Monday, 1 December 2014

Pakistan 'blasphemy' murders continue



The murder of a Christian couple on Tuesday for allegedly desecrating the Koran has highlighted the sensitivity of the issue in Pakistan.Critics argue that blasphemy laws are often misused to settle personal scores and unfairly target minorities.
The father of the murdered woman told the BBC she had really been killed over a wages dispute. Lynched by thousands and hit with bricks and after burned alive!


Earlier the week Pakistan police officer kills 'blasphemer' with axe
A Pakistani policeman has been arrested after allegedly killing a man with an axe because he suspected him of committing blasphemy. Police say Faraz Naveed struck the victim, Tufail Naqvi, on the neck and head after the latter was arrested during a street fight on Wednesday.The victim is reported to have had a history of mental instability.

His death comes after a Christian couple were killed by a mob on Tuesday for allegedly desecrating the Koran. Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan and critics argue that blasphemy laws are often misused to settle personal scores and unfairly target minorities.

Mohammad Amir, head of Gujrat city's Civil Lines police station, told BBC Urdu that Mr Naveed had been arrested for the killing. He added that Mr Naqvi, a Shia Muslim, "was not of a sound mind and would hurl abuses at any one". There was some evidence, Mr Amir said, that he had spent time in a mental asylum.

The victim, a resident of Jhang city, was supposedly in Gujrat in Punjab province to gain admittance to a Shia religious school. He reportedly blasphemed against companions of the Prophet Muhammad while in the police station. As Mr Naqvi was killed in police custody, a special board will perform the post mortem.

Tuesday's killings also occurred in the Punjab, the country's most populous province. The female victim, a pregnant mother-of-four, was beaten by a mob along with her husband and burned to death in a brick kiln. Her father told she had really been killed over a wages dispute.

Critics of the laws say they are often used to settle personal grievances. Muslims constitute a majority of those prosecuted, followed by minority Ahmadis. writes BBC while not even mentioning Christians Hindus and others as seen on the list we at SDR compiled for this report.

The religions in Pakistan:
- Sunni Muslim: 80-95%
- Shia Muslim: 5-20%
- Hindus: 1.85% (in the census split into "Hindu" and "Scheduled castes") (3,300,000)
- Christians: 1.59% 2,800,000)
- Bahá'ís: 40,000 to 79,000
- Sikhs: 20,000
- Zoroastrian/Parsis: 1,600 to 20,000
- Qadiani/Ahmadi: 0.22%
- Kalash:3,000
- Sufi.
- Ahmadiyya: Said to be 4 million 
- Jainism: Used to be found but are now all extinct….
- Buddhism: Maybe maximum 1.500 left
- Judaism: ? Non to be found today however there where many on Pakistan before the independence 1947
- Atheists: No number known due to the fact that its illegal to leave Islam.





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