Ayaz Nizami is a blogger and political prisoner in Pakistan
known for his arrest on 24 March 2017 for alleged blasphemy
, and is currently facing the death penalty on such charges
holding banner 'Free Ayaz Nizami'
Nizami is a religious scholar,
who primarily specialises in Islamic law such as "tafsir, Hadiths, Fiqh and their principles";
besides this, he is an expert in Arabic language, grammar, terminology, philosophy and rational thinking.
He received his religious education after completing the standard education and was admitted to a religious school.
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.
Nizami founded the website ''realisticapproach.org'', a website in Urdu about irreligion
, and allegedly served as the vice president of the Atheist & Agnostic Alliance Pakistan
On 24 March 2017, Nizami was arrested for alleged blasphemy by the FIA, and agencies in Pakistan. Two other bloggers were arrested along with Nizami in a crackdown on social media content deemed blasphemous by the Pakistani government
. After his arrest, the hashtag ''#hangayaznizami'' and #FreeAyazNizami was trending on Twitter
in Pakistan, and authorities shut down his social media account over material deemed controversial.
* Freedom of religion in Pakistan
* Political repression of cyber-dissidents
Category:People convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan
Category:Critics of Sunni Islam
Category:Pakistani former Muslims
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