» 07/16/2012, 00.00
Christians condemn the killing of Muslim man for blasphemy in Punjab
Some 3,000 people, mostly madrassa students, set fire to Ghulam Abbas for ripping some pages of the Qur'an. The victim was mentally disabled. The silence of the authorities and police is upsetting, Christian activist says.
Lahore (AsiaNews) - Pakistani Christians have condemned the silence of Punjab's provincial government over the death
of Ghulam Abbas, a disabled Muslim man who was burnt alive by a mob of 3,000
people for blasphemy.
"It is upsetting that police did not arrest anyone even though a First Information
Report (FIR) has been filed against the attackers," Christian social activist Safraz
the victim, a homeless man in his forties, for questioning in Ghani Gnot (southern
Punjab) after he ripped some pages of the Qur'an.
about the incident made the round of the region's mosques, a mob of 3,000
people gathered in front of the police station, demanding he be put to death.
mostly students from local madrassas, eventually turned violent and stormed the
station, injuring seven police agents. Several police vehicles were also set on
grabbed the prisoner, they dragged him outside, beat him to a pulp and then set
him on fire.
note that the blasphemy law has become a licence to kill since a simple
accusation of insulting the Qur'an or the Prophet Muhammad is enough to become
the victim of fundamentalists.
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