‘Apostasy should not warrant death penalty’: report

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ISLAMABAD: An amicus curiae on Monday stated before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that an apostate should not be given capital punishment, reports a local English daily.

This was stated during the hearing of a petition concerning amendments to the Election Act 2017 regarding the finality of Prophethood.

Dr Aslam Khaki appeared as amicus curiae in the said case before Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi of IHC.

He said that the extremist Hindu organisations in India are demanding a death sentence for converting to any other religion from Hinduism. According to Dr Khaki, if any such a legislation is adopted in Pakistan, it will only strengthen the demands of the extremist Indians.

According to Dr Khaki explained that there were two types of apostates: the one who is involved in anti-state activities should be dealt strictly in accordance with law, whereas changing one’s belief should not warrant a death sentence per se, since religion has no compulsion, he added.

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