Islamic Vigilantes Kill Man Exonerated of Blasphemy in Pakistan
Mohamed Imran was accused of blasphemy in 2009. He was jailed, tried and cleared of the charges. But in Pakistan, even accusations of insulting Islam can result in a death sentence. Not by the courts, mind you, but by Muslim vigilantes who adhere to a barbaric, medieval brand of Islam.
CNN reports that Imran, a hardscrabble farmer from just outside the capital city of Islamabad, allegedly said something derogatory about the prophet Mohammed. Even though he’d been acquitted in court, two gunmen located him and gunned him down as he sat talking to a friend in a shoe store.
“When I saw him lying there, I felt the blood leave my body, and that I was now alone,” his brother Ikram told CNN. Imran’s wife, although devastated by her loss, incredibly defended Pakistan’s blasphemy laws as necessary for the protection of the Islamic faith. “It was hard to tell whether she believed that or was speaking out of self-preservation,” CNN reported.
The extrajudicial killings of suspected blasphemers is a chilling reminder of the growing clout of Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan. According to CNN, there have been more than 30 such vigilante murders, including that of a pair of high-profile politicians: Punjab governor Salman Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian.
Here is the CNN report on the murder of Mohamed Imran:
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