Man accused of blasphemy shot dead in Pakistan

A man accused of blasphemy was shot and killed near his home in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore shortly after being granted bail by a court, according to a media report.

Imran Latif, 22, was accused of burning pages of the Quran in a case registered at Sherakot police station in Lahore and spent five months in jail.

He was released on bail on November 3 after the man who filed the complaint of blasphemy told the court he was not sure that Latif was guilty.

Latif was shot by armed men near his home on November 11 but police learnt only later that he had been accused of blasphemy, the Express Tribune newspaper reported.

Inspector Rafique Ahmed, who is investigating the murder, said Latif’s killing was likely linked to the blasphemy case. “No Muslim tolerates a man who commits blasphemous acts,” he said.

Latif’s family had not mentioned the blasphemy case when they reported the murder, he said.

via Man accused of blasphemy killed in Pakistan.


Religion of peace, indeed…


5 comments on “Man accused of blasphemy shot dead in Pakistan

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  2. The vital question is whether the Qur’an endorses such behaviour. A careful perusal reveals it doesn’t. E.g. capital punishment is un-Islamic:

    • Claudia says:

      Yeah, that’s why most of Islamic countries actually contemplate death penalty in their criminal laws. Because actually capital punishment is sanctioned in the Qu’ran. And scholars have actually punished blasphemy in different ways, including killing the blasphemer:

      Blasphemy in Islam is any irreverent behavior[1] toward holy personages, religious artifacts, customs, and beliefs that Muslims revere. The Quran and the hadith do not speak about blasphemy.[2] Jurists created the offence, and they made it part of Sharia.[2] Where Sharia pertains, the penalties for blasphemy can include fines, imprisonment, flogging, amputation, crucifixion, hanging, or beheading.[3][4] Muslim clerics may call for the killing of an alleged blasphemer by issuing a fatwa.[5][6]

      If I am not mistaken, Sharia is Islamic.
      We’ll see too if these guys actually get punished for what they did, something that it’s rare in Pakistan.

  3. […] Esta noticia, de la que desde luego nos tenemos que alegrar (a pesar de lo absurdo de la acusación…), sin embargo, hay que considerarla en el contexto paquistaní, donde recientemente otro acusado de blasfemia, que fue puesto en libertad, fue asesinado a tiros en la calle. […]

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