Rest of Asia

Pakistani security guard who killed boss for blasphemy gets death penalty

Filed on July 1, 2021

(Agencies file)

Police concluded that Nawaz had a personal feud with the bank manager.

An anti-terrorism court in eastern Pakistan has issued a death sentence to a former security guard who last year shot and killed his bank’s manager after accusing him of insulting Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), a lawyer said Thursday.

Ahmad Nawaz has the right to appeal. The ruling a day earlier in the district of Khusab in the eastern Punjab province also sentenced him to two years in prison for assaulting police during his arrest, according to prosecution lawyer Mian Rizwan.

Nawaz was arrested in November 2020 after opening fire on his bank’s manager, Malik Imran Hanif, in the Khushab district.

Hanif’s family at the time denied the allegation. Later, police concluded that Nawaz had a personal feud with the bank manager.

In Pakistan, people convicted of blasphemy can be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.

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