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Man axed to death in Jhang over alleged blasphemy

By News Report
March 27, 2021

JHANG: A man was axed to death on Wednesday over allegations of blasphemy in Jhang district, it emerged on Friday. Police said Taqi Shah, a religious scholar, and his friend Hasnain Shah were roaming in a local mela (festival) in Basti Murad of Shorkot tehsil on March 24 when they were attacked by a man.

Taqi, who was on a motorcycle, lost his balance and fell on the road upon which the attacker axed him (Taqi) to death, according to police. His friend Hasnain remained safe in the incident. The suspect later fled the scene.

Police then reached the spot and shifted the body to a nearby hospital for post-mortem examination. Police have registered a murder case against three suspects including one identified man and two unidentified persons at Shorkot City police station on the complaint of a family member of the deceased.

The complainant alleged that the victim was killed by the primary suspect after developing a dispute with him “while playing volleyball”. Investigation Officer Tariq Mehmood said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday evening and was presented before a magistrate who sent him to jail on a 14-day judicial remand. He said the suspect and the victim had engaged in a quarrel while playing volleyball some days ago and the matter had been resolved at the time. However, the suspect later developed a grudge against Shah and attacked him with an axe and killed him.

Meanwhile, Jhang DPO Sarfraz Virk said that the suspect had killed the man after accusing him of committing blasphemy against companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He said the victim was also facing charges of committing blasphemy against the companions of the Prophet in a court. The blasphemy case against him was registered in 2019.