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A Pakistani man who was tried for blasphemy was shot in court



A Pakistani man who was blasphemed after blaspheming after claiming to be a prophet was shot dead in a courtroom in the northern city of Peshawar on Wednesday.

Tahir Ahmad Naseem was killed by a man who shouted that he was an “enemy of Islam” before he started firing.

Blasphemy in Pakistan can be punished by death, although no one has been executed for it. However, blasphemy allegations have often led to violent attacks.

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Police gather at the entrance gate of the district court after the killing of Tahir Ahmad Naseem, who was accused in court of insulting Islam, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Foto / Muhammad Sajjad)

Police gather at the entrance gate of the district court after the killing of Tahir Ahmad Naseem, who was accused in court of insulting Islam, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Foto / Muhammad Sajjad)

A video shared on the social media of the horrible scene shows that Naseem’s body has fallen over the court chairs.

The person who killed Naseem was only identified as Khalid. It was not clear how Khalid brought the loaded weapon to court.

Naseem was first accused of blasphemy by a teenager named Awais Malik.

Naseem and Malik made friends online while Naseem was in the United States. Malik told the BBC that he and Naseem met in person at a shopping mall in Pakistan to discuss his views on religion. The conversation was alarming enough for Malik to go to the authorities and open a case against Naseem.

Naseem was born in Ahmadi’s sect, but left her and then claimed to be a prophet himself.

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The Ahmadis are a persecuted minority in Pakistan and have fallen victim to the country’s draconian laws. According to a study by Human Rights Watch, there are about half a million Ahmads in Pakistan.

Community leader Ahmadi suggested to the BBC that Naseem was mentally ill and uploaded videos to social media claiming to be the messiah.


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