Abdulaziz Emin Niyaz
According to VOA News, Police in Peshawar, Pakistan said a man who said he was the “last prophet of Islam” was shot and killed in a courtroom where he was being tried under the country’s blasphemy laws.
The judicial proceedings against the slain man started u since 2018 when he was arrested for claiming to be the “last messenger of Allah,” a crime under Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty, even though no one has ever been executed for this crime in the country.
Tahir Ahmad Naseem, the self-claimed prophet was shot several times in front of the judge during a Wednesday hearing in Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said witnesses, court officials.
international human rights groups have long called for amending Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to block their misuse.
The Indian press the print reported that
Tahir Naseem was a US citizen. According to a report, at least 77 people accused of blasphemy have been killed since 1990 in Pakistan.