According to authorities, a crowd in central Pakistan murdered a man for reputedly having burnt pages of the Quran, in the country’s latest episode of blasphemy-related violence.
The custodian of a local mosque said he saw the man burning the Muslim holy book inside the mosque Saturday evening and told others before informing police, according to police spokesman Chaudhry Imran. The violence took place in a village in the district of Khanewal in Punjab province.
More than 80 individuals have been detained, according to police, in connection with the death that occurred on Saturday in the Khanewal area of Punjab province.
According to reports, the individual was in police custody before being seized by a mob.
His remains was returned to his family, and he was laid to rest on Sunday.
Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, said the case will be “treated with the full extent of the laws” and requested a report on police personnel accused of failing to save the victim.
He said that his administration had “zero tolerance” for anyone who “took the law into their own hands.”
Munawar Hussain, a police spokesman, said police came to discover the victim, who was in his 40s, unconscious and bound to a tree. Khanewal is 275 kilometres (170 miles) south of Lahore.
Mr Hussain said the Reuters news agency that locals armed with batons, axes, and iron rods murdered him and hanged his body from a tree.
Munawar Gujjar, the chief of the Tulamba police station where the incident occurred, told the Associated Press that the victim was identified as Mushtaq Ahmed, 41, of a nearby village. had been “mentally unstable for the last 15 years.”
A Sri Lankan manufacturing manager was beaten to death and set fire by a mob for blasphemy barely over two months ago in Sialcot City, located in another part of the Punjab region.
Anyone who criticises Islam in Pakistan faces the death penalty, but opponents claim the rules have been exploited to oppress minority faiths and unfairly target minorities.
According to human rights organisations, the rules have been utilised to settle personal scores in situations that appear to have little or nothing to do with religion.