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A British pensioner sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy is in urgent need of mental health treatment, legal charity Reprieve has said. Lawyers for Mohammed Asghar told the charity he appeared "pale, dehydrated, shaking and barely lucid."

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UK condemns Pakistan's death sentence for British man

Baroness Warsi said concerns would be raised with the Pakistani government. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The Foreign Office has condemned the death sentence of a British national in Pakistan.

Mohammad Asghar, a British national of Pakistani origin, has been sentenced to death by a court in Rawalpindi for claiming to be a prophet of Islam.

Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi said:

“It is the longstanding policy of Her Majesty’s Government to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle.

"The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been providing consular support to Mr Asghar, and we will be raising our concerns in the strongest possible terms with the Pakistani government.”

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