LAHORE – Anti-Terrorism Court held verdict against a prayer leader who was delivering hate speech in a public gathering.
Maulana Abubakar, a prayer leader, was arrested in February in Kasur district, Punjab, some 50 kilometres south of Lahore, for making a hateful speech against a minority sect.
A case under Section 9 of the Anti-terrorism court was registered against Maulana Abubakar in Krishna Radha police station, on a complaint lodged by a sub-inspector.
Prosecutor gave her stance that the prayer leader was enflaming people against a particular sect so he was arrested on the spot.
The prosecutor submitted the video of speech, before the court as a witness against accused prayer leader.
The defendant denied the charge and took the appeal that he did not attend the gathering.
The defense court accused police for involving his client in a fabricated case and requested the court to set him free from the charge.
After going through the case, Judge Haroon Latif penalized the cleric for five year term.
According to an official, 21 people have been convicted this year of delivering hate speeches. Some of them are jailed for up to eight years. Two of them belonged to Lahore.
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