Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Man accused of blasphemy killed by mob in Pakistan

An enraged mob has killed a man for allegedly desecrating the Koran in a remote village in eastern Pakistan.

The custodian of a local mosque said he saw the man burning the Muslim holy book inside the mosque on Saturday evening (local time) and told others before informing police, according to police Chaudhry Imran.

The violence took place in a village in the district of Khanewal in Punjab province.

Mr Imran said police hastened to the scene, where a man was found surrounded by an angry crowd.

Three officers tried to take him into custody but the group began throwing stones at them, seriously injuring one and slightly injuring the other two.

Munawar Gujjar, the area police chief, said he hastened reinforcements to the mosque but they did not arrive before the mob had killed the man.

The victim was identified as Mushtaq Ahmed, 41, of a nearby village.

“The ill-fated man has been mentally unstable for the last 15 years and according to his family often went missing from home for days begging and eating whatever he could find,” Mr Gujjar said.

He said the body was handed over to the family.

Police official Munawar Hussain said police arrived to find the man unconscious and tied to a tree.

“The villagers armed with batons, axes and iron rods killed him and hanged his body from a tree,” Mr Hussain said.

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The mosque custodian told police he shouted at the man to stop burning the Koran., Associated Press: Asim Tanveer,

Mian Mohammad Ramzan, the mosque custodian, said he saw smoke inside the mosque, which is adjacent to his home, and hastened over to investigate.


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