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Crazed mob reacts to alleged blasphemy

Crazed mob reacts to alleged blasphemy

Enraged Muslim zealots tortured a Pakistani Christian couple and incinerated their bodies in a brick kiln yesterday after they were accused of burning a Koran.

According to this report, the incident took place yesterday in the town of Kot Radha Kishan in Punjab Province.

The victims, Shahzad and Shama Masih, had four children and were believed to be in their mid-20s. Both worked as labourers at a local brick kiln. The accusations against them began after burned pages of the Quran were said to have been found in their trash.

The murdered couple. Click here for picture source.

The murdered couple. Click here for picture source.

As word spread, the couple were locked up in a room adjacent to the brick kiln by their employer, Yousaf Gujjar, who allegedly was in a dispute with the couple over money.

Some accounts in local news media suggested that Gujjar accused them of blasphemy after they refused to repay money he had lent them.

Local clerics then began making incendiary announcements and urged people to take action. Hundreds of people converged on the couple’s home, and witnesses said some in the crowd broke down the door and dragged the couple out.

The police said they were tortured and then burned in the kiln.

Jawad Qamar, the local police chief, told local news media outlets:

By the time police arrived, the couple was already dead. Their bodies were totally burned

He said a criminal case had been filed against at least 460 people, and 48 people had been arrested. The police were conducting raids to detain more suspects.

Earlier this year, a woman and two of her young granddaughters were burned to death in the eastern city of Gujranwala after a member of their Ahmadi minority sect was accused of posting a “blasphemous” picture on Facebook.

A mob of roughly 1,000 people began rampaging through an Ahmadi neighborhood after being alerted to the photograph, setting houses on fire and injuring at least eight other people, according to the police.

Shahbaz Sharif, the Punjab chief minister, has formed a three-member committee to investigate the latest killings.

Also, the police have been ordered to increase security around Christian neighborhoods in Punjab.

Hat tip: M A Chohan

20 responses to “Crazed mob reacts to alleged blasphemy”

  1. Lonbo says:

    As usual religion rages in Pakistan.

  2. Broga says:

    Ignorance, prejudice, cruelty, the rage of the unthinking mob: the stuff of so much religion. It is so easy to rouse a mob of believers to avenge supposed grievances or to gain benefits. The same treatment was handed out to innocent women accused of witches on nothing more than accusation.

    Religion like this is a disease and it has dreadful qualities. The raging mob feel a righteous need for vengeance. They delight in satisfying this, without pity, to the most pathetic of victims. No doubt they have a sense of satisfaction at pleasing their God.

    This episode is just so grisly that the imagination reels in thinking about the horror.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    As I said when I linked to this story on a thread here yesterday, this act of violence has been carried out by ordinary people, not by some organised army of terrorists like IS. All it takes is for these so-called ‘holy men’ to fire up the mindless muslim masses they have inculcated since birth and hey-presto – it’s open season on anyone who those clerics deem to be fair game.

    Which is why, harping back to yet another recent Freethinker thread, it is so unbelievably naive of Charles to argue that if only people of faith could get along it would somehow, magically, make everything all right. What utter tosh! For centuries the people who run the world’s various brands of religion have used, abused and manipulated humanity to consolidate there own power, amass their riches and, in absolute contrast to their claims, suppress the innate morality which is at birth inherent in us all.

  4. Brogue Heely says:

    Need any more proof that religion is an evil force?

  5. Broga says:

    @Brogue Heeley: Burnt alive and in 2014. Only religion could cause this to happen – wilfully, with enthusiasm and without pity.

  6. L.Long says:

    I will concede that Yousaf was the push behind this and he is criminal.
    No proof just a guess, BUT that does not change that it took nothing at all to convince others to kill them for burning some paper.
    This just enforces the idea that islame0phobia is not a phobia with actions like this going on.

  7. BillT says:

    I thought that printing the words of the Prophet was anathema to true followers. The holiest have committed his words to memory and would feel compelled to burn the printed abominations so the truth need not be sullied by mere humans.

  8. David Anderson says:

    Oh come now, you are all overreacting. These people are just moderate muslims who have not had the benefit of hearing the wise words from Charles the Prince of Piffle.

    Seriously, I would like to know just how low a country has to sink before it is chucked out of the UN and/ or the Commonwealth of Nations.

  9. barriejohn says:

    Broga: I think it’s going too far to say that ONLY religion could cause this to happen. Nationalism and political ideology can as well, though religion is a powerful force as it has such emotional power. All can work together and become inextricably linked. Have you watched any of the Nazi Collaborators series on Yesterday, as this becomes quite clear, especially in the Balkans and Baltic states, where appalling atrocities were committed with relish. There seems no limit to what people are prepared to do to one another when encouraged by some ideology or other.

  10. M A Chohan says:

    The argument given to support Qadri, the guard who killed Pakistani allegedly blaspemous minster Salman Taseer by 21 bullets, not to be given death penalty is ‘life of a believer is more sanctimonious even though he is a murderer’.
    Although many factors can be attributed to such unimaginable barbaric acts, such as poverty, education, politics, … the fundamental tinder is religious beliefs.
    Would the moderates be voicing and condemning this particular incident and similar ones they being the majority.
    Could Reza Aslan also move and go and live in Pakistan and make his abode there and prove that all such violence is not due to religion, which is all cosy and peaceful, it is only politics past and present which makes people violent.
    this is the 21st century these things must not be happening. Protest must come from all in this world

  11. Paul Cook says:

    OT

    cake makers refuse to bake a gay cake are being sued.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-29926372

  12. Trevor Blake says:

    “You knew what was happening – what did you do?” This is a question that will cause the apologists for religion (some religions especially) to hide their faces in shame when their children and their children’s children ask it.

    But if the apologists and religionist have their way, no one will ask such questions. On pain of death.

  13. Newspaniard says:

    I have just been reading about child abuse in Manchester and Rochdale and discovered that there are over 13,000 uninvestigated cases and the reasons given are budget, not enough prisons and fear of the R word. One solution would be to send the perpetrators back to their countries of origin where, presumably, their activities are legal.

  14. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: You are, of course, quite right. Stalin and his Gulags killed millions. I have read much about the Nazis and one of the aspects of the horrors of the Concentration Camps was the normality of the perpetrators. They returned home each day to loving families. Somebody wrote about the “banality of evil.”

  15. barriejohn says:

    43 arrests:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29911857

    In a statement, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said “a responsible state cannot tolerate mob rule and public lynching with impunity”.

    “The Pakistani state has to act proactively to protect its minorities from violence and injustice.”

    Get rid of your blasphemy laws, then. However, it seems that “settling old scores” may be behind this again:

    Union leader Farooq Tariq told the BBC that the dispute was actually over money.

    “The owner of the brick kiln gave it a religious colour, and they locked up the Christian woman Shama for two days, then attacked her with shovels, then tortured her husband and threw them in the brick kiln.

    “It’s the worst misuse of religion,” he said.

  16. barriejohn says:

    Broga: I have read widely on the subject as well – as did my late father – yet every new documentary seems to throw up even more shocking facts. I am still at a loss to understand how a largely educated, civilized and sophisticated nation like Germany could have put in power such monsters as Hitler, Goebbels, Himmler, Goering, Hess, and Bormann. Even Speer knew what was going on, though he rewrote history after the war! In a recent episode of Hitler’s Henchmen (Yesterday) it appears that a high ranking naval officer approached Karl Doenitz towards the end of the War and asked him to alert Hitler to the new directive to sink ships carrying Jewish refugees, as he was sure that the Fuehrer was unaware of this. Doenitz’s reply was that he could not possibly compromise his close relationship with Hitler in such a way, yet he was another whose role in the Third Reich was largely rewritten post 1945. I had to enlighten my father to the fact that the Grossadmiral was a fanatical Nazi and Hitler-worshipper as, being a fellow sailor, my father had assumed that the bastard was a thoroughly good egg (as many German sailors were) who knew nothing about concentration camps, gas ovens and “final solutions”!

  17. Paul Cook says:

    I know it is OT but there used to be a rumour German U Boats would surface and machine gun crews ‘lucky’ enough to survive a sinking.
    I have watched original genuine colour film where just this happened from the Second World War. A victorious submarine crew, without compassion shooting drowning sailors who are shocked, disorientated and desperate to get onto the submarine.

    The submarine was a US one. The killers murdering these defenceless helpless sailors they had just sunk, were Americans.
    They show no mercy and behave like they are at a fairground coconut shy.

  18. barriejohn says:

    Paul Cook: That’s possible. Doenitz was to be arraigned for ordering “Unrestricted Submarine Warfare”, but those charges were dropped as the Americans had operated in that way from day one of the war. He claimed not to be a Nazi supporter, but merely a patriot (as he says in his autobiographies), but was a fanatical Nazi and anti-semite, as other of his statements showed. He was, incidentally, an evangelical Christian!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_D%C3%B6nitz#Nuremberg_war_crimes_trials

  19. barriejohn says:

    Back on-topic, here’s another case:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29933125

    Not exactly Dixon of Dock Green, is he?

  20. Fausto says:

    It’s so sad to see things like this.
    Sadly, the majority of humans still lives in the middle ages. Our species has a long way to go… People don’t need gods. They need humanity, to learn how to be humane, and not this. Killing over a burnt freaking book.