Another blasphemy killing in Pakistan

Another blasphemy killing in Pakistan

The bullet-riddled body of a man arrested then freed after being jailed for blasphemy was found this week in deserted area near Usman Khattar Railway Station in Peshawar. He had been shot in the chest and head at close range.

According to this report, the victim, identified as 52-year-old Aabid Mehmood, alias Aabid Kazzab, owned a hotel and lived in Kamra village. He had reportedly claimed to be a “prophet” in October 2011 and blasphemy complaint was lodged against him by his son-in-law, Sadaqat Ali.

Aabid was sent to jail after his mental condition had been examined by a board of doctors at the Rawalpindi District Headquarters Hospital. He was released from Adiyala jail after about two years because of his mental and physical condition.

On Tuesday, some masked men took him from his house in Ahatta area and his bullet-riddled body was found on Wednesday.

When Mehmood’s body was brought to the village, “a group of enraged people” prevented his relatives from burying it in the local graveyard. He was later interred in the courtyard of his house.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that a German newspaper that reprinted Charlie Hebdo Mohammad cartoons has been the target of an arson attack.

A police spokesman said:

Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window. Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly.

The regional tabloid daily, the Hamburger Morgenpost, had splashed three Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page after the Paris massacre, running the headline:

This much freedom must be possible!

No one was hurt in the attack in the northern port city, which police said occurred at about 1.20 am this morning.

Two people were detained and an investigation has begun, police said, adding said it was too soon to say whether there was a connection between the attack and the newspaper’s publication of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

Hat tip: M A Chohan (blasphemy report)

20 responses to “Another blasphemy killing in Pakistan”

  1. Broga says:

    The warriors of Islam are characterised by cowardice: the shooting in the back; the beheading of those on their knees; the slaughter of the innocent leading unsuspecting lives which offend the religious.

    The Charlie Hebdo killers would have expected to be immediately transported to Paradise with 72 comely virgins awaiting them. It is regrettable that they cannot know that they have entered the infinite unconscious and will experience nothing.

    If there is anything beyond death, and I suppose in an infinite cosmos we cannot rule that out, (although I would) it certainly won’t be what they expect.

  2. sailor1031 says:

    There is precedent for islamic prophets having troubles with sons-in-law named Ali. But I wonder who owns the hotel now? Who would turn their father-in-law in just for “blasphemy” unless there was property at stake? And just suppose that this poor man actually was a prophet of doG – doesn’t seem any more unlikely than Mohammed’s (pbuh) claims.

    My guess is that the masked assassins were hired by someone who didn’t want to have to give the hotel back to its true owner.

  3. barriejohn says:

    While it is nice to see all the “We are Charlie” banners in Paris and elsewhere, they don’t really pack much punch. “Fuck Mohammed” (or “Fuck Religion”) would actually show solidarity with Charlie Hebdo, and indicate to the fanatics that they were not going to win the battle, but that would never be allowed!

  4. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: Are the “We are Charlie” banners first cousins to “Flowers for Diana.” I’m still pleased to see the banners.

  5. barriejohn says:

    Broga: I fear that you have put your finger on it. I see that the Right Wing have been barred from joining the demonstrations in favour of freedom of speech in France. “Nous sommes Charlie” – up to a point.

  6. Great Satan says:

    What is Islam ? this is – Boko Haram execute young men for refusing to join (CAUTION – Graphic) ;

  7. andym says:

    Dom’t know if any UK posters saw “The Big Questions” this morning but the show was noteworthy in, from a competitive field, producing the most unhinged nutter it has ever shown. A Christian who said that humanism was the road to” wantonness and debauchery.” If only!

    He was so poker-faced, I thought at first he was an actor or a satirist. But no, he was serious. He also called the whole of evolutionary theory a hoax. Andrew Copson did his best and the audience were just laughing for long periods, although someone did point out that they might not have laughed so much had he been a Muslim.

    It will be in I-player about 40-45 minutes in.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Andym: I didn’t realize that it was back. Best comedy series ever!

    Here’s the link:

  9. andym says:

    Barrie, to be fair they do seem to be getting more sensible people on ,if the first episode is anything to go by. The House of Commons Chaplain comes over as nothing more than a bigot, who seems to think marriage is exclusively a religious institution. When asked if she would attend a humanist wedding, there was along pause before an “I don’t know.”

  10. Trevor Blake says:

    I support the most crude and distatasteful of blasphemies. But my own are of a different nature. I draw Mohammad playing backgammon or petting a dog..

    … or similarly scenes that are innocent to most eyes and blasphous to Muslims. It shows their sad and backwards thinking for what it is.

  11. Newspaniard says:

    The perpetrators are unlikely to be arrested in Pakistan. The police over there are only interested in arresting blasphemers, actual or suspected which includes all non-muslims. The current hotel “owners” probably slipped the local police a few paper ones to look the other way. Everything about Pakistan smacks of corruption from the top down which is why so many are leaving that cesspit for Europe.

  12. Lon says:

    Oh for a like button, barriejohn! Fuck religion indeed, and fuck the three stooges, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed too!!!

  13. gwen maka says:

    It’s true that earlier series of The Big Question (Sunday morning BBC1) were frequently lightweight (although pleasantly entertaining) but I agree with andym that today’s was very good and had some seriously articulate speakers and thinkers, notably Nawaz from Quilliam, Copson from the British Humanist Society, and Douglas Murray from the Spectator (who could barely contain his fury) among others. Definitely worth a view and may it be the start of a more heavyweight future.

  14. Cali Ron says:

    When you combine a corrupt religion like islam with a corrupt government and society like Pakistan’s, you get a corrupt quagmire of shit. Years of supporting islamic terrorists like the Taliban are coming home to roost there now, too. Another third world country stuck in the past, a slave to islam and it’s downward spiral. It’s not a coincidence that every muslim dominated country is poor, undereducated and a breeding ground for terrorists. This would be a good recruitment slogan for them: Become a muslim and join islam on it’s slow journey back to the stone age.

  15. Great Satan says:

    One point that Salman Rushdie mentioned many years ago about corruption in Pakistan is that the Pakistan military and other high figures take a cut from the heroin being trafficked from Afghanistan (which helps Taleban funding).
    I might also add that 20% of the money slushing through City financial institutions is “dirty”, so our “great and good” are also taking their cut, then the product hits our streets and working class communities and boosts the power and profits of grooming gangs et al.

  16. Angela_K says:

    I see the European leaders are crying their Crocodile tears of hypocrisy in Paris, ignoring the fact they are collectively and partly responsible. I am not suggesting a far right type response, however our leaders have failed by allowing mass immigration of an intolerant and alien culture that refuses to assimilate or integrate and by failing to control the extremists.

    Also, the mass media including our islamic loving BBC are cowards by not publishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

  17. barriejohn says:

    Forget the Muslims, the attack was REALLY Gawd’s punishment upon the magazine for its blasphemy against the Christian religion:

    Noting that Exodus 20 states that “the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain,” Fischer theorized that just as God regularly sent “idolators” to attack Israel as a “rod of correction” in order to “discipline his own people” for their transgressions, so too had God used these radical Muslim attackers as retribution for against Charlie Hebdo for its anti-Christian blasphemy.

    See? Floorless logic again (sic)!

  18. Broga says:

    It would seem that if your brain is befuddled by belief you can place any interpretation you wish on any act. I might decide that God arranged the murder to stimulate huge outrage and demands for free speech from people who were previously indifferent about the issue.

    Lord Carey has declared himself against blasphemy and says magazines should publish what they wish. And he is an unlikely supporter of the views of most of us in this Parish of Infidels. But God works in a mysterious way.

    I don’t take the support of David “I do God” Cameron seriously.

  19. Atabale says:

    The religious nutters only fall for a stunt such as: prophet, son of god,etc: ONCE.

  20. Cali Ron says:

    Bryan Fischer is a pathetic wussy. He devotes 4 paragraphs to the theory that the attack is god’s punishment, then claims that that’s “not saying that this is what I believe”. He doesn’t say it isn’t what he believes either. Such a man of convictions. I wonder what his listeners did to god to subject them to his radio program.
    Apparently the christians are feeling left out and need to some how make this about them. They wear their martyrdom well-we’re so persecuted. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the dead we’re atheists who we’re killed for their anti-god cartoons, not christians! Bryan Fischer is a classless asshole.