Blasphemy accused severely beaten by infuriated mob

Published: July 2, 2012

Faryad, the accused, is now in police custody.

FAISALABAD: Mob rule trumped the law on Sunday, when an infuriated crowd severely beat a man accused of blasphemy, within the jurisdiction of the Ghulam Muhammad Abad police station.

According to the police, Faryad was being beaten by the mob when the police reached the spot and rescued him from the wrath of the crowd.

According to the police, Faryad allegedly committed some blasphemous acts over which the residents of Marzi Pura caught him and severely thrashed and tortured him.

Receiving information, the police reached the spot and rescued the accused from the mob, which staged a demonstration and blocked the road causing a massive traffic jam.

They chanted slogans and demanded punishment for Faryad.

When Gulberg DSP Chaudhry Ashiq Jatt and Lyalpur Town SP Zahid Mehmood Gondal reached the spot, they pacified the protesters by telling them action would be taken against the accused in accordance with the law.

After this, the police registered an FIR on the complaint of Abdus Sattar, a resident of Marzipura, and started an investigation. The complainant is an activist of Tehreek Dawat-e-Islami and runs a hotel in the same locality.

Sattar told The Express Tribune that the accused is a resident of Marzi Pura and has run a power loom repair shop in the area for 15 years. He added that “in the presence of one Muhammad Ashraf, Faryad uttered derogatory remarks against the Holy Prophet (pbuh).”

According to Sattar, Faryad repeatedly made these remarks, and was reprimanded and asked not to commit blasphemy but “he refused to accept such warnings”.

“Due to this indecent and blasphemous utterance and adamance of the accused, we decided to teach him a lesson and thrash him,” Sattar added.

Faryad, 45, is married and has five children. The residents of the area said he was mentally sound and that he had always called himself a Muslim.

DSP Jatt said, “The accused conceded that he committed blasphemy during an initial interrogation in police custody.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • faraz
    Jul 2, 2012 - 10:18AM

    Not surprising in a country where a murderer Mumtaz Qadri is national hero

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  • raja
    Jul 2, 2012 - 10:42AM

    How he can be sane he is committing suside along with destroying his children future

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  • QASIM
    Jul 2, 2012 - 3:09PM

    if accuser are wrong then their shoulde be bigger punishnment for them.looks like the socity is reaching to its new lows in traveling towards the old Ayyams>days>

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  • Aditya Randhawa
    Jul 2, 2012 - 3:38PM

    But how does this matters to others who tortured him???????????

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  • Cautious
    Jul 2, 2012 - 6:07PM

    Religion gone mad — what amazes me is that there is no outcry from your religious leaders when these events happen which is anecdotal evidence that they approve. Recommend

  • Hassam
    Jul 2, 2012 - 7:44PM

    The guy has been charged, has confessed and may well be punished according to the law; but i wonder, can he not at the very least submit an FIR against these men for physical assault? Surely that is against the law too.

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  • Salma Khan
    Jul 2, 2012 - 8:18PM

    The guy has confessed! I can bet he will NOT be punished by the courts. Liberals and Secular Activists will claim this is a false case registered against him.

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  • Ilyad
    Jul 2, 2012 - 9:07PM

    What about action against people who took law into their own hands? is there any rule of law in this land.

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  • Jen06
    Jul 2, 2012 - 9:14PM

    Just another day in Pakistan. Why are most of their signs written in English?

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  • Lauren
    Jul 3, 2012 - 1:47AM

    I don’t understand why muslims believe that they have to get violent when they feel that their “prophet” has been insulted. Would the “prophet” do the same for them? DOUBT IT!

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  • Kali P.
    Jul 3, 2012 - 7:58AM

    Another episode after which scientific-minded and sane Muslims must ask themselves, why am I following Islam?

    Time for an awakening, Pakistan!

    Toss off this sick Arab cult!

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  • Abid Habib
    Jul 9, 2012 - 4:51PM

    O Lord our God! Come to our Aid and show us a way to get out of this religious mess where people are out to kill each other. Open the minds and hearts of everyone. Let us come to know your will. Let all Pakistanis be inspired by you and come to know that You are Almighty, Every Loving, All Good, Supreme Good, Total Good, All Forgiving and all Merciful that learning from you, let us come out of this madness and learn your loving ways, learn to be good, to be forgiving and be patient, kind and merciful as You are. Amen

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