Pakistan: 'Around 4,000-5,000 people' attack police, fail to grab blasphemy suspect -
Pakistan: 'Around 4,000-5,000 people' attack police, fail to grab blasphemy suspect
Posted 29 Nov 2021 03:10 PM

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A mob set on fire a police station and four police posts overnight in northwest Pakistan after officers refused to deliver a mentally unstable person accused of desecrating the Quran, the holy book of Islam, officials said on Monday. Asif Khan, a local police officer, confirmed that no officer was injured in the attacks in Charsadda, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. As a result, troops were called in to restore order. Social media users posted a video showing the burning police station. Police moved the detainee to another district after officers foiled the mob's attempt to lynch him. Asif Khan did not reveal the name of the suspect, saying officers were still investigating and the man was held a day ago. Khan claimed officers resisted initially but fled following the attack on police buildings by thousands of protesters. According to him, police avoided using force against demonstrators to prevent casualties. He added that things were normal in Charsadda on Monday, and law enforcement was trying to arrest suspects connected to the attacks. KP Law Minister Fazal Shakoor Khan, who is from Charsadda, told that the mob vandalised vehicles parked at the police station too. "The government will not allow anyone to take the law into their own hands," he said, adding: "The suspect who has been arrested will be proceeded against in accordance with the law." In Pakistan, blasphemy is punishable by death, and mere accusations can ignite mob violence. According to international and domestic rights groups, accusations of blasphemy are frequently used to intimidate minorities and settle personal scores.
Students at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, Pakistan, assaulted and killed another student Mohammad Mashal in 2017 for allegedly sharing blasphemous content on Facebook. In 2011, the Punjab governor in Islamabad was also killed after attempting to defend the Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who had been accused of blasphemy. Having spent eight years on death row, she was acquitted. Asia Bibi left Pakistan for Canada to be with her family after receiving death threats.

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