Despite innocent verdict, blasphemy accused shot dead by maulvi complainant

Published: April 15, 2012

After years in prison, 80-year old Iqbal Butt was on his way home when he was shot dead by Maulvi Waqas. DESIGN: JAHANZAIB HAQUE

LAHORE: An elderly man, recently released from prison after acquittal by the court on proving innocent in a blasphemy case, was shot dead by the complainant in the Farooqabad area of Sheikhupura.

80-year-old Iqbal Butt was on his way home on a motorcycle rikshaw when he was shot dead when the accuser Maulvi Waqas and an unidentified accomplice chased him on a motorcycle and opened fire, resulting in his death.

Javed Butt, stepson of Iqbal Butt said the Maulvi Waqas accused his father of blasphemy just to settle score with him after they exchanged some harsh words during an argument earlier on. The accused put pressure on police through protest of clerics and succeeded in registering a case against Iqbal, added Javed.

After the case was registered, the police arrested Iqbal and he was jailed but on December 30, 2011 he was honourably acquitted due to lack of evidence.

SHO PS city Farooqabad, Inspector Muhammad Idrees, while talking to The Express Tribune said that the deceased was found innocent during the course of investigation. He said that after conducting investigations, even the Ulema’s committee had declared him innocent. Both reports were submitted, after which the court had acquitted Iqbal.

“The complainant Maulvi Waqas, a Khateeb of a local Mosque, was unhappy with the acquittal and he along with an unknown accomplice shot Iqbal Butt,” the Investigation Officer (IO) Sub Inspector Javed Mehmood said.

A case has been registered against Waqas and his unknown accomplice but no arrests have been made as yet. According to police, raids are being conducted to find the accused.

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Reader Comments (51)

  • Shyam
    Apr 15, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Lets all get ready to shower the killer Maulvi with rose petals

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  • Uzair
    Apr 15, 2012 - 1:16PM

    The Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries should have changed the definition to FUBAR as well as totally utterly insane to “Pakistan” some time ago. A country where thought-crime is not just a real possibility, but WILL get you killed. Where there is ZERO respect for a person’s right to even their own private thoughts.

    – A completely disillusioned and very angry liberal Pakistani

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  • Mard-e-Mujahid
    Apr 15, 2012 - 1:20PM

    Ghazi Waqas teri azmat ko salaam!
    The people of Pakistan will protest from Karachi to Khyber if they don’t drop this illogical case against you

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  • MBN
    Apr 15, 2012 - 1:20PM

    This maulvi should be arrested and summarily hanged for this blatant act.*

    *in another, ideal universe where Pakistan isn’t a joke.Recommend

  • M. A. Changezi
    Apr 15, 2012 - 2:06PM

    So this maulvi is going to be another hero/upholder of Islam our country? Shame really.

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  • Apr 15, 2012 - 2:12PM

    Wait and see how this murderer is celebrated in this land of the pure and holy, where murder/prejudice/hatred rule and peace/love/forgiveness are mere words to be tossed about. How many more lives will thus be lost?

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  • Straight Fire
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:04PM

    @MBN:
    Wishes, Desires, Dreams … that’s all i have to say about your comment … learn to live in reality where decisions are made by Talibans and not your corrupt Govt. :)

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  • wahab
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:07PM

    so dear hypocrite lawyers, get ur flowers ready.. u have one more hero here~~

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  • Hu Chun Yue
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:12PM

    It is shocking that the police dropped the case. In China where crime involves capital punishment, the government shoots fast. This prevents people from taking the law into their own hands. I eat pork fried rice so for me it is not about Islam but about rule of law.

    Yours taller than the lampost, deeper than the abyss and sweeter than jalebi friend.

    Hu Chun

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  • HG
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:13PM

    If you are so sure that Waqas shot him go and lodge FIR against him. If not then Why you mentioned his name?

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  • Imran
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:21PM

    Insane Maulvi !!

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  • Mukesh
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:28PM

    Living in such a closed, inhuman society Saans lena bhi saza laghti hai…

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  • shaheen1shaheen2
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:29PM

    this is what happens when people are denied justice.

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  • Big Rizvi
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:34PM

    Behold! The hypocrisy of the clergy has been brought to light! So proud of Pakistan… Sorry, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan!

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  • Haider A.
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:41PM

    shower the killer Maulvi with rose petals. he has added 72 more virgins in his lot.

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  • Noble Tufail
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:41PM

    Unlike the universally adapted human civil values all over the world …In ideologically driven societies like us … madness is appreciated/encouraged silently if not openly.

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  • rashid khan
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:41PM

    Another Qadri in the making. Place your orders with the florist.

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  • Apr 15, 2012 - 3:55PM

    @Shyam:
    A garland as well please! He has shown how merciful and human he is !

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  • Apr 15, 2012 - 3:58PM

    @shaheen1shaheen2:
    What justice are you talking about? An old man has been murdered.

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  • sidjeen
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:58PM

    No words. just GUTTED.

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  • Chink
    Apr 15, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Thai Rose Petals in big demand in pakistan

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Apr 15, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Thank you Jinnah!

    For creating an asylum and taking away all the madmen from India.

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  • alicia
    Apr 15, 2012 - 4:25PM

    @Mard-e-Mujahid
    That guy was declared innocent by the law and even by the ulema. That means he did not do anything wrong. How can we support the killer of someone who is innocent

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  • Apr 15, 2012 - 4:36PM

    Dear would-be Witness & would-be Judge,

    Please be alert. Some motor-cyclists may do their holy duty on you.

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  • Apr 15, 2012 - 4:58PM

    If you have laws so loose that individuals can use them at will, this would happen. Let us not try to find philosophical reasons behind all the violence going in Pakistan.

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  • Ali
    Apr 15, 2012 - 5:06PM

    @alicia:
    I think he was being sarcastic. Not very successfully though.

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  • r p
    Apr 15, 2012 - 5:07PM

    any person in his world have right to criticse any religion

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  • DevilHunterX
    Apr 15, 2012 - 5:15PM

    @Zahid Hussain:
    sounds like a weird fetish

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  • Apr 15, 2012 - 5:29PM

    ah this! Still more supporters of this draconian and senseless British law?

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  • Cautious
    Apr 15, 2012 - 5:30PM

    It’s your law — you protested in the streets to keep it. Be proud — it’s all yours – even if the rest of the World shakes it’s head and wonder’s what went wrong with your country.

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Apr 15, 2012 - 6:07PM

    CIA, Mossad and Raw planned this attack to malign innocent maulvi?

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  • sohaib
    Apr 15, 2012 - 7:34PM

    I m extremely angry and saddened by this act. On top of that, it brings unnecessary shame to the name of Islam. Laws of Islam being abused to settle personal scores and that is a great shame. Shame on being a ‘khateeb’ and a ‘maulvi’ to have done this.

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  • Saad
    Apr 15, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Is it me or is 99% of these cases human rights violations, blasphemy, acid throwing, bull dozing or occupation of churches, temples and ahmedi mosques are taking place in Punjab!

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  • Maz
    Apr 15, 2012 - 8:11PM

    the BIG joke is, they claim to Follow a prophet that himself never took any revenge on those that abused him daily or threw stones at him or hit him with sticks, they seriously need to look at what they practice as they are seriously so afar from his beautiful teachings

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  • raw is war
    Apr 15, 2012 - 9:00PM

    @ Usman Malik

    we are 65 years away from british rule. lets stop blaming them for every mistake of ours.

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  • Apr 15, 2012 - 9:40PM

    @Mard-e-Mujahid:
    Shame and condemnation on you and your support for violent extremism. Don’t confuse munafiq zalims, criminal aggressors and cowardly murderers with honorific title of Mujahids, who are suppose to be brave, just, ethical and moral, not murdering innocents. Disgrace. Just twisted violent un-Islamic Taliban ideological mindset has been cultivated, where a proven innocent old man is killed anyway due to psychotic fanatic blood-thirsty whims. Absolute derangement.

    @HG:
    Inspector is the one who named him, therefore reported, and yes the police have filed a case and searching for him, as clearly the criminal scum is trying to flee and avoid capture. Any other defence for precious the mullah or excuse or denial of who committed the killing? Apparently M-e-M above has no such issue naming the mullah culprit for hero worship for this crime.

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  • Nuzhat Khawaja
    Apr 15, 2012 - 10:15PM

    Anyone got the guts to call this law what Salman Taseer called it…if not to shower rose petals on this maulvi….Recommend

  • Imran Bhatt
    Apr 15, 2012 - 10:29PM

    Is this horrific killing not a contempt of court and worthy of His Honourable CJ’s sou motto action? May be not as deceased person does not have any political significance and furthermore, this is a “right” kind of murder.

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  • Azeema
    Apr 15, 2012 - 10:53PM

    Where is that tolerant Islam that people in Punjab are supposed to be following?

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  • Mian
    Apr 15, 2012 - 11:54PM

    @Shayam and Prinka
    not only for this moulvi but for Shiv sena,bal thakary and modi too…do criticize others but see your own house too.

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  • Shekel allison
    Apr 16, 2012 - 12:03AM

    I am at the loss of words. Speechless.

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  • Parvez
    Apr 16, 2012 - 12:07AM

    Shame on the protectors of Law and Justice for allowing this to happen.
    When the accused was found innocent the accuser should have been arrested for false accusation and punished

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  • disgusted human
    Apr 16, 2012 - 12:53AM

    @Mian: Shiv Sena (includes Bal Thakary) doesn’t roam around with guns killing people. They have history of beating people but nobody (atleast in recent times) has any case of killing anyone and roaming freely. I challenge you on that. Secondly, Modi is an elected representative of people. There is no direct involvement of modi in any killing and SC has given its verdict on it (I don’t deny there may be lapse on his part). There are people who are convicted and they are now behind bars. But here your maulvi saab has taken the law in his hand and killed in open sight. Don’t compare apples and oranges.

    Secondly I don’t understand what kind of “hujum” these religious fanatics have become. killing a 80 yr old man to save ISLAM. My god !! What is even worse is that this guy was acquitted both by court and Ulema council. From where else can this guy get a certificate that he is not a blasphemer.

    This is the direct consequence of “GLORIFYING” the killers of Salmaan Taseer and Bhatti. These mullas have ruined the peace religion of Islam. I pray to god to prevent any such incident in future.

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  • Pollack
    Apr 16, 2012 - 12:55AM

    @r p: “any person in his world have right to criticse any religion”

    People who feel that god directly gave the material for their religious book may not agree. So criticism of religion for these people is translated as criticism of god which a complete taboo. I am sure there are many such people in this world. So this sort of right can never exist in societies where majority of the people share this belief.

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  • us_roamer
    Apr 16, 2012 - 1:04AM

    Unfortunatly, We are living in Dark Ages…

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  • Truth Teller
    Apr 16, 2012 - 1:16AM

    Words cannot describe the sick mind of muderer.

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  • Apr 16, 2012 - 3:06AM

    Well done moulvi Waqas! In a society at mercy of dogs gone made cold blooded murder of innocents is a virtue. A society which produces closed minds devoid of any critical thinking ensures a very large number of your admirers. However, your heroism has taken Pakistan closer to her apparent fate.Recommend

  • Giggles
    Apr 16, 2012 - 3:20AM

    Bloody radicals + incapable corrupt and useless government are going to be the death of Pakistan. Somewhat disillusioning.
    On a side note, I found many comments amusing, especially those posted by our neighboring countrymen. Haven’t quite figured out what pleasure they derive from elementary trolling. Contribute something intelligent for once, neighbor. Would be nice to know what the educated among you have to say.

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  • kaalchakra
    Apr 16, 2012 - 5:24AM

    Those who are not ashiq-e-rasool cannot understand how painful the possibility of a gusgaah-e-rasool live is, always has been, and always will be. Courts are faulty and corrupt and can let a guilty slip by. No one wants to see a man killed but sometimes a man has to do what he must.

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  • sha
    Apr 16, 2012 - 1:27PM

    @kaalchakra:
    @Haider A.:
    Shame for this molvi, no any religion GIVES permit to Kill other human in the sake of God.

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 11:13AM

    strong text
    Savage.

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