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Three sisters kill man booked for blasphemy in Sialkot

Updated Apr 20, 2017 08:37am

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SIALKOT: Three armed burqa-clad sisters on Wednesday shot dead a man near Sialkot after accusing him of committing blasphemy 13 years ago.

Police managed to arrest the three suspects and identified them as Amna, Afshan and Razia.

The incident took place in Nangal Mirza village, Pasrur tehsil.

According to the police, the three women went to the house of Mazhar Hussain Syed, a faith healer, and asked him to pray for them. They also asked him if his son, Fazal Abbas, had returned from abroad. When told that he had returned from Belgium, they asked if they could see him. As soon as Abbas, 45, appeared before the women, they opened fire on him with the weapons they had brought with them secretly. Abbas died on the spot.

The women raised slogans in jubilation after his death, asserting that they had finally eliminated a blasphemer.

The women, in their statement to police, alleged that Abbas had committed blasphemy in 2004, but “we couldn’t kill him at the time because we were too young then”.

The police confirmed that they had registered a case against Abbas in 2004 under Section 295-C (use of derogatory remarks, etc., in respect of the Holy Prophet) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Pasrur City station, but he fled abroad soon after.

The suspect had recently returned from abroad and promptly obtained pre-arrest bail from a local court.

The body was taken to the Pasrur Civil Hospital for autopsy.

Published in Dawn, April 20th, 2017

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Ahmad Apr 20, 2017 08:03am

What a country! Intense radicalization has seeped in masses and we remain in denial mode.

Muhammad Apr 20, 2017 08:08am

This blasphemy issue is getting out of control. Government needs to deal with this with a comprehensive approach before it's too late..or is it too late already ??

sdfa Apr 20, 2017 08:18am

Here goes another victim of vigilante justice. The women need to be given exemplary punishment.

maung lat Apr 20, 2017 08:23am

Your Comment.this blasphemy issue is getting out of hand and is becoming a tool in a hand of would be murderer.

Moksha Apr 20, 2017 08:24am

Where is humanity going?

perplexed Apr 20, 2017 08:37am

Very strange story from all the angles. Need more investigation.

JKhan Apr 20, 2017 09:02am

I don't believe this concocted story by these women. The dead man must have molested these women in their childhood. This is their revenge. Mashal's murder perhaps is a factor. But this must be investigated and true circumstances be brought out. Remember this is Punjab and anything​ is possible with this Police.

Balakrishnan Apr 20, 2017 09:23am

Badly motivated lot on religious extremism. Very bad for the society and people committing such heinous crime taking proud of it. Repeal the law and mass counselling is the solution.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Apr 20, 2017 09:44am

What to comment and how to comment? Now Pakistan women who are considered as weak and timid have turned as murderer must be mind boggling to be honest. My question is that since a case was registered against him then why he was not arrested and sent to jail but ever since court granted him bail, women came up with an answer to kill him. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi.formerdiplomat@hotmail.com

Wake UP PakistanIS & MAKE PAKISTAN GREAT Apr 20, 2017 09:50am

When will this stop?

Zak Apr 20, 2017 09:58am

These 3 should be tried and sentenced quickly to send message to those who take killing into their hands. This blashphamy law should be removed . It is being misused and encouraging vigilantism.

rashid Apr 20, 2017 10:13am

Many things do not add up. Why would some one wait for thirteen years to seek vengeance? Who supplied weapons to these three females? How did they learn of the return of the victim from overseas so quickly?

i2i Apr 20, 2017 10:50am

Hard to digest this story

AZ Apr 20, 2017 11:06am

Severe punishments need to be put in place via new Laws for those falsely testifying & killing innocent people in the name of blasphemy....otherwise it will go on & ppl will keep dying....Mashal's case should be made exemplary for ppl to follow

Jamil Apr 20, 2017 11:07am

@Zak it's not the law it's the people who needs to be educated about it. Very simple the misusers of the law should get same punishments as the blasphemer.

Btw these vigilantes need to.be.told.its a law meaning go to court. Let the judges decide you don't be the judge.

Ahmed Apr 20, 2017 11:18am

There will be many in our society who will come forward to justify this killing. look at the intolerance and where are we going.

Irfan_M Apr 20, 2017 11:25am

An FIR was registered against him for blasphemy.

zeeshan Apr 20, 2017 11:37am

If violence is your default response to an honest question, you probably have a weak case.

abbottonian 43 Apr 20, 2017 11:38am

Not only review of Law is required, the education to masses is also a sine qua non to get out this messy catch 22 situation.

Ashish Apr 20, 2017 11:43am

very very shocking. We need find the root cause. Be it India or Pakistan or any other part, this attitude gradually move the society to stone age. Civilised people need to come forward. We want roti, kapda and Mkan. Time has come to push religion to a corner. Social religion is more important than personal religion.

RAja raman Apr 20, 2017 11:57am

@Zak , For Once, I agree with you.

Jitendra Apr 20, 2017 12:05pm

@Balakrishnan - Religion's original purpose is, in fact, mass counseling and therapy. But looks like it has gone in to wrong hands.

Sun Tzu Apr 20, 2017 12:06pm

Those three girls must be charged for cold blooded murder. Were the three girls working as judge, jury and executioners too. What happened to having a fair trial before a learned judge?

imdadali Apr 20, 2017 12:30pm

when case was got registered against accused then it would have been in the domain of court for decision.

BABU Apr 20, 2017 12:35pm

@Zak For once, I do agree with you.

ANWAR Apr 20, 2017 12:48pm

Abbas must be arrested before this incident happen. Why do these people insult our beloved Holy Prophet SAW at first and liberals are getting out of control and not ready to correct themselves.

m m amin (old ravian ) Apr 20, 2017 01:06pm

Where are we headed? Is there any chance of Reformation of Criminal Justice System to stop people from taking law in their own hands ?

KAJ Apr 20, 2017 01:07pm

Give them severe punishment

Zealot Apr 20, 2017 01:13pm

@KAJ Why?

SohaiL Apr 20, 2017 01:41pm

The law protected the accused, granted bail, allowed him to flee abroad and blocked the rightful punishment.
The law was not implemented and people dispensed justice on their own. If the courts and authorities had done their job, this wouldn't have happened.

Mohammed Sattar Apr 20, 2017 01:46pm

Now they can spend the rest of their lives in jail reflecting on what they have done.

The end is near Apr 20, 2017 01:49pm

Let the severe punishment fit the heinous crime.

Rais hasan zaidi Apr 20, 2017 01:58pm

@ANWAR !deciesed was maybe blasphemour or not if court decided without giving him bail then the situation may be different.

Nasir London Apr 20, 2017 01:58pm

Sickening, I am tired of reading blasphemy merciless killings in Pakistan - Land of the Pure. I am lost for words. Someone commented here, "where is humanty going". Wrong, the real question is where is Pakistan going. Please someone guide me with some comforting words, I am going insane. Thank you someone.

adventurer Apr 20, 2017 02:04pm

People with such mentality and fanaticism is dangerous. It seems to be spreading unhindered without any fear. Looks as if the system supports it.

SAM Apr 20, 2017 02:33pm

@Zak Totally endorse you

Joe Apr 20, 2017 03:06pm

"The suspect had recently returned from abroad and promptly obtained pre-arrest bail from a local court." How can you say he was a suspect? Women have been brainwashed to this limits.Just imagine if they become mothers ,what kind do of brainwashing they would be able to do to their children.

AQ Apr 20, 2017 03:08pm

The suspect had recently returned from abroad and promptly obtained pre-arrest bail from a local court.

This shouldn't happen. They should not have killed the man neither court should grant bail, court duty is to provide justice not bails.

SYED HASSAN HASEEB Apr 20, 2017 03:08pm

crazy , atleast these womens should be punished .

sohail Apr 20, 2017 03:13pm

God knows the best!

kaspar! Apr 20, 2017 03:15pm

@JKhan If there is some other motive behind the murder, then all the more reason for revisiting the blasphemy law!

P K THAKUR Apr 20, 2017 03:22pm

No groups or individuals has liberty to take laws in their hands.Only State have power to enforce rules and award punishments through proper procedure as established by law.Rationality of any law as well as punishments for a particular crime as established by laws can be debatable or can be amended or scrapped.But it is only State which can enforce amend or remove any law with due process.The State of Pakistan should strongly deal with these gangs who has became rouge.

Aftab Apr 20, 2017 03:23pm

Our citizens are killing each other and justifying this under blasphemy. Radicalizing is complete and inhuman.

Kabilan Apr 20, 2017 03:32pm

Very Strange and fishy. Cover up for murder in the name of blasphemy ? Hard to believe that these girls kill him for a thing which he has done 13 years before !

Mubashar Nasir Apr 20, 2017 03:40pm

An other case of taking the law into individual's hands and killing a person for blasphemy allegations. It is a pity that the case was registered with the police, but, no judgement given in the last 13 years in Punjab province. Where the nation going to ?

Angry Man Apr 20, 2017 03:50pm

@JKhan : So you have arrived on your own at such an absurd conclusion as to what happened to these women in the childhood.

Angry Man Apr 20, 2017 03:51pm

@Ashish : From where does India come in this?

akram Apr 20, 2017 03:58pm

this is plain murder, a pre-planned event to kill someone. They should all punished.

twonation Apr 20, 2017 04:03pm

@ANWAR he was granted bail may be because charges were not proved. Why interefer the legal proceedings?

twonation Apr 20, 2017 04:06pm

@SohaiL why will law punish if charges are not proven. Law checks evidence not allegations.

Neil Apr 20, 2017 04:06pm

Draconion law and all blinded people --who think they can act like GOD. fools of highest order.

M. Siddique Apr 20, 2017 04:08pm

This is the very reason the law should be abrogated and those who take the law in their hand must be punished severely.

kkl Apr 20, 2017 04:14pm

People taking out personal rivalries in the guise of Blasphemy...

SYed ANJum ali Apr 20, 2017 04:21pm

Shame. Once again mullah-oriented persons (women in thus case) have taken law into their own hands making a mockery of the entire state apparatus. Enough us enough. It us high time all these so called religious parties and supporters were banned and strictly punished.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 20, 2017 04:38pm

What a great tragedy?

Syed Zafar kazmi u.s.a Apr 20, 2017 05:30pm

Congratulations to Jamat Islami & JUI-F who are against any changes in the BLASPHEMY LAW. Keep receding into the deep, dark cave of ignorance, brutality and vengeance away from the modern, civilized world that one day will run out of their enduring patience and deliver us to hell . But unfortunately those who are responsible for all corruption, chaos, oppression, injustice and systemic failure will escape unscathed.

Freda Shah Apr 20, 2017 06:09pm

@Muhammad Expect nothing from the government. Their only concern is staying in power, by hook or crook.

charles Apr 20, 2017 06:31pm

I am sometimes surprised by shock expressed by readers at such incidents. After all is it not recommended in sharia that apostates should be killed. I mean being an Islamic nation, sharia is the guiding principle for Pakistan & if someone acts according to Sharia, why there should be hue & cry ?

Pak PATRIOT Apr 20, 2017 06:53pm

Our women don't want to be left out of the limelight. Hey !!! they want to be recognized too.

ijaz Apr 20, 2017 06:55pm

@Muhammad its already too late

J. Gamble Apr 20, 2017 07:01pm

Whatever happened 13 years ago, this is a murder.

My name Apr 20, 2017 07:07pm

@JKhan : "Could have" --"might have" but not "must have"--the last is too much of a leap.

shahryar shirazi Apr 20, 2017 07:21pm

This is really getting out of control.

My name Apr 20, 2017 07:27pm

@SYED HASSAN HASEEB : Most likely, these three young women will find "Upright"husbands in prison and become more religious and may be free to go home with jail-guard men of Faith--who will vouch for their good conduct. And Abbas's father will probably forgive and bless them for eradicating a blasphemer from among them!

My name Apr 20, 2017 07:37pm

@Nasir London: Keep faith in evolution--cultural and social-economic evolution. There is hope in that. In spite of horrors, we are shedding old shibboleths and moving forward. Humans have achieved great things in spite of set backs like this. Our collective survival instinct is forever hopeful. We can't move forward looking in the rear view mirror. Best Wishes!

AHakeem Apr 20, 2017 08:47pm

When these women will be investigated thoroughly another story would pop up.

ASB Apr 20, 2017 09:10pm

it is time to must review the act. that is true in its basis but as a procedure it has some faults and need to correct it.

Shakeel Ahmad Apr 20, 2017 09:16pm

@JKhan : whatever the reason.. they are no one to take anohter person life.... Judicial system needs to be revamped.....

baakhlaq Apr 20, 2017 09:58pm

Males should be cautious and careful in their words and behavior with their spouse and children, such allegations can be leveled against at any time.

Raj patel Apr 20, 2017 10:03pm

There is something fishy here. Hardly any sane one can digest this theory except he / she is completely radicalize.

Kajamohideen Apr 20, 2017 10:22pm

@Moksha why bring humanity into the picture. Ask where pakistan is going.

Atheroth Apr 20, 2017 10:32pm

Ah, the real life burka avengers of Pakistan.

Dr666 Apr 20, 2017 10:35pm

muslims killing someone......how strange......

John Apr 20, 2017 10:55pm

@rashid The man was living abroad and the women were very young when the deceased person supposed to have committed blasphemy. Hence the delay in punishing him as per women. You want to create controversy out of nowhere when facts are so clear. Are you somehow trying to not see the murder and its cause as confessed by those murderers???

Rp Apr 20, 2017 11:29pm

@Irfan_M - "An FIR was registered against him for blasphemy." - so? do you mean that FIR is a justification for the murder?

Rp Apr 20, 2017 11:31pm

@Zealot "Why?" - and why not?

Gul Apr 21, 2017 12:42am

@ANWAR well Said.

JOE FL Apr 21, 2017 01:50am

@Zak ... After reading hundreds of your messages over many years here in DAWN, now for the first time I agree with you. The blasphemy law encourages action by semi-literate people for whom its only interpretation is their own narrow view.

brr Apr 21, 2017 01:52am

My god, how viscious and misguided. Totally lacking not only common sense but also perspective.

Chirag Patel Apr 21, 2017 01:53am

i think these girls took that cartoon burqa warrior too seriously....

the 3 ninjas of pakistan....lol

Rehman Apr 21, 2017 02:16am

At this rate, everybody will be accusing each other of blasphemy and killing each other, and in the end there will be nobody left. Regardless of whether an accusation is justified or not, nobody should take the law into their own hands. We have a legal system, and it should be only the recognized legal system that should judge and provide appropriate punishments. Otherwise, society will just break down.

D Patel Apr 21, 2017 03:30am

If the women were burqa clad, no one can prove anyone guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Unless they voluntarily plead guilty, arrested women can go free, because police may have arrested wrong people.

Light Apr 21, 2017 10:04am

@Rehman Much more effective to reform the system and divorce Religion from governance.

JKhan Apr 21, 2017 11:47am

@Angry Man you can't be a man or a woman. Anything in between is a possibility.

udi Apr 21, 2017 01:20pm

Such unprovoked and premeditated murder should attract a life sentence with no parole. The perpetrators do not deserve to live freely among humans.

Arsha Apr 21, 2017 01:25pm

@ANWAR your beloved may not be someone else's beloved. You do not kill people for contrary point of view, you just choose to boycott those people. It is horrible that murder has become such an easy option for people and even worse is that there are people who justify murder.

Zakir Akbar Apr 21, 2017 09:14pm

We are dealing with a Gen. Zia -Generation. What a waste of life and resources. In my opinion , it will take another 25 years for Pakistan to flush out these Zombies from our society. I hope, we dont see another military intervention in future.

junjunju Apr 22, 2017 07:39am

Blasphemy is a serious, unpardonable offence against Muslims. Instant justice is a must against anybody who utters anything against Faith, Holy book and the Prophet (PBUH).

junjunju Apr 22, 2017 07:41am

@Ahmad , This is not radicalisation but defending our faith.

It is normal to get upset and the ones who do not get upset on blasphemy are not true Muslims.

Insane Apr 22, 2017 10:46am

This incident has nothing to do with existence of blasphemous laws. People will continue to kill even if this is withdrawn. Don't commit it.

Vallabh Patel Apr 22, 2017 12:06pm

@Zakir Akbar Very true.

Shailesh Apr 22, 2017 02:28pm

@Angry Man what about Gau rakshaks? I am an Indian but I believe there is a learning opportunity for us too. Such laws always lead to lawlessness

XYZ Apr 22, 2017 02:32pm

Why we are killing them instead of not handover him/her to the police for further investigations, why we are providing justice on over own, why we are so disinclined to the justice? May be their should be personal causes to blame someone on behalf of blasphemy or may be if he did then we have no rights to hang him/her up!

Arsha Apr 22, 2017 05:39pm

@Insane then don't get upset when other people come after you because they got offended because of something you said. If you want to go down this road, remember neither other people's feelings are in your control not what they choose to defend against you.

kit kit Apr 22, 2017 05:55pm

@Angry Man Its not so absurd as believing this story outright like you and others have unwittingly or to suit your own bigotry done. A good detective should be able to establish the real reason.

Fawzia H Apr 22, 2017 05:59pm

What is going on? We are becoming a wholly murderous nation.

Indian Nationalist Apr 22, 2017 06:28pm

Shocked. I felt only males are extremists. first time seeing female extremists and that too killing for blasphemy. Oh God. Your young minds are getting corrupted. They are like robots. Say some thing and they act like robots with out logical thinking. One day Pakistan has to pay for this culture. Think of after 30 years all the old moderate generations will perish and these young minds will rule the country. Wake up youth of Pakistan.

BYSTANDER Apr 22, 2017 08:25pm

Whats going on in this country? Everyone second day someone is getting attacked or murdered for Blasphemy charge.

It's all the fault of rulers. They are not taking a firm stance and the public is going berserk.

Muhammad gazanvi Apr 22, 2017 08:43pm

It turns a vicious cycle of vigilante justice, in the country where there is a precedent set, to eliminate an enemy, all is fair and law enforcers appear to act in connivance of killers.

Syed Rafiq Apr 22, 2017 09:22pm

Zia's vision of Pakistan.

PostI bateer Apr 23, 2017 02:18am

Another victim of a personal vandetta in the name of religion by the blaspheme brigade like the saying goes a women scorned.....

Kool Apr 23, 2017 09:56am

In fact the sisters not complained for 13 years hiding wrong doing of other is not correct. Isn't it a sin.

zulfiqar Apr 23, 2017 10:20am

Seems to be fabricated story. It needs to be investigated.