An Ahmedi accused of insulting Islam gunned down in Peshawar Judicial Complex


PESHAWAR, July 29: An assailant killed an accused in the court premises during the hearing of a blasphemy case at the Peshawar Judicial Complex on Wednesday.

According to a eye witness that a case had been registered against the deceased Tahir Shamim Ahmad under blasphemy laws in 2018. The accused was brought to court from Peshawar Central Jail. During the hearing of the case, the complainant said that the accused was an Ahmadi and asked him to recite the Kalima-e-Tayyaba. In the mean time the complainant then fired at the accused and killed him.

The judicial complex is situated in a high-security zone on the main Khyber Road in the cantonment area where the provincial assembly building, the Peshawar High Court, chief minister’s secretariat and Governor House are also situated. Security at the main gate and inside the judicial complex is also high.

Peshawar Capital City Police Officer Mohammad Ali Gandapur visited the courtroom where the man was killed. Gandapur said the shooter was arrested on the spot, adding that the weapon has also been recovered.

Police shifted the body of the deceased, a resident of Board Bazaar, to the Khyber Medical University for post-mortem.

Police said a first information report (FIR) had been registered against the deceased in 2018. According to the FIR, the complainant alleged that the deceased belong to the Ahmadi community and “befriended him on Facebook” and in subsequent conversations, claimed that he was the “fourteenth Mujaddid”.

“He then invited me to have a discussion with him at a mall in the city where he started talking about his belief,” the complainant said in the FIR, going on to make more allegations.

The deceased was charged under Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), Section 295-B (defiling etc. of the Holy Quran), Section 295-C (use of derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad PBUH) and Section 298 (uttering words etc., with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

According to another eyewitness that a young man walked into a courtroom in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday and shot and killed a accused who was on trial for blasphemy.

It was not immediately clear how the assailant managed to get into the court amid tight security. The attacker was subsequently arrested.

A police officer officer told that the man on trial, Tahir Shamim Ahmad was arrested two years ago on blasphemy charges, according to Azmat Khan, Ahmad died before he could be transported to hospital.

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