U.S. citizen shot and killed in Pakistan courtroom during the trial blasphemy | Instant News

Tahir Ahmed Naseem, 47, died Wednesday in the northwestern city of Peshawar, after a member of the Public came into the courtroom and opened fire in front of a judge, according to the officials. The assailant was arrested at the scene.

Nazim was in the dock on charges of blasphemy after allegedly claiming to be a prophet, a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment under the Penal code of Pakistan.

In a statement, the US State Department said that officials were “shocked, saddened and outraged by” the death of Nasim at. The statement said that Nazim was “lured to Pakistan from his home in Illinois to persons who then used the blasphemy laws of Pakistan, to lure him into a trap.”He did not offer any additional details. Nasim was receiving consular assistance since his detention in 2018.

“We extend our condolences to the family of Nazim Tahir, an American citizen who was killed today in a courtroom in Pakistan,” Bureau of the Department of state for South and Central Asia, said in a separate statement posted online on Thursday. “We call on Pakistan to adopt urgent measures and carry out reforms that will prevent such a shameful tragedy will never happen again”.

According to the representative of police of Peshawar, the alleged killer told Nazim that he was an “enemy of religion” and deserves to be killed before opening fire.

Police are investigating how the suspect was able to enter the courtroom with a loaded weapon. The guards usually stationed outside the court buildings and police officers guard a separate courtrooms.

Weapons are difficult to obtain in Pakistan-the civilian population can not buy weapons or carry without a license. Members of society also, as a rule, not allowed in the local court facilities such as the one where he was shot.

Blasphemy, violent

This case has once again highlighted the tension due to the strict laws of the country about the blasphemy that have been associated with a number of acts of violence, including at least one fatal shooting in recent years.

International human rights organizations have widely condemned the law, which critics say disproportionately used against groups of religious minorities and to prosecute journalists who are critical of Pakistani religious organizations.

According to the country reports for the non-commercial organization “human rights Watch” last year at least 17 people former death row on charges of blasphemy. Most members of religious minorities.
However, violence against those who criticize the blasphemy law was “the cooling effect“in efforts to reform legislation, HRW said.

There are also fears that hardline Islamist groups can ultimately catch the attacker Nazim as a hero, as they did in the past to murderers those associated with accusations of blasphemy.

In 2010, a Christian mother of five Asia Bibi was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. The following year, the Governor of Punjab province Salman Taseer was assassinated by a bodyguard spoke out in support of Bibi and condemnation of the strict laws of the country, blasphemy.

His killer, Mumtaz Qadri immediately surrendered to police and was later executed. But for many conservative Islamists, Kadri was a Martyr, and his grave became a place of pilgrimage for those who support the death penalty of Asia Bibi.

After the Supreme court acquitted Bibi in 2018, Maulana Sami ul-Haq, the Pakistani political and religious figure, known as the “father of the Taliban” was killed for appeals to cancel its decision.

At that time, Rabia Mahmood, a former employee of the organization “Amnesty international” reports business Bibi became so acute because the Pakistani government failed to take action to curb “a campaign of hatred and violence provoked by certain groups in the country.”


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