Faceoff with Facebook – Pakistan Lawyer Wants Death Sentence for Mark Zuckerberg

Pakistan earlier blocked Facebook and after a case by a lawyer, the Lahore High Court has set July 9th as the date to announce its hearing on case filed against Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes as well as the German women, Andy who started the ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest on Facebook.

Pakistan’s Deputy Attorney General has launched a criminal investigation against Zuckerberg and others in response to Facebook hosting a “Draw Muhammad” contest on its site late last month (source) and if High court finds the defendants guilty, death sentence may be issued as is the penalty under Criminal Code 295-C on blasphemy laws.

Section 295-C of the penal code reads: “Use of derogatory remark etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet, whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable for fine.

Is Pakistan taking things too far?
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