Punjab policeman arrested for killing man acquitted of blasphemy charges

Muhammad Waqas was hacked to death on Friday in district Sadiqabad


Reuters July 03, 2021
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LAHORE:

A Punjab police constable has been arrested over the murder of a man who was acquitted of blasphemy charges last year, a police spokesperson said.

Ahmed Nawaz told Reuters that Muhammad Waqas was hacked to death on Friday in district Sadiqabad of Punjab.

He said the suspect, a 21-year-old man who joined the force just months ago, told investigators he killed Waqas because "he had committed blasphemy".

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Waqas was charged in a blasphemy case in 2016. The Lahore High Court (LHC) overturned the conviction in 2020, and Waqas was released from prison.

"He remained underground for sometime even after his release and returned home a few weeks ago," the police spokesperson told Reuters.

In July 2020, Tahir Naseem, a US citizen of Pakistani origin, was gunned down and killed as he stood before a judge in Peshawar to answer blasphemy charges.

COMMENTS (1)

shahjahan | 4 months ago | Reply

Aren t these good reasons to abolish man made blasphemy law How many more innocents will be murdered before the Government stops using this law to appease the misled religious brigade The majority of Pakistanis do not understand Islam and have no knowledge of the Quran No wonder the world thinks that Pakistani lives are cheap and therefore worthless

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