Pakistan blasphemy: Gunman shoots accused dead in court

Clay Curtis
July 31, 2020

The statement said Nasim had been lured from his home in IL by individuals who then used Pakistan's blasphemy laws to entrap him.

The State Department said in a statement on July 30 that the man, Tahir Nasim, was a USA citizen and it had urged Islamabad to protect him.

Between 1987 and 2017 at least 1,500 people were charged with blasphemy in Pakistan-with at least 75 killed due to such allegations.

"We are shocked, saddened, and outraged that American citizen Tahir Naseem was killed yesterday inside a Pakistani courtroom".

Insulting the Quran or the Prophet Muhammad are subject to heavy penalties under Pakistan's blasphemy laws. They said that the culprit has admitted he murdered Naseem because he heard the latter claiming he was a prophet.

Pakistani police swiftly arrested the young assailant, who later took responsibility for killing Naseem for having committed blasphemy and for being an enemy of Islam. According to Malik, Naseem had claimed to be a prophet.

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The US governing administration has been providing consular guidance to Naseem and his family considering that his detention in 2018 and has known as the notice of senior Pakistani officials to his situation to prevent the form of "shameful tragedy" that eventually happened, he mentioned.

"During the hearing of the case, the complainant said that the accused was an Ahmadi and asked him to recite the Kalima-e-Tayyaba", according to a lawyer who was present in the courtroom at the time of the incident.

Police are investigating howthe suspect was able to enter the courtroom with a loaded weapon.Security guards are generally stationed outside court buildings, and police officers guard individual court rooms.

Besides the State Department, the U.S. Commission on International Freedom condemned the killing.

The Commission declared Pakistan a "country of particular concern" in its 2020 report released last month because of its treatment of minorities.

Ahmadi is a religious minority in Pakistan. But for many hardline Islamists, Qadri was a martyr, and his grave became a sanctuary for those who supported Asia Bibi's death sentence. Bibi was acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2019 after being on death row for almost 10 years. Faced with death threats from Islamic extremists upon her release, she flew to Canada to join her daughters previous year.

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