Burnt alive for blasphemy: President shocked over mob justice

No one should be allowed to take the law into their own hands no matter what the crime is, says Zardari.

Web Desk/pid July 05, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A day after reports emerged that hundreds of angry protestors had wrested a mentally unstable man from police custody before burning him in the town square for alleged blasphemy, President Asif Ali Zardari has taken notice, expressing profound grief and shock over the harrowing incident.

President Zardari said that no one should be allowed to take the law into their own hands no matter what the crime is. The President also directed the concerned to dispense justice according to the law in this case.

The President directed the Advisor for Interior Rehman Malik to conduct an inquiry into the incident and that the report be submitted to the Presidency immediately.

PM seeks report on incident

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has also taken notice of the incident and has sought a report from the concerned departments.

Burnt alive

Hundreds of people accused a ‘deranged’ man of sacrilege, mercilessly beat him and burnt him alive in southern Punjab, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place in Chanighot area of Bahawalpur on Tuesday evening. Residents saw a man allegedly throwing pages from the Holy Quran onto the street. Local police took him into custody and put him in the lockup.

The news spread - and soon a frenzied mob gathered outside the Chanighot police station baying for blood.

Police couldn’t stand up to the furious and violent crowd who got hold of the alleged blasphemer, described by one police official as deranged, and brutally tortured him.

Some officers fired tear gas canisters to disperse the mob – but the emotionally charged people refused to hand over the alleged blasphemer and instead turned against the police officers, according to Ghulam Mohiuddin Gujjar, the station house officer (SHO) of Chanighot police station.

Nine police officers, including SHO Gujjar and DSP Rana Naveed Mumtaz, were injured while trying – though unsuccessfully – to rescue the man.


Tashfeen A. Majid | 10 years ago | Reply

@asad: I agree with most of what you said, but you are absolutely wrong in saying that "We’ve let religion take over our minds to such an extent that we can’t differentiate between right and wrong."

Religion never preaches punishing someone without a proper trial, or someone getting punished without an appointed Qaazi's decision (that would be the court in our system today), let alone burning someone alive in front of Police. Don't blame stupidity of people on the religion, it has nothing to do with it.

These people are far from religion, they don't even know the ABC of Islaam, and you say that have taken religion to a greater extent. They wouldn't be doing this if they were acting upon the religion on a great extent.

These people are barbarians in the guise of Islaam. They think that Islaam is just limited to Namaaz, Roza, Hajj, and Jihaad (and their definition of Jihaad). Islaam is much more than that. Islaam, when followed properly, is the best way of life; nothing can be better than what Allah Subhana Wa Taala has chosen for us. And If we take it to a greater extent, then we can only be better, like Prophets and Angels, not animals like these angry mobs.

Please choose your words carefully next time.

Lupo | 10 years ago | Reply

Mob justice? More like injustice.

They killed an unarmed, mentally ill man.

They killed in the name of God. And yet they say he was crazy?

Pakistanis. Demonstrating daily how Islam is the 'religion of peace'.

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