammad Aslam, 20, on Monday.

Shafi, who is the imam of a mosque at Muzaffargarh, 400 km from Lahore, and his son were arrested in April last year for removing a poster for a religious gathering that was pasted outside their grocery shop.

The poster reportedly featured Quranic verses, officials said.

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