Ahmadi neighborhood member shot lifeless for blasphemy inside courtroom in northwest Pakistan

Peshawar, July 29

An aged man from the minority Ahmadi neighborhood, dealing with trial for blasphemy, was shot lifeless on Wednesday in entrance of the decide in a neighborhood court docket located in a high-security zone in Pakistan’s Peshawar metropolis, police stated.

Tahir Ahmad Naseem, who was arrested two years in the past on blasphemy prices, died on the spot within the court docket of Additional Session Judge Shaukatullah Khan, they stated.

The court docket is located in a high-security zone within the cantonment space the place the provincial meeting constructing, the Peshawar High Court, chief minister’s secretariat and Governor House are additionally located.

Security on the fundamental gate and contained in the judicial complicated can also be excessive. It was not clear how the armed attacker managed to get into the court docket amid tight safety.

The police arrested the killer, recognized as Khalid Khan, from the courtroom.

A lawyer, who was current within the courtroom when the incident occurred, stated a case had been registered in opposition to the deceased beneath blasphemy legal guidelines.

The accused was dropped at the court docket from Peshawar Central Jail.

Police shifted the physique of the deceased to the Khyber Medical University for autopsy.

Blasphemy is a massively delicate subject in Pakistan, with even unproven allegations typically prompting mob violence.

Anyone convicted, and even simply accused, of insulting Islam, dangers a violent and bloody demise by the hands of vigilantes. Rights teams have stated the blasphemy legal guidelines are routinely abused to hunt vengeance and settle private scores.

There had been a lot of incidents in several elements of Pakistan wherein members of Ahmadi neighborhood had been focused by spiritual zealots up to now.

Pakistan’s Parliament in 1974 declared the Ahmadi neighborhood as non-Muslims. A decade later, they had been banned from calling themselves Muslims. They are banned from preaching and from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage.

In Pakistan, round 10 million out of the 220 million inhabitants are non-Muslims.

According to the 2017 census, Hindus represent the most important spiritual minority in Pakistan. Christians make up the second largest spiritual minority. The Ahmadis, Sikhs and Parsis are additionally among the many notable spiritual minorities in Pakistan. PTI


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