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Pakistani Judge Changes Christian's Life Sentence to Death After Caving to Muslim Legal Group

CBN - The High Court in Lahore, Pakistan on March 10 changed a convicted Christian's sentence of life imprisonment to the death penalty for allegedly sending a blasphemous text message 10 years ago.

Morning Star News (MSN) reports the Christian's sentence was revised following an appeal for a criminal code revision filed by the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat Forum (KNF) lawyers who were seeking the death penalty under the Muslim country's controversial sharia laws.

Founded 20 years ago, the KNF is a well-known Islamist legal group in Pakistan. Due to their targeting, the number of blasphemy cases filed against Christians and other minorities in the Punjab Province has increased. Family members of Sajjad Masih, the convicted 36-year-old Christian, said Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan ruled in favor of the revised sentence and then sent Masih's appeal to the next level.

Masih's appeal of his 2013 conviction has been pending with Lahore's High Court for the last seven years.

"Justice Shahzad has forwarded the appeal to a division bench to avoid pressure from KNF lawyers, and it's most likely that this appeal,....READ MORE

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