Ayaz Nizami

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Fauzia Ilyas, Maryam Namazie and others demanding the release of Ayaz Nizami and others accused of blasphemy and apostasy (April 2017)

Ayaz Nizami is a blogger and political prisoner in Pakistan known for his arrest on 24 March 2017 for alleged blasphemy,[1] and is currently facing the death penalty on such charges.[2][3][4] Before his arrest, he allegedly translated materials critical of Islam in English to Urdu for publishing, and was first exposed by Alyan Khan, a Pakistani political author.[4] Nizami founded the website realisticapproach.org, a website in Urdu about irreligion,[5] and allegedly served as the vice president of the Atheist & Agnostic Alliance Pakistan.[6] Two other bloggers were arrested along with Nizami in a crackdown on social media content deemed blasphemous by the Pakistani government.[7] After his arrest, the hashtag #hangayaznizami was trending on Twitter in Pakistan, and authorities shut down his social media account over material deemed controversial.[6][8]

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  1. ^ "Who is Ayaz Nizami? Triggering The Blasphemous Spark, Again!". Muhammad Usman Awan - Social Activist from Pakistan. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  2. ^ "Blasphemy crackdown: FIA arrests 2 suspects from Karachi". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  3. ^ www.ummat.net. "ummat.net/2017/03/25/news.php?p=story1.gif". ummat.net. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  4. ^ a b "Details on the cases of Ayaz Nizami and Rana Noman". Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. 2017-03-28. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  5. ^ "جراتِ تحقیق - ہمتِ کفر ملے جراتِ تحقیق ملے". Archived from the original on 2015-08-29.
  6. ^ a b "When Atheism becomes Terrorism in Pakistan – Extra Newsfeed". Extra Newsfeed. 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  7. ^ "Pakistan Detains Three Bloggers On Blasphemy Charges". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  8. ^ "42 Christians told 'to convert to Islam or face death penalty'". The Independent. 2017-03-31. Retrieved 2017-06-03.