Fwd: ‘Shameful tragedy’: U.S. to Pak after Man was killed in court during blasphemy case

*On Wednesday, Tahir Ahmad Naseem, from the minority Ahmadi religion, was shot dead at a Peshawar courtroom. He was on trial for blasphemy, allegedly claiming to be a prophet.* Describing the killing of an American citizen in the courtroom of Pakistan as a “shameful tragedy,” the U.S. State Department has called on Islamabad to take urgent steps and carry out measures to put an end to these incidents, ANI reported. Tahir Ahmad Naseem, from the minority Ahmadi community, was shot dead in a courtroom in Peshawar on Wednesday. He was on trial for blasphemy for allegedly claiming to be a prophet. “Condolences to the family of Tahir Naseem, an American citizen, who was killed today inside a courtroom in Pakistan.” We urge Pak to take immediate action and pursue reforms that will prevent such a shameful tragedy from happening again,” tweeted Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs, US State Department. After his arrest in 2018, Tahir Ahmed Naseem has been in jail reportedly after saying that he was a prophet. He is a member of the Ahmedi sect which is being persecuted in Pakistan where they have been declared officially non-Muslims. The shooting took place next to the Peshawar high court, at a high-security building, The Guardian reported. “I was sitting on my seat in the office around 11.30 when I heard the firing,” said Saeed Zaher, a lawyer, who rushed to the site of the attack, and said the victim appeared to have been shot once in the head. “The killer was caught by the police and the body was lying on a bench within the courtroom.” Members of the public are allowed to observe trials, but for his attacker to smuggle in a weapon represents a serious security breach. “A person entering with a pistol and murdering someone within a courtroom is very disturbing,” Zaher added. Footage circulating on social media appeared to show the alleged killer, sitting barefoot on a bench under police guard, claiming he had been ordered in a dream to kill Naseem. He also attacked judges who hear blasphemy cases. Blasphemy is a highly sensitive crime in Pakistan, a criminal offense capable of carrying the death penalty, and often used to settle personal scores, which has become exceedingly difficult for the justice system to deal with. According to research collected by the Pakistani think-tank Center for Research and Security Studies, vigilantes have been accused of murdering 65 persons linked to blasphemy since 1990.
There was no Government comment, a silence that was damning said by veteran activist Ibn Abdur Rehman.

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*On Wednesday, Tahir Ahmad Naseem, from the minority Ahmadi religion, was shot dead at a Peshawar courtroom. He was on trial for blasphemy, allegedly claiming to be a prophet.* Describing the killing of an American citizen in the courtroom of Pakistan as a “shameful tragedy,” the U.S. State Department has called on Islamabad to take urgent steps and carry out measures to put an end to these incidents, ANI reported. Tahir Ahmad Naseem, from the minority Ahmadi community, was shot dead in a courtroom in Peshawar on Wednesday. He was on trial for blasphemy for allegedly claiming to be a prophet. “Condolences to the family of Tahir Naseem, an American citizen, who was killed today inside a courtroom in Pakistan.” We urge Pak to take immediate action and pursue reforms that will prevent such a shameful tragedy from happening again,” tweeted Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs, US State Department. After his arrest in 2018, Tahir Ahmed Naseem has been in jail reportedly after saying that he was a prophet. He is a member of the Ahmedi sect which is being persecuted in Pakistan where they have been declared officially non-Muslims. The shooting took place next to the Peshawar high court, at a high-security building, The Guardian reported. “I was sitting on my seat in the office around 11.30 when I heard the firing,” said Saeed Zaher, a lawyer, who rushed to the site of the attack, and said the victim appeared to have been shot once in the head. “The killer was caught by the police and the body was lying on a bench within the courtroom.” Members of the public are allowed to observe trials, but for his attacker to smuggle in a weapon represents a serious security breach. “A person entering with a pistol and murdering someone within a courtroom is very disturbing,” Zaher added. Footage circulating on social media appeared to show the alleged killer, sitting barefoot on a bench under police guard, claiming he had been ordered in a dream to kill Naseem. He also attacked judges who hear blasphemy cases. Blasphemy is a highly sensitive crime in Pakistan, a criminal offense capable of carrying the death penalty, and often used to settle personal scores, which has become exceedingly difficult for the justice system to deal with. According to research collected by the Pakistani think-tank Center for Research and Security Studies, vigilantes have been accused of murdering 65 persons linked to blasphemy since 1990.
There was no Government comment, a silence that was damning said by veteran activist Ibn Abdur Rehman.

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