Pakistan court sentences British man to death for claiming to be prophet of Islam

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A court in Pakistan has sentenced a British man to death for blasphemy for claiming to be a prophet of Islam.  Mohammad Asghar, a British national of Pakistani origin, was arrested in 2010 in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, for writing letters claiming to be a prophet, police said.

The special court inside Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, where Asghar is being held, rejected defence claims that the 65-year-old has mental health problems.

"Asghar claimed to be a prophet even inside the court. He confessed it in front of the judge," Javed Gul, a government prosecutor said.

"Asghar used to write it even on his visiting card."

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan, where 97 per cent of the population is Muslim, and insulting the Prophet Mohammed can carry the death penalty.

But the country has had a de facto moratorium on civilian hangings since 2008.

Only one person has been executed since then – a soldier convicted by court martial.

In 2006, the then-president Pervez Musharraf commuted the death sentence on a British man convicted of murder after appeals from former UK prime minister Tony Blair and Prince Charles.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. I expect that there will be no rational response in Pakistan to this barbarism, so I will claim to be a prophet of islam and hope that many other will also claim this ridiculousness so that the powers that be in Pakistan are held up to the ridicule they deserve.

  2. His claim is hard to swallow. It would be pretty confusing if God appointed two prophets with the same name.

    The funny thing is that, given what Asghar means in Arabic, his name translates as “the lesser Mohammed”.

  3. i remember having a discussion on the very subject of individuals claiming to be a new prophet in Pakistan a couple of years ago.

    Apparently there are very strict rules (made up by the last guy)for the different types of prophet before someone is recognized as such that need verification. However given the divisiveness of Shias,Sunnis, Ahmadiyyas, etc. they will never agree and at least one group will always claim the individual to be a false prophet.

    Old Mo, who also claimed to be the last prophet basically said that anyone after him was a false one. He was quite smart for his time. jcw

    • In reply to #5 by kaiserkriss:

      Old Mo, who also claimed to be the last prophet basically said that anyone after him was a false one. He was quite smart for his time. jcw

      Well now, that was really, really smart! Jesus/God/Yahweh/Messiah have had many claimants for their reincarnation in the past and strangely, they have mainly been believed by large numbers of people.

      This is one of my favourites:

      Arnold Potter (1804–1872), Schismatic Latter Day Saint leader; he claimed the spirit of Jesus Christ entered into his body and he became “Potter Christ” Son of the living God. He died in an attempt to “ascend into heaven” by jumping off a cliff. His body was later retrieved and buried by his followers

      Fascinating stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_who_have_claimed_to_be_Jesus

  4. The special court inside Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, where Asghar is being held, rejected defence claims that the 65-year-old has mental health problems.

    What is beyond all reasonable doubt, is that their whole legal system has mental health problems.

    • In reply to #10 by Net:

      is there a country more, well, i was going to use the word f—-’d, but i’ll say dysfunctional than pakistan?

      Yes!
      Saudi, iran, Iraq, Siria, indonesia, most of the Arab nations!, most “Christian” countries!, Some American states!, who have i missed?

  5. What a pitiless place.A poor, mentally unsound person needs help and care, but these fanatics would put him to death. Is this what they mean by Allah being All Merciful?

    Lovely place to live in,Pakistan.A marvellous demonstration of what happens when religion is unfettered.

    • In reply to #13 by mr_cell:

      I might guess that there are a few people in Britain that are glad this British national is in Pakistan rather than Britain.

      Not this one. I wish he was in Britain where he is free to believe what he likes.
      I always remember Brian Sewell describing Pakistan as a ghastly place many a year ago, thought it was a bit harsh at the time, not anymore.

  6. Australian aid to Pakistan:

    2012/13 Expenditure $85.7 million.

    2013/14 Proposed Expenditure $76.1 million

    Proposed cuts to Australian health care for 2014 ~ $400,000,000.

    Heartening to see that the powers that be have their priorities straight.

    • In reply to #14 by Alakan:

      Australian aid to Pakistan:

      2012/13 Expenditure $85.7 million.

      2013/14 Proposed Expenditure $76.1 million

      Proposed cuts to Australian health care for 2014 ~ $400,000,000.

      Heartening to see that the powers that be have their priorities straight.

      Yes indeed
      And very nice to know the money from others buys large armies and nucleur weapons too!

  7. Not being at all familiar with the justice system in Pakistan, is it not the job of the prosecution to prove his is not what he says he is ? Or is there a clause that identifies this claim as false on the face of it, no evidence required – or maybe even allowed ? What would be appropriate standards of proof here ? Perhaps he could stand up in court and predict the sun will rise tomorrow, or that there will be an eclipse on day X, or rainfall during the monsoon season. In western societies, someone claiming to be a prophet will merit only minor interest on a slow news night. After that, shades of

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/us/harold-camping-radio-entrepreneur-who-predicted-worlds-end-dies-at-92.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    • Also funny how there are not queues of people fleeing Europe to live in Pakistan or Saudi.

      Listening to a radio report this week about how Europe is being asked to take thousands of Syrian refugees. One of them was pleading why the world wouldn’t help them. Weren’t the Syrians dancing in the street when the twin towers came down? Weren’t they protesting Western involvement in getting rid of Saddam and Osama Bin Laden. Now they are criticising us for not getting involved?

      We just cannot win.

      We intervened in Kosovo to prevent Muslims being wiped out by Orthodox Christians, never hear about that one.

      To a muslim we are just always wrong. But they are queuing up to get here? It’s a funny old world.

      In reply to #16 by robberridge:

      What I find strange is that all these so called religious states are so balanced and lovely that all their populous clamber at the first chance to flee to secular societies. Funny that?

      • In reply to #17 by Aber ration:

        . … Weren’t the Syrians dancing in the street when the twin towers came down?

        Do all Arabs look the same to you? Even if you have any accurate memory of dancing Syrians, are you claiming you could identify the dancers in the lines of refugees and turn them away?

  8. It reminds me of David Icke who claimed to be the son of god. It was suggested that we change easter to commemorate the time he got crucified on the Terry Wogan show. Fortunately for Icke he was living in a country that only raises eyebrows to this sort of daftness.

  9. “Asghar was failed to produce even a single witness in his favour,”

    Imagine the witnesses he might have thought of calling: allah, jehova, wotan, giant spagetti monster….
    If he had done so imagine the fun. I wonder what form their oaths would have taken? “I swear that the evidence I shall give will be unverifiable and if you don’t believe it, I’ll torture you for eternity, so help me ME”

  10. Was it when Spartacus was asked to step forward from the crowd that everyone did so in order to hide his identity and help him to escape?

    Perhaps everyone should claim to be the prophet and dumbfound the powers that be in Pakistan.

  11. How can we tell the difference between a mentally ill man writing letters claiming to be a prophet, and a shepherd from the desert who had some funny dreams while ‘meditating’ alone in a cave. They’re both equally bonkers claims, yet one is facing the death penalty and the other spawned a religion, many adherents of which will kill you for not believing the completely mental claims of it’s founder.

  12. Aside from the contemptible way in which mental illness seems to be treated in this barbaric country, the real scary thing is that Pakistan is a nuclear capable country. It has to be a worry when the fingers on these buttons belong to the really mentally ill.

    • Bang on
      In reply to #28 by HELLBOY3:

      Aside from the contemptible way in which mental illness seems to be treated in this barbaric country, the real scary thing is that Pakistan is a nuclear capable country. It has to be a worry when the fingers on these buttons belong to the really mentally ill.

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