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Pakistani Policeman Kills Inmate with Axe for Alleged Blasphemy



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A Pakistani policeman killed a man in custody after the inmate allegedly made blasphemous comments, officials said on Thursday, days after a Christian couple accused of the same crime was killed.

Tufail Haidar was arrested in Gujrat, a city in Punjab, for making derogatory remarks about the companions of Prophet Mohammed.

He continued to make insulting comments, enraging assistant sub-inspector Faraz Naveed, according to Rana Shahid from the Civil Lines Police Station, where Haidar was detained.

Shadid said that the officer struck Haidar on the neck with an axe on Thursday, killing him.

However, police arrested Naveed.

Shadid said that the gruesome attack came two days after a Christian couple was first beaten and then burned to death near Lahore for alleged blasphemy.

Report says a charge of blasphemy is considered highly serious in Pakistan.

It added that an elderly British man with mental illness, sentenced to death for blasphemy, was shot by a prison guard in September and wounded.

Punjab Governor, Salman Taseer, was killed by his police guard in 2011 for allegedly criticizing the blasphemy laws which were introduced by military ruler Ziaul Haq in 1980s.

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  1. Tony

    November 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I deeply feel sorry for the lives that are lost around the world just because some insane individuals have decided to make themselves God. God is above all and does not need demented and possessed fools to go about killing and destroying in the name of fighting for God.

    There is no day you would check the news without hearing horrible things. One persons supposedly blasphems (according to you) and then you become a killer to rectify that?

    People should stop letting the devil use them in the name of religion. BH, ISIS/ISIL, Al Quaeda and other self imposed christian churches. God is Love and let Love lead.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    November 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Thank God i am a christian though….

  3. deb

    November 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Islam is the only religion in this world that fuels terrorism. Hinduism, Budihism, Ogun worship and the likes have not been heard of fuelling terrorism in recent times, Are we safe to say there are some teachings in islam that absolutely support this? Don’t tell me they are extremist, because I haven’t seen another group of islamic people publicly condemning and fighting Islamic terrorist gropus.

  4. abujakenneth

    November 7, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Why do these bigots help MOHAMMED this much. If their god be God let him fight for himself

  5. Fre

    November 7, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Give your god space to fight for himself (and you)

  6. UB40

    November 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Live & lets live, allow ur God to fight for himself. which kind wahala be this abeg, am totally fed-up with all the chaos and blood shed that this hate religion has caused in this world.

  7. jake ro

    November 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    What can I say about these people.simple education , they do not have.their exposure about the world they live In , they do not have .that is why muslims are at odds with the rest of of the world.if boko haram succeeds, they will wipe out modern education and institute islamic education that was practiced in the dark ages.i pity those lands that have tnem cos they may never know peace.

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