As bad as the blasphemy laws are in most officially Muslim countries, it’s often better than what mobs of barbarians will do to those who are accused of that “crime.” Again and again, accused blasphemers are beaten and killed by mobs. The latest is in Pakistan and it happened in police custody.
Victim Khalil Ahmad was a member of the minority Ahmadi community, a sect who say they are Muslim but whose religion is rejected by the Pakistani state.Ahmad and three other Ahmadis had asked a shopkeeper in their village in central Pakistan earlier this week to remove inflammatory stickers denouncing their community, said Saleem ud Din, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community.
In retaliation, the shopkeeper filed blasphemy charges against the four men on May 12. Ahmad, a father of four, was in police custody when the teenage boy walked in, asked to see him, and shot him dead, Din said.
He said police told him that the shooter, a high school student, had been arrested.
Din said the lapse in security would have to be investigated. Pakistani police are notoriously poorly trained and security is often lax, critics say.
Or it’s entirely possible that the police were in on it or let it happen. Such is the barbaric nature of this kind of mob justice.