Man receives 5 years rigorous imprisonment for posting against Hazrat Umar (R.A)

The court noticed that there should be an awareness campaign to make people aware of cybercrime laws, as they were a new addition to society.

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In a case labeled as ‘first of its kind’ by FIA (Federal Investigation Agency), on Thursday a special court for cybercrime offenses awarded 5-year rigorous imprisonment to a man for posting blasphemous material on social media.

Sajid Ali was found guilty of posting ‘sacrilegious, blasphemous and derogatory material against Hazrat Umar (R.A)’ on Facebook back in 2017. First, the police of Bahawalnagar’s Chishtian tehsil registered a case, which was then passed on to FIA Cyber Crime Circle Lahore over jurisdiction issue.

Munam Bashir Chaudhary, FIA Prosecutor, filed challan before the court for cybercrime offense before the offender was charged. 12 witnesses were brought in by the prosecutor, including Naeem Zafar, FIA Assistant Director, who also submitted his technical analysis report as evidence.

The court awarded the prison sentence under section 11 of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and 298-A of the Pakistan Penal Code, which deals with the use of derogatory remarks against Islam’s holy personalities.
However, he a fine of Rs. 20,000 has also been imposed by the court along with jail term.

The court noticed that there should be an awareness campaign to make people aware of cybercrime laws, as they were a new addition to society.

While talking to Dawn News, the prosecutor stated that this conviction was the first under new cybercrime laws on the charges of posting offensive or blasphemous stuff against the Sahaba of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) on social media site.

The PML-N government passed the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 that outlaws online activities, like sending texts, online criticism on religion, government action and armed forces.

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