Published On: Sun, Dec 23rd, 2012

Pakistan man beaten to death and set on fire by a mob for allegedly ‘desecrating Koran’

A mob in Pakistan stormed a police station and beat a Muslim man to death after accusations her desecrated

The man was not identified in Saturday’s BBC report, but it was stated by witnesses he was also “set alight” – set on fire.

Burnt pages of a Koran were found in a mosque north of Karachi where the man had been staying. This man was then handed over to authorities, police stated. Hours later a mob stormed the police station, seized and murdered the man.

The district police chief, Usman Ghani, told the BBC the gruesome incident was filmed on mobile phones. He said the footage was being reviewed to identify culprits.

One report begins with the headline: “Rural Pakistani Defends God by Murdering Blasphemer”

In his 30’s, the man traveled to the rural area, sought refuge and executed by 30 vigilantes before a crowd of “over a hundred” cheering and chanting.

“He offered Isha prayers (on Thursday) and spent the night here. When (worshippers) came to the mosque for Fajr prayers (on Friday morning), we found charred copies of the Holy Quran,” the village imam, or Muslim minister, told Reuters.

Nine suspected vigilantes were arrested shortly after the murder, and another 21 were detained later in the day during police raids, according to Pakistan’s Dawn news agency.

cover of a Quran  photo by crystalina  via wikimedia commons

cover of a Quran photo by crystalina via wikimedia commons


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