A young Pakistani Muslim entered a courtroom in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday and shot and killed a colleague of Moslim, who was on trial for blasphemy. It was not immediately clear how the attacker, identified as Khalid Khan, managed to get to court with strict security.
The attacker was subsequently arrested.
Tahir Shamim Ahmad declared in court that he was an Islamic prophet who had been arrested two years ago on charges of blasphemy. Ahmad died before he could be taken to hospital.
Blasphemy Blasphemy is an extremely controversial issue in Pakistan, where they can be sentenced to life in prison or sentenced to death. However, crowds and individuals in Pakistan often take the law into their own hands.
While the authorities have yet to carry out the death penalty for blasphemy, the accusation itself can cause unrest. Domestic and international human rights groups argue that blasphemy allegations are often used to intimidate religious minorities and settle personal scores.
His governor was killed in 2011 by the governor of Punjab after defending Christian Asia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy. She was released after eight years in prison, which caught the attention of the international media. After her release, she faced threats of death from Islamic extremists and traveled to Canada last year.