Lahore: Man shot dead for blasphemy
LAHORE: As reported by The Express Tribune on Monday, a man accused of blasphemy was shot and killed near his house on Thursday, shortly after being granted bail in the case.
Imran Latif, 22, was accused of burning pages of the Holy Quran in a case registered at Sherakot Police Station and spent five months in jail. He was released on bail on November 3, after the complainant in the case told the court that he was not sure that Latif was guilty.
Inspector Rafique Ahmed, the investigating officer in the murder case, said that Latif’s murder was likely linked to the blasphemy case. “No Muslim tolerates a man who commits blasphemous acts,” he said.
He said police had only just discovered that Latif had been accused of blasphemy, as the family had not mentioned it when they reported the murder for the FIR.
Latif’s mother Sharifan, 60, said two men armed with pistols had knocked at the door of their house near Pir Makki shrine on Thursday and asked Latif to accompany them. “A few yards from the house they suddenly opened fire,” she said, adding that Latif had been hit five times.
She said the attackers then fled on a motorbike. “There were policemen present in the street but no one tried to stop them,” she said.