Boy, 10, killed in attempted blasphemy lynching in Pakistan

Source: The Guardian

Five other people wounded after mob attacked police station in bid to seize Hindu man accused of insulting Islam

Protest in Peshawar
A protest in Peshawar following the death by lynching of a journalism student in Mardan, Pakistan, last month. Photograph: Khuram Parvez/Reuters

A 10-year-old boy has been killed and five other people wounded after a mob attacked a police station in an attempt to lynch a Hindu man charged with blasphemy in south-west Pakistan, officials said. It was the third major vigilante attack linked to accusations of insulting Islam in less than a month, as law enforcement agencies struggle to deal with a surge in violence.

Thursday’s incident occurred in the town of Hub in the restive province of Balochistan following the arrest of Prakash Kumar, a 34-year-old member of the country’s Hindu religious minority. Kumar, a crockery shop owner, was detained on Tuesday for allegedly posting an incendiary image on social media.

“When news of his arrest was published in local newspapers on Thursday, a crowd of some 500 people, including traders, clerics and politicians, surrounded the town’s police station to demand he be handed over,” police official Abdul Sattar told Agence France-Presse.

When police refused, the mob turned on them, beating up officers and local government officials before firing guns. The 10-year-old boy died and five others were wounded in the melee, he added.

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2 replies

  1. These kinds of news are beginning to make Pakistan sound like the law of IGNORANCE prevails in that country!

    All this seems to have happened because the media published a report re that unfortunate Hindu man, allegedly posting something objectionable on social media about the Holy Prophet (saw).

    Don’t these people trust their own laws or the police? Why do they always want instant ‘justice’? Why are they so bloodthirsty and inhuman?

    Their attitude provokes nothing but disgust!!! And puts people off from Islam.

  2. The government of Pakistan is the party in killings of innocent people in the name of Blasphemy. Government has given free hand to mullah and their followers to kill in the name blasphemy without any proof.
    This is a crime against humanity but government machinery unable to control the killers.

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