A mob in jap Pakistan entered a police station on Saturday and killed a person below custody, who was accused of blasphemy, police stated, within the newest incident of religion-linked violence within the Islamic republic.
The nation has seen quite a few instances of vigilante motion by mobs in opposition to folks accused of blasphemy, one of many highest profiled ones being the homicide of a Sri Lankan nationwide, a garment manufacturing facility supervisor, in 2021.
On Saturday, Muhammad Waris, a person in his early 20s, was taken into police custody after a mob attacked him for allegedly desecrating the Quran, the Muslim holy e-book, police spokesman Muhammad Waqas instructed Reuters.
Nevertheless, the mob entered the station, positioned within the metropolis of Nankana Sahib, took Waris out of the premises, beat him to loss of life and tried to set his physique on hearth, Mr Waqas added.
“Police couldn’t resist them as a result of a handful of officers have been current within the police station,” he stated, including that police reinforcements have been capable of cease the mob from setting the physique alight, and are readying motion in opposition to the gang.
A video of the incident, shared on social media and confirmed as genuine by the police, confirmed a person being dragged via the streets by his legs, stripped of his garments and being pummelled by sticks and metallic rods.
Worldwide rights teams have lengthy criticised Pakistani authorities for not doing sufficient to stem such killings over accusations of blasphemy, which have been frequent within the Muslim-majority nation.
Blasphemy can also be a criminal offense below Pakistani regulation, which may carry the loss of life sentence.
Six males have been sentenced to loss of life for killing the Sri Lankan garment manufacturing facility supervisor in a mass trial that concerned some 89 suspects after the matter sparked nationwide and international outrage. Nevertheless, different instances hardly ever see related motion.
A lot of police officers have been suspended due to their incapability to cease the mob, a press release from the police stated.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken discover of the incident and ordered an inquiry, the federal government stated.
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