When someone in a predominately Muslim country is accused of blasphemy, they are often safer being arrested and detained than they are left to the mercy of a mob. Here’s a perfect example, a professor in Pakistan accused of blasphemy who was assassinated without even being charged.
Unidentified gunmen on Thursday shot dead a professor of Islamic studies in Pakistan who had faced accusations of blasphemy and threats from colleagues over his moderate views, police said…
Dr Muhammad Shakil Auj, the dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies at the university in the southern port city of Karachi, had received threats following complaints that his teaching was too liberal, a colleague said.Among the articles the 54-year-old had written was one arguing that Muslim women should be allowed to marry non-Muslim men, the colleague said.
On Thursday morning, two gunmen riding a motorcycle fired on the car taking Auj to a function at an Iranian cultural centre in the city, police said.
“A bullet pierced through his head, proving fatal,” senior police officer Pir Mohammad Shah told reporters.
“We are investigating the killing. It would be premature to state the motive at the moment.” In 2012, Auj had complained to police that four colleagues had threatened him and sent him text messages accusing him of blasphemy, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Nasir Lodhi.
No it isn’t premature. We all know what happened here. This is what happens in a nation stocked with religious totalitarians and barbarians.