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Cars, which were torched by an angry mob, are seen in front of a damaged police station in Mandani, an area of Charsadda district, Pakistan, Nov. 29, 2021.

ISLAMABAD —
Authorities in northwestern Pakistan said Monday they had arrested around 30 people in connection with an overnight mob assault on a police station aimed at grabbing and lynching a mentally unstable detainee accused of insulting Islam.

Witnesses and police said thousands of protesters stormed the police station in Charsadda, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Sunday evening and burned the facility along with several nearby security outposts after police refused to hand over the blasphemy suspect.

The mob attack forced police officers to abandon the installation and flee to safety along with the detainee, district police chief Asif Bahadur Khan told reporters Monday.

A video circulating on social media showed the police station burning.

The alleged blasphemer was taken into police custody earlier in the day on charges he desecrated Islam’s holy book, the Quran. Khan said an investigation was underway into the charges against the detainee, but he declined to share further details.

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Police officers control an angry crowd protesting against a mentally unstable man accused of blasphemy, in Mandani, an area of Charsadda district, Pakistan, Nov. 29, 2021.


Residents said tension was still high in the Pakistani district amid heavy police deployment to deter further unrest. Khan said they had also engaged local Islamic clerics to help defuse the tension and urge demonstrators to let the law decide the fate of the alleged blasphemer.

Insulting Islam or its Prophet Mohammad carries the death penalty in Pakistan, where mere blasphemy allegations often provoke mob violence and lynching of suspects.

In 2017, a mob of students at a university in Mardan district, next to Charsadda, attacked and killed a fellow student, Mohammad Mashal, after accusing him of sharing blasphemous content on Facebook.

Critics of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws say accusations of insulting Islam are often used to intimidate religious minorities and settle personal scores in the pre-dominantly Muslim country.

Earlier this month the United States designated Pakistan, along with nine other countries, as violators of religious freedom, saying they have “engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom.”

The U.S. secretary of state compiles a list of such countries each year. Other countries listed this year are Russia, China, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Eritrea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Pakistan rejected the U.S. designation as “arbitrary” and the outcome of a “selective assessment”, saying it was against the realities on the ground and raised “serious doubts about the credibility” of the exercise “Such subjective designations do not contribute towards promoting the cause of religious freedom world-wide,” it added.


Yep and Muslims preach they are so "peace loving".
 

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I'm defending something, but I don't know what something is.

As usual.

It's happened everywhere around the globe.
 

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Cars, which were torched by an angry mob, are seen in front of a damaged police station in Mandani, an area of Charsadda district, Pakistan, Nov. 29, 2021.

ISLAMABAD —
Authorities in northwestern Pakistan said Monday they had arrested around 30 people in connection with an overnight mob assault on a police station aimed at grabbing and lynching a mentally unstable detainee accused of insulting Islam.

Witnesses and police said thousands of protesters stormed the police station in Charsadda, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Sunday evening and burned the facility along with several nearby security outposts after police refused to hand over the blasphemy suspect.

The mob attack forced police officers to abandon the installation and flee to safety along with the detainee, district police chief Asif Bahadur Khan told reporters Monday.

A video circulating on social media showed the police station burning.

The alleged blasphemer was taken into police custody earlier in the day on charges he desecrated Islam’s holy book, the Quran. Khan said an investigation was underway into the charges against the detainee, but he declined to share further details.

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Police officers control an angry crowd protesting against a mentally unstable man accused of blasphemy, in Mandani, an area of Charsadda district, Pakistan, Nov. 29, 2021.


Residents said tension was still high in the Pakistani district amid heavy police deployment to deter further unrest. Khan said they had also engaged local Islamic clerics to help defuse the tension and urge demonstrators to let the law decide the fate of the alleged blasphemer.

Insulting Islam or its Prophet Mohammad carries the death penalty in Pakistan, where mere blasphemy allegations often provoke mob violence and lynching of suspects.

In 2017, a mob of students at a university in Mardan district, next to Charsadda, attacked and killed a fellow student, Mohammad Mashal, after accusing him of sharing blasphemous content on Facebook.

Critics of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws say accusations of insulting Islam are often used to intimidate religious minorities and settle personal scores in the pre-dominantly Muslim country.

Earlier this month the United States designated Pakistan, along with nine other countries, as violators of religious freedom, saying they have “engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom.”

The U.S. secretary of state compiles a list of such countries each year. Other countries listed this year are Russia, China, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Eritrea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Pakistan rejected the U.S. designation as “arbitrary” and the outcome of a “selective assessment”, saying it was against the realities on the ground and raised “serious doubts about the credibility” of the exercise “Such subjective designations do not contribute towards promoting the cause of religious freedom world-wide,” it added.


Yep and Muslims preach they are so "peace loving".
Unfortunate incident. I personally think the Police should have opened fire on the crowd. The writ of the land must be ensured. But the police do not get paid enough to do what is right. Atvleast some punitive action should be taken against the Police officers.
As to the whole blasphemy debate, while not disagreeing with the law of the land I think clear distinction should be made whether:
A. The blasphemy was provoked or unprovoked.
B. The said person was of sound mind or not.
C. Influence of Alcohol/ other drugs should be taken into consideration although wilfull intake is not an excuse per se. Unfortinately with the general corruption in the land people have lost faith in the judicial system and want quick justice even at the expense of taking the law into your own hands. They do not realize that killing an innocent man is worse than protecting the Namoos of Rasool Allah SAW.
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mentally unstable detainee accused of insulting Islam
As usual a simple solution!
These all three governments failed to stop such elements. Hence cases increased.

United States designated Pakistan, along with nine other countries, as violators of religious freedom
Yep and Muslims preach they are so "peace loving".

Yes, There is no doubt!
Those who save his life were Muslims. Aren't they?
 

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Thank you Jinna for Pakistan. How many cases are not highlighted God knows ,there are so many cases being reported in a week's time.
 

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Unfortunate incident. I personally think the Police should have opened fire on the crowd. The writ of the land must be ensured. But the police do not get paid enough to do what is right. Atvleast some punitive action should be taken against the Police officers.
As to the whole blasphemy debate, while not disagreeing with the law of the land I think clear distinction should be made whether:
A. The blasphemy was provoked or unprovoked.
B. The said person was of sound mind or not.
C. Influence of Alcohol/ other drugs should be taken into consideration although wilfull intake is not an excuse per se. Unfortinately with the general corruption in the land people have lost faith in the judicial system and want quick justice even at the expense of taking the law into your own hands. They do not realize that killing an innocent man is worse than protecting the Namoos of Rasool Allah SAW.
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Stop boiling your blood its best time to pack the bags and move our families from this hell hole , i never want to see my love one to burn alive by these unislamic morons , this country belongs to mulla and military and they will do anything to establish there hegemony on this land
 

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easy solution

get a AH-1 Cobra and use the chain gun to wipe all these rioters out once in for all

they have tarnished Pakistans international image

bunch of animals
 

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A. The blasphemy was provoked or unprovoked.
B. The said person was of sound mind or not.
C. Influence of Alcohol/ other drugs should be taken into consideration although wilfull intake is not an excuse per se.
Ok then let's say the blasphemy was unprovoked, the person was of sound mind and he wasn't drunk, does he deserve to be killed or not?
 

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Ok then let's say the blasphemy was unprovoked, the person was of sound mind and he wasn't drunk, does he deserve to be killed or not?

Doesn't Quran say

"Walk away if you find them disrespecting Quran's verses, if Satan makes you forget this and you stay there then walk away as soon as you remember ..........."

What other proof do we neeed?


Didn't Mohammad Peace be upon him forgive the killers of his uncle Hamza?


What more do we need to understand and accept the tolerance practiced and preached?
 

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Ok then let's say the blasphemy was unprovoked, the person was of sound mind and he wasn't drunk, does he deserve to be killed or not?
The land says YES. Islam says YES. If you want to argue go fight it in the Supreme court of PAKISTAN and also in front of your creator.
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Stop boiling your blood its best time to pack the bags and move our families from this hell hole , i never want to see my love one to burn alive by these unislamic morons , this country belongs to mulla and military and they will do anything to establish there hegemony on this land
there are reported whatsapp groups running to praise and support sialkot killers
their plan is to allow the arrests without resistance and wait till general public is paying attention
once the killers are produced in front of courts then bully police judges and lawyers with dire consequences and provide full legal and monetary support to accused.
wait and then get them all freed.
 

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