The shooter has been arrested
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.
We extend our condolences to the family of Tahir Naseem, the American citizen who was killed today inside a courtroom in Pakistan. We urge Pakistan to take immediate action and pursue reforms that will prevent such a shameful tragedy from happening again.
— State_SCA (@State_SCA) July 30, 2020
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.
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.