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Mob attacks man in Chitral accused of making 'blasphemous remarks'

Updated Apr 21, 2017 09:52pm


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A mob attacked a man and beat him brutally inside a mosque in Chitral after he was accused of uttering blasphemous remarks following Friday prayers.

The man, who is yet to be identified, is alleged to have pushed the imam of the mosque to allow him to speak after jummah prayers, a local present at the site told DawnNews. Eyewitnesses claim the man then uttered 'blasphemous remarks' amidst the prayer gathering.

As worshippers started beating the man, the mosque's imam, fearing for the man's life, handed him over to the police.

Police took the man to the local police station for his protection. They said they were trying to ascertain the man's mental health.

A First Information Report (FIR) has been filed against the man over charges of blasphemy and terrorism, Deputy Commissioner Chitral Shahab Yousafzai told DawnNews.

"The situation is under control now," Yousafzai said, adding that police is investigating the case.

"At the moment, I am not in a position to comment on the mental health of the man," Yousafzai said. “A team of doctors will file a detail report about his mental health,” he said.

Mob reaches police station

Soon after the accused was shifted, the mob attacked and broke into the police station amid aerial firing and heavy tear gas shelling from the police. The firing resulted in power outages nearby as transmission lines were damaged by bullets.

The situation remained volatile, police said, while they attempted to cool the mob down and restore peace in the area.

The Frontier Constabulary also reached the police station to assist with maintaining law and order, a police official said, adding that "3,000 to 4,000 people" were still present outside the police station.

The district administration has called a meeting of the local ulema and officials to discuss the incident.

'Rule of law should prevail'

The incident comes days after a vigilante mob lynched 23-year-old Mardan university student Mashal Khan over allegations of blasphemy.

The brutal lynching, which occurred inside the premises of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, had invited unanimous condemnation from the National Assembly.

Lawmakers and religious scholars alike repeatedly stressed after the Mashal case that mobs cannot be allowed to take the law into their own hands.

The also stressed that even if someone was accused of blasphemy, police should be allowed to follow due process and the case should be decided only in a court of law.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan had been particularly critical of the incident, describing it as "the law of the jungle".

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued a strongly-worded condemnation of the incident two days later.

"The state will never tolerate those who take the law in their own hands," the premier had warned.

An investigation into Mashal’s murder is on-going and arrests are being made.


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Say it Apr 21, 2017 05:19pm

there it goes again! can we not learn from the past experiences...???

Imran Apr 21, 2017 05:19pm

What is going on man..

MUHAMMAD FAHEEM KHAN Apr 21, 2017 05:19pm

This is certainly not co-incidence that so 3 blasphemy cases have emerged in past 3 weeks, something fishy. Still it is sad to see mob taking law in their own hand.

satt Apr 21, 2017 05:23pm

This barbarity won't end soon.

ivehadit Apr 21, 2017 05:24pm

the whole province is going crazy.

Gerry dcunha Apr 21, 2017 05:25pm

Blasphemy incidents has now become an headache in Pakistan

Hasnain Apr 21, 2017 05:26pm

Hats off to Imam for not letting the mob take over and handing him to the police.

Nomi Goraya Apr 21, 2017 05:28pm

Sorry guys all are busy in PANAMA from last many years. Once settled it will solve all economic social issues of Pakistan. Height of injustice to people of Pakistan

haider shaikh Apr 21, 2017 05:28pm

Hats off to Imam who saved his life from the mob! He deserves appreciation.

Hussain Apr 21, 2017 05:30pm

For God sake stop monster mobs of illiterate led by arrogant and pathetic mullah. How far you want to test the patience of the world. Tell me who is safe in this country, led by blind and deaf and corrupt to the bone.

Say it Apr 21, 2017 05:30pm

Honour killing, karo kari and now Mob justice in the name of religion! where is our society heading to? Does anyone cares anymore......?

haris Apr 21, 2017 05:31pm

@ivehadit :

This was happened in Sialkot which in not in KPK.

Nomi Goraya Apr 21, 2017 05:37pm

Imam and Police were able to contain the situation and save the person to be killed brutally by mob while Mishal was beaten to death right in side university and that too at far better urban center of KPK and then IK and others claim that KPK police worked effectively? It is not allegation it food for thought for all those who think Mishal will be granted justice? All was done just for political point scoring and letting the masses steam off and now all are sure that we will forget this incident very soon.

Mkz Apr 21, 2017 05:38pm

Okay Fine, he said blasmpheous remarks but now he in custody of Police i.e a law enforcement entity. For God sake have some trust on the investigative body and dont take law in your hands.

Hyder Apr 21, 2017 05:39pm


This is shocking and alarming news. What is wrong in Pakistan???

Nomi Goraya Apr 21, 2017 05:39pm

@haris Man this is not province vs province it is madness which is everywhere but there is a difference in two cases in Sialkot three sisters fired and killed the person a murder yeas reason was same but in KPK what we are seeing in MOB JUSTICE

IKLover Apr 21, 2017 05:40pm

@Say it This is the change IK promised through dharna and mob style politics. You reap what you sow

IKLover Apr 21, 2017 05:42pm

@Imran This is the change IK promised through dharna and mob style politics. You reap what you sow. IK has effectively implanted his mob seeds in his province at grass root level great job IK we love you

Ali from India Apr 21, 2017 05:46pm

No one has to do anything, this society is in auto destruction mode.

salar Apr 21, 2017 05:46pm

@Hussain Ahhhh, Hussain, the Imam of the masjid actually handed the man over to the police to protect him from the mob. Please read the facts, before deploring all religious figures!

Syed zafar kazmi U.s.a Apr 21, 2017 05:48pm

@Say it Not until we have Jamat-e Islami & other such parasites whose only mission has been for the last more than three decades to further extremism and patronize terrorism. They and their ilk are the root cause of this fatalistic malaise.

rashid SIddique Apr 21, 2017 05:49pm

First time an Imam came forward to do right thing. Hats off!

naji Apr 21, 2017 05:51pm

This will continue, till we educate our member parliament, senators, police, and public. All these are near to impossible for the next 25 years. So, so we can not stop them.

Asif Ali Apr 21, 2017 05:52pm

We becoming mad.

Mind share, TX Apr 21, 2017 05:53pm

@Hussain "Mullah" saved accused life by handing over to police. These 3000 to 4000 still outside are not all "mullah".

Looks like we turn to be "mullah" society as a whole.

We need a socioeconomic change to cool down people mind and heart. It's total bonker!

Ahmer Apr 21, 2017 05:55pm

Is this replacing suicide bombing? We the country are on auto-destruct. Mark my words that these things will become more and more common in the coming days.

Muhammad Rana Apr 21, 2017 05:55pm

Sick society

The Right Wrong Apr 21, 2017 05:58pm

Punish a few people responsible for inciting hatred and mob violence and society will very quickly learn to behave.

Ali Apr 21, 2017 05:58pm

Hats off to Imam who saved his life from the mob!

Proud indian Apr 21, 2017 05:58pm

Its happened when your priority is not education but arms, bus, metro, cpec etc.

Citizen26 Apr 21, 2017 05:59pm

Hope this mob also understands misjustice that happens with women and young girls in the society but they don't bother then.

Asif A Shah Apr 21, 2017 05:59pm

Stunned and speechless!

gulab Apr 21, 2017 06:00pm

What is wrong with this country?

FAREED HUSSAIN Apr 21, 2017 06:01pm

no education, no respite from these self-championed religious mongers

pakistani Apr 21, 2017 06:01pm

These foolish people should all be arrested and punished and then released. They need to learn not to take law in their hands.

Arif Apr 21, 2017 06:05pm

I am sick and tired of this...... This has to stop. Many innocent lives have gone due to this law. Anyone can make stories about anyone and accuse them.. At least the Imam did a good job by diffusing the situation. But i marvel at the extreme free time people have......and are ready to fight and kill. Gosh!

Syed zafar kazmi U.s.a Apr 21, 2017 06:07pm

@Ali from India very good comment, I love it th

Hunzai Apr 21, 2017 06:07pm

The government should educate the masses through mainstream media that how to behave when a blasphemer is spotted. The government must educate/warn people that no one should take law in hand otherwise he/she/they will be declared criminal and punished.

Syed zafar kazmi U.s.a Apr 21, 2017 06:08pm

@satt This barbarity has consumed us and is on the rise every day

Nasir Apr 21, 2017 06:09pm

The Imam's role is laudable. I have heard from locals that the accused is mentally unstable. No sane person would do what he is accused of doing. There are sectarian dimensions of the issue. Some politico-religious groups would like to take advantage. Chitral and Pak Army should take control. Let no the riots and arson of 81 get repeated in our beautiful Chitral.

Ramesh krishnan Apr 21, 2017 06:12pm

You can arrest them if its a few people who is behaving this way...But if the mob is thousands and ten thousands in number...? Extremism has taken over Pakistani society...

Oz Apr 21, 2017 06:15pm

Arab petroleum dollars and their sponsored extremist mind set preached behind madrassahs is showing these results. This government t has failed miserably. What Musharraf achieved for us in his little time, the two governments that followed him have completely undone that. It is disgusting that an educated nation is forced into being led by uneducated and pathetic individuals.

cameran Apr 21, 2017 06:16pm

the hell is this,chitral is the most pacific demesne of kpk, it is a plan to disturb the peace

Syed Apr 21, 2017 06:17pm

this will happen when you keep letting saudis fund the madarassas and making normal humans turn into fanatics

007 Apr 21, 2017 06:18pm

Unfortunately its not one or two or few individuals. There is a whole generation that has been brainwashed and radicalized.

An observer Apr 21, 2017 06:19pm

How many more such incidents have to happen before blasphemy law is abolished! The law needs to change and that will be the start of change in mindset. It's shameless that instead of remedying the cancer within the government is too busy with panamagate and so is the opposition.

Patriot Apr 21, 2017 06:21pm

Here we go again.... Such a pity that the law is not being repealed.

SRehman Apr 21, 2017 06:23pm

Law of jungle prevails in the name of religion

Sana Apr 21, 2017 06:24pm

If police takes proper action then mob/people will not take law in their hands.

Ash Apr 21, 2017 06:33pm

Pakistan is a jungle where no law & order exist whatsoever!!

Gerry dcunha Apr 21, 2017 06:39pm

What message are we giving the outside world on this crucial issue in Pakistan where even a Muslim is not spared on blasphemy law and the mob taking law in their own hand.

Mohajir Apr 21, 2017 06:45pm

The mob forgot humanity and compassion although even inside the mosque that too right after prayers ?. Sad.

SAB Apr 21, 2017 06:47pm

Third incident in two weeks!!

Ali Apr 21, 2017 06:49pm

There seems to be some very planned conspiracy against Pakistan going on.

charles Apr 21, 2017 06:54pm


Umair Apr 21, 2017 06:54pm

Enemy is exploitating our weaknesses

Gerry D'Cunha Apr 21, 2017 06:55pm

The ulemas and religious scholars should get their heads together in solving this crucial crisis in Pakistan rather than getting their religion being misused by illetrate people in defaming Islam to the outside world.

charles Apr 21, 2017 06:56pm

@Ali You have been totally brain washed - I feel sorry for your intellect

CPEC ka deewana Apr 21, 2017 06:57pm

Until mullahs start condemning these kind of activities unequivocally, nothing will change.

AMIR Apr 21, 2017 06:57pm

No need to revisit or review the law. Just repeal it!

Umair Apr 21, 2017 06:57pm

Why are we all discussing things here. It wont make any difference. The people who we intend to educate dont read news and comments.

bkt Apr 21, 2017 07:00pm

Interesting that these incidents are taking place in the province that chooses to oppose the Prime Minister. It seems a case of the dirty tricks brigade more than the work of any foreign agency or even the left overs from the Zia era.

Zeeshan Apr 21, 2017 07:01pm

Another victim of the victimless crime.

Amir iqbal Apr 21, 2017 07:03pm

Reformation of the educational curriculum, starting at the lowest level is the need of the hour.

Akram Apr 21, 2017 07:05pm

@Ali from India . Thanks bro. Stay safe and don't be seen storing or transporting beef.

ahsan7979 Apr 21, 2017 07:06pm

Imam did the right thing!

Vedic Apr 21, 2017 07:10pm

They themselves are bringing disrepute to their religion by lynching only if they had this basic common sense and dignity

kit kit Apr 21, 2017 07:11pm

The issue is these mobsters think they are scoring good points with God by beating even mentally ill people ( indications are this man was ill). being nasty darinday type people they think all their previous sins will be atoned by lynching their fervour upon someone worse than them, a balsphemer.

Qudsia Apr 21, 2017 07:13pm

As we have already read : "Many nations were destroyed because the poor were convicted and the rich went free"... This lawlessness will happen if we continue our corrupt practices..The problem lies with the educated ones who know the solution to our problems but are not acting upon it..

Israr khan ismailzai Apr 21, 2017 07:14pm

@Nomi Goraya

Of course, we r a forgetful nation. Remember model town??? 14 people killed by their own govt and police. And when it comes to justice, well, we know what happened to model town perpetrators and how other criminals are above the law.

r sultan Apr 21, 2017 07:18pm

As Imran Sahib has pointed out we are collectively 'junglees' happy to hate and kill as a mob. About time we learned to love and respect contrary views on faith matters and showed sympathy towards the mentally and physically disabled poor folk and poor dumb animals.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 21, 2017 07:26pm

Mob needs to be controlled after few strict punishments and you will see things will change.

Sorry this is not the way to follow faith Hindu Beef Killing/Muslim Blasphemy both take human lives anyone who differs are only living in fools paradise.

Stone age mentality needs to end folks!

azmat shah Apr 21, 2017 07:26pm

@IKLover As if everything was hunky dory before IK.

DIL Apr 21, 2017 07:26pm

Extremism is a mind set that needs to be remove by educating people . unfortunately extremism in the entire region is in upward trend if you take the recent example from India and Pakistan .

DIL Apr 21, 2017 07:31pm

@Ali from India any society where extremism exist can be considered in auto destruction mode including India .

Sadaf Apr 21, 2017 07:35pm

@Ali from India this is the same mentality that was responsible in India for killing a man for eating beef than another man for selling cows and the list goes on. I will never support such mentality any where in the world, these are sick people who keep plaguing the world in the name of religion

Khan Apr 21, 2017 07:36pm

@Nomi Goraya Omg panama papers? STOP justifying mob rule!

khalid ahmed Apr 21, 2017 07:36pm

Give the credit where it is due and in this case it goes to the imam masjid,who handed the man over to the police.In the past it was mostly the imams who made the announcements over the speakers,gathered and led the mobs.But in this case imam sahib did the right thing.

brr Apr 21, 2017 07:38pm

So this is IKs Naya pakistan!!!

changez khan Apr 21, 2017 07:38pm

Can our Mullahs educate people about blasphemy? or may be they should be educated first?

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Apr 21, 2017 07:38pm

Mashaallah! All of a sudden everyone in Pakistan has become an authority in Islam to pronounce that so and so person has used some blasphemous type of language hence he must be at least injured if not killed and many have already been killed and injured on this account and if this jungle phenomena is not controlled then I very much doubt if people can be safe anymore in my beloved Pakistan. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait /

Sohail Gem Wazir Apr 21, 2017 07:38pm

Here in the comments no one praise the Imam who saved the life of the accused one. Salute to Imam. It's the real Islam.

voice Apr 21, 2017 07:40pm

This barbarity will not end unless some of these mobsters taught some lessons. I don't why police or law enforcement watch this violence as quite audience, why they don't act, why they don't use their tax payers provided equipment to safe a tax provider from lagoons.

Ms Mandeep Kaur Apr 21, 2017 07:42pm

@Say it Hardly!It is firmly embedded in Pakistani minds. The reaction is spontaneous and will continue to happen till tolerance is instilled in minds of children at young age.

Nadeem Apr 21, 2017 07:42pm

Well done imam, something sensible..

Ms Mandeep Kaur Apr 21, 2017 07:43pm

@satt Never is the word-till teaching tolerance happens.

OM Shanti(Marifat is peace) Apr 21, 2017 07:47pm

Good Job by the Imam to save the life of the accused by handing over to the police, let peace be upon him.

Hafeez, Canada Apr 21, 2017 07:48pm

@brr No PM stands in JIT as accused is Naya Pakistan.

MoaWIZ Apr 21, 2017 07:49pm

If government will not punish people who incite people to kill such incidents will keep on happening.

other side Apr 21, 2017 07:52pm

"the mosque's imam, fearing for the man's life, handed him over to the police." Great Job!!!

AXH Apr 21, 2017 07:53pm

There is no doubt that this event is deplorable. However, what needs to be understood is that these people simply reacted to what they have been taught and what they have learned all their lives. So, the problem is with what is being taught and preached. Until that is fixed, do not expect any miracle to cure this cancer.

khalid ahmed Apr 21, 2017 08:00pm

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Read the whole news story carefully again.Nobody made any accusation against him or passed judgement and declared him guilty of blasphemy. It was the man himself who pushed the imam aside and started to use foul language.Looks like a mental case.

ISHAQ KHAN Apr 21, 2017 08:00pm

I put blame on religous parties who are acting as an ostrich in the matter

Hamid Gul Apr 21, 2017 08:00pm

What a country we are living!!! Mob are ruling the country. No sign of literacy.

Muhammad qureshi Apr 21, 2017 08:01pm

Media has a big part on this and they should be playing this on every channel admitting what is wrong with blasphemy

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 08:08pm

This is becoming too frequent an issue in need of solution. Urgent intervention needed by the top most judiciary.

Turning point Apr 21, 2017 08:11pm

India and Pakistan are waiting for a turning point for mob justice to stop.

Khurram Apr 21, 2017 08:15pm

@MUHAMMAD FAHEEM KHAN What is not a coincidence? Mob lynching a human? Of course it's not a coincidence, it's the degrading state of society that is illiterate and religiously gullible.

JKhan Apr 21, 2017 08:15pm

This is the outcome of having an incompetent CM and totally neglected​ higher education system.

AMIR Apr 21, 2017 08:27pm

These laws and practices don't belong in the time we are living in.

The end is near Apr 21, 2017 08:47pm

These are organised and professional mobs creating unrest and instability in Pakistan by misusing this law.

asif khan Apr 21, 2017 08:47pm

abolish the blashphemy law

BEEF EQUALS BLASPHEMY Apr 21, 2017 09:06pm

What Beef is to India, Blasphemy is to Pakistan, both are emotional issues where there is mob justice which needs to be stopped by the government.

Mansoor Apr 21, 2017 09:09pm

@Nomi Goraya Ever been introduced to , . ?

Talha Apr 21, 2017 09:16pm

If the PM can go away with heinous crimes then anybody can and that is what this mob believed.

imran Apr 21, 2017 09:24pm

At least this time Imam did the right thing by handed over the man to police and now they will investigate and let them handle that

anees zed Apr 21, 2017 09:25pm

"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued a strongly-worded condemnation of the incident two days later.".. So it took the news 2 days to reach him?

Waqas Apr 21, 2017 09:32pm

Good to see that Imam sahib saved the life. I think most of these guys who say something inappropriate do have some mental and psychological problems.

AKKS Apr 21, 2017 09:53pm

@Ali from India, best comment !

Sherafgan Apr 21, 2017 09:56pm

Hats Off to Imam and now we should have this case to police and govts ....

Concerned Apr 21, 2017 10:38pm

@Say it What past experience are you talking about? The past experience is that they can lynch a student and then the University will open an investigation into the history of the said student and not his killers! Past experience is that you kill the minister and then half of pakistan treats you like a king! And people come to your funeral from all over the country to celebrate you! That is the past experience! This is a horrendous act and this will not end until we educate our people.

X Apr 21, 2017 10:42pm

@anees zed always investigate the matter before saying any statement.

Idea MUHAMMAD Khan Apr 21, 2017 10:50pm

The man accused of blasphemy is reportedly insane. When sanity of sanes takes back seat emotion runs high resulting in unfortunate incidents.

mindshare Apr 21, 2017 11:15pm

@Proud indian We need all...

Shahryar Shirazi Apr 22, 2017 12:05am

For a change, Imam did some thing good and saved this man's life.

Alba Apr 22, 2017 03:18am

@Nomi Goraya ..... The economic and social inequalities may overwhelm Pakistan in the next generation some twenty or twenty five years away. Population growth will erase any economic gains Pakistan makes. It is pretty simple math meaning noting will change. Not even under Imran Khan. The numbers are against you and the people are already restless.

Azam Ali Siddiqui Apr 22, 2017 05:49am

In some countries student under the subject of Social Studies are taught Parliamentary Procedures.By the time they reach grade 8,they are familiar with the manners of debates and democracy.If Social Sciences and community development are not properly taught by properly trained teachers you will fail to reach the national goals of education.Islamic ethics should be a part of our syllabus.THe people who are not taught how to control their emotions are a burden on society.Why comparative studies are so much neglected in Pakistan.

Sam Apr 22, 2017 05:51am

Maybe mobs should rather start for lack of education or bad water supply or no electricity. But no, frustration has to come out in form of more babies or this. Smh

Hassaan khalid Apr 22, 2017 09:15am

Police should be allowed to open fire on any mod with a murderous intent, specially in religious matters. Extreme problems, extreme measures.

Nasir London Apr 23, 2017 04:28pm

@Azam Ali Siddiqu: Social studies in our schools and Universities are taugght as Extreme Islamic Studies like we have seen in Mardan killing Mashal Khan mercilessly. They call it Social Studies, any doubts?