ISLAMABAD: Pakistani police mentioned on Tuesday that they foiled an try by a mob to lynch a blasphemy suspect inside a police station in Islamabad.
The suspect, Shaukat Ali, was not too long ago arrested on fees of insulting Islam. “He has been accused of sharing anti-Islam content material on social media,” native police mentioned.
The mob, comprising dozens of villagers wielding batons and iron rods, with some carrying pistols, had stormed Islamabad’s Golra police station on Monday evening after police refused at hand them over the suspect.
Whereas the suspect remained unhurt, not less than six police officers have been sustained accidents within the assault, Asim Ghaffar, an area police chief, mentioned.
In keeping with police, when regulation enforcers introduced the suspect to the police station, scores of individuals gathered at its gate that the personnel had locked to maintain the indignant mob exterior. Nonetheless, police added, they managed to enter the police station after overpowering the guards.
The officers mentioned the attackers began damaging the places of work of investigating officers and the station home officer (SHO).
Through the assault, the policemen reportedly tried to guard themselves in addition to the suspect by locking themselves up within the lock-up and different rooms. They then sought assist from a police contingent. Upon getting info, police reinforcement, together with personnel of counterterrorism division, anti-terrorist squad and anti-riot unit reached the spot and rescued the employees.
To disperse the mob, the regulation enforcers resorted to teargas shelling and baton-charged the protesting villagers. The indignant protesters, nevertheless, additionally put up resistance. After over an hour-long police motion, the regulation enforcement officers succeeded to push again the Islamists and get the police station vacated.
Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy regulation carries life imprisonment or demise penalty. In Pakistan, false accusations of blasphemy are widespread and sometimes motivated by private vendetta. Rights teams, nevertheless, declare that blasphemy allegations have typically been used to intimidate spiritual minorities. Prior to now, such accusations had typically ended up in lynchings or avenue vigilantism.