“A man with an intellectual disability, who had earlier been sentenced under a blasphemy charge but later acquitted due to his condition, was killed in Tando Adam.” Atta Muhammad Buriro was executed by two village men.
According to Amnesty International:
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are often used against religious minorities and others who are the target of false accusations, while emboldening vigilantes prepared to threaten or kill the accused, a new Amnesty International report says today.
Pakistan’s cruel blasphemy laws have been expanding to include social media; there is a global trend to impose the sharia principles of blasphemy upon all nations. Already, anyone who offends Islam in the West is subjected to punitive measures, ranging from threats and lawfare to full-blown jihadi attacks, such as the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists.
In March, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif “ordered that ‘blasphemous’ content on social media websites be removed or blocked and those posting such material be ‘strictly punished’.” By the end of that month, the Islamabad High court “issued a short order on a petition seeking elimination of blasphemous content from social media.” Then in May, a 13-year-old boy was killed in a Pakistani city when a major riot broke out as a mob hunted down a 35-year-old Hindu man who was arrested for allegedly sending blasphemous content over WhatsApp.
Meanwhile, Muslim nations have been pushing for international blasphemy laws “that would criminalize religious defamation.” Since 1999, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation “has sought to include the issue of religious defamation in UN Human Rights Council resolutions,” and has been driving an “anti-Islamophobia” agenda to that purpose.
A man with an intellectual disability, who had earlier been sentenced under a blasphemy charge but later acquitted due to his condition, was killed in Tando Adam on Friday, police said.
The 32-year-old, Atta Mohammad Buriro, was shot dead in the Kamal Buriro village near Tando Adam town.
Later in the evening, two attackers surrendered themselves to police and confessed to having killed Atta Mohammad “because he had committed blasphemy”.
A police official confirmed the arrest of the two self-proclaimed killers, but told local reporters that they were investigating the murder from different angles.
Sharing details of the incident, the official said that the victim, who had only recently been released from captivity, had been bathing at an irrigation watercourse when two pillion riders shot at him, killing him on the spot.
His body had been handed over to relatives after a postmortem examination.
Talking to media persons, SSP Dr Farrukh Lanjhar said the victim was under the trial of blasphemy charges and was released on a bail in the light of a medical report which declared him intellectual disable.
The slain individual, according to police officials, had been booked under Section 295 C on Nov 28, 2012, on the complaint of a local lawyer, Altaf Hussain Junejo…..