Pakistani ‘Blasphemer’ Killed in Police Custody

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.

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  • smrnda

    I agree that as bad as cops can be, vigilantism would be worse.

    These ‘blasphemy crimes’ get worse and worse; it isn’t even an atheist, just the wrong kind of Muslim. In a society that punishes ‘blasphemers’ nobody is really safe.

  • busterggi

    “Ahmadi community, a sect who say they are Muslim but whose religion is rejected by the Pakistani state.”

    Well at least now we know who decides who ‘true’ Muslims are. If only the Christians could figure that out.

  • grumpyoldfart

    …police told him that the shooter, a high school student, had been arrested.

    Arrested for murder or disturbance of the peace?

  • Ichthyic

    “Ahmadi community, a sect who say they are Muslim but whose religion is rejected by the Pakistani state.”

    Well at least now we know who decides who ‘true’ Muslims are. If only the Christians could figure that out

    what makes you think they haven’t?

    a lot of them are currently fighting an intellectual and cultural cage match to come out on top and proclaim the government a theocracy. when they accomplish that, they get to tell you who is a true xian.

    I see it happening all over the US, frankly.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Horrific.

    Nobody should ever be punished for their beliefs like this let alone murdered by a mob of scumbags for disagreeing with them or being of a different group.

    The world needs to make it very clear that such things as this aren’t acceptable and have severe consequences and not just let this pass by without action.

  • D Carter

    When I worry about America’s occasional tendency toward Christian Sharia, I realize that with my mouth I wouldn’t have made it to 11 years old in a place like today’s Pakistan. Or in early Salem, Massachusetts. Or in America under Sarah Palin or at a Dallas Chipotle.

  • dingojack

    Two Pakistanis meet each other on the street, one says: “Did you hear brother, an atheist died today”

    The other replies: “That’s funny, I didn’t even know one was in jail”.

    :/ Dingo

  • Kermit Sansoo

    D Carter – or you might have – as I did – learn to simply keep your mouth shut. I probably) wouldn’t have been shot or beaten to death, but for a kid there is no easy escaping the family. I tried to come out as an atheist when I was 13 but my mother went into such hysterics and my father was so angry that I just stopped talking and they eventually went into denial mode. It never happened, and it turned out that we were at war with Eastasia after all.