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Qaisar and Amoon Ayub
Status: Awaiting execution
Qaisar and Amoon Ayub, two brothers from Lahore, were sentenced to death in December
2018 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammed on a website.
Qaisar is married with three children; Amoon is also married. Since the imprisonment,
Qaisar’s son has reportedly become mentally unwell.
Qaisar had taken the website in question offline in 2009, although the site was still registered
in his name.
Then, in August 2010 – unknown to the brothers – the site was put back online by Shahryar
Gill, a Muslim, who added blasphemous content under the name ‘United Christians
Organization of Pakistan’.
A complaint about the website was registered a year later by a Muslim cleric and the brothers
were charged with blasphemy. Scared for their lives, the brothers went on the run. Three
years later, in 2014, they were arrested.
Both men were subsequently convicted in December 2018 for making derogatory remarks
about the Prophet Muhammed.
In a 28-page ruling, Judge Javed Iqbal Bosal concluded: “The prosecution has proved its case
against both the accused beyond the shadow of reasonable doubt… Hence, both the convicts are
to be sentenced to death.”
The conviction must now be confirmed by the High Court, and both men can appeal.