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Man shot dead for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan courtroom

Jul 30, 2020

By Asad Hashim

A man accused of blasphemy for claiming that he was a prophet has been shot dead in a courtroom in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police officials say, the latest violence associated with Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws.

Tahir Ahmad Naseem was shot six times during a hearing in his case at a district court on Wednesday, police official Ijaz Ahmed told Al Jazeera.

“The culprit accepts responsibility for killing him, and says that he killed him for having committed blasphemy,” said police official Ahmed. “[The suspect] has been arrested from the scene.”

Naseem had been in police custody since 2018 when he was accused of having committed blasphemy by claiming to be a prophet – a violation of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws that can carry the death penalty for certain offences.

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One comment on “Man shot dead for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan courtroom”

  • 1,000 years ago, some bloke called Mohammed claimed he was a prophet, and look what happened. (I suspect the followers of some other bloke from that general area may have had problems with that…) But nowadays, no-one else is allowed to be a prophet. It seems, if something (or some-one) happened a long time ago, it must be true and right and not made up at all…

    Also, it shows how lax the security in Pakistani court-rooms is…

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