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)