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Peshawar man accused of blasphemy shot dead inside court

The shooter has been arrested

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jul 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

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A Peshawar man was shot dead during the hearing of a blasphemy case against him at a sessions court on Wednesday.

Tahir Ahmed Naseem, 47, a resident of Pishtakhara, appeared before the court of Judge Shaukatullah when a man barged in and opened fire on him.

He was a US citizen and the US State Department’s Twitter account for South Asia tweeted about the incident.

The 24-year-old shooter, Khalid, was arrested by the police on the spot. He is said to be a resident of Board Bazaar.

Related: Blasphemy case: For Ghotki’s Hindus there’s no coming back

Naseem was first arrested in April 2018 after a local accused him of blasphemy. A case had been registered against Naseem under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting Its religion or religious beliefs), 295-B (defiling of the Holy Quran), and 295-C (use of derogatory remarks against the Holy Prophet PBUH) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The body has been shifted to a hospital.

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