Religious scholars in the two provinces of Parwan and Takhar on Sunday supported the court decision of awarding death sentence to Balkh journalist suspected of blasphemy.Six days back a court in northern Balkh province sentenced Parviz Kambaskhsh a third-year student of journalism faculty in northern Balkh province for publishing articles said to be blasphemous and insulting to Islam.
In a gathering in Takhar province the Ulema called on the appeal court to execute the decision of the court.Maulavi Ghulam Rabbani Rahmani head of the Takhar Ulema council said: "we want the government and courts to execute the court verdict on Kambakhsh as soon as possible." He told a gathering of over hundred clerics in Taluqan. He warned the government would come across serious reaction of the people if it releases the journalist.
By the same token, a cleric gathering in Parwans capital Charikar province stressed the need for implementation of the court verdict for the young journalist. Maulavi Muhammad Asif one of the Ulema here said: "anyone disrespecting holy Quran and the prophet of Allah is intolerable and should be condemned to death." Government should enforce the court decision before coming under pressure from international community.