FATA/Gilgit-Baltistan

Fearing arrest, convicted Mir Shakeelur Rehman flees country: sources

ISLAMABAD: The owner of Geo/Jang group Mir Shakeelur Rehman, who is convicted for blasphemy charges, has fled the country reportedly under the state patronage, ARY News reported Wednesday.

Sources informed that Mir Shakeel left for Dubai under the darkness at 3am on Wednesday.

An Anti-Terrorism Court in Gilgit had sentenced Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman 26 years in prison with Rs 1.3 million fine on Tuesday over a broadcast showing people dancing to a song about the wedding of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad’s daughter.

The channel faced a slew of blasphemy complaints about the show.

“The malicious acts of the proclaimed offenders ignited the sentiments of all the Muslims in the country … which cannot be taken lightly and there is need to strictly curb such tendency,” an anti-terror court said in its verdict.

The channel’s owner, the host of the morning show and two guests were ordered to pay fines of $16,600, surrender their passports and sell their properties.

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