Reporters Without Borders today condemned a fatwa for “blasphemy” issued by a religious leader against Zubair Kasuri, the editor of English-language fashion magazine Octane and several of his staff.

This came after Octane carried a series of photos in its June edition captioned “Adam and Eve, the bone of contention.”

Cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz said at Friday prayers June 15 “the managers of this magazine deserve to die” and threatened death against the editor, the publisher and other staff of Octane for “blasphemy towards the Hazrat (prophet) Adam”.

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Police in Islamabad are also taking action against the magazine.

“We are reporting them to higher authorities so that all copies of the magazines can be seized, the magazine closed and the staff convicted,” said Abdul Jabbar, an officer at the police station in Margala.

The editor of Octane said he had not intended in any way to be disrespectful, the photos were in no way contrary to Islam and regretted the turn the case had taken.