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Zahid Mahmood Akhtar






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"Zahid Mahmood Akhtar was wrongly convicted of blasphemy against the Koran. Zahid Akhtar's blasphemy conviction was overturned in 1997. Akhtar was stoned to death on July 6, 2002 after a panchayat (a group of honourable citizens or decision-makers) in his village, Chak Jhumra, decreed that he should be killed. The government immediately arrested around 30 members of the panchayat."

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Zahid Akhtar's blasphemy conviction was overturned in 1997.

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"Pakistan: Another person sentenced to death under blasphemy law, Asian Human Rights Commission, August 1, 2002"

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