ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday expressed profound grief and shock over the harrowing incident of burning of a man alive in Bahawalpur district after pulling him out of a police station.
Expressing shock, the President directed the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior to conduct an inquiry into this unfortunate incident and submit the report to the Presidency immediately.
The President said that no one should be allowed to take law into in his own hands no matter what the crime is. The President also directed the concerned to dispense justice according to the law in this case.
The man, who was burnt alive, was reported to be mentally unstable and was accused of blasphemy.
Earlier a 2,000-strong mob snatched a mentally unstable man from a police station, beat him to death and torched his body after he allegedly burned pages from a Koran, police said Thursday.
The mob ransacked the police station in a village on the outskirts of Bahawalpur after officers refused to hand him over.
Local police station chief Ghulam Mohiuddin said Ghulam Abbas, in his early 40s, was taken into custody after people said they caught him burning pages of the Muslim holy book.
"After some time, more than 2,000 people surrounded the police station and asked the police to hand over the man to them, and upon refusal they ransacked the police station and took the accused with them," Mohiuddin told AFP.
"The protesters also set fire to several motorcycles and vehicles parked in the police station and damaged the quarters of police officials.
"Later they took away Ghulam Abbas to a main crossing, beat him to death and set his body on fire."
He said the accused man was mentally unstable and "was not aware of even the location of his residence".
District police chief Ahmed Ishaq Jahangir said the mob was too much for the police to handle after some in the group incited others to take action.
"The police contingent was not sufficient there to control the situation and to save the life of the accused," Jahangir told AFP.