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Pakistani policeman kills man with ax over grudge against prophet Muhammad’s blasphemy

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Ahmed Nawaz, a police spokesperson, confirmed the incident, adding that the victim’s brother was also injured in the attack.

LAHORE – A Pakistani policeman killed a man with a blasphemy ax years after the victim was acquitted in court, police said on Saturday.

Waqas Ahmed was tried in 2016 for a Facebook post, but was acquitted.

The policeman, Abdul Qadir, did not appreciate the verdict and attacked him with a cleaver on Friday evening in the town of Rahim Yar Khan, in the province of Punjab.

“He (…) had been planning to kill him since 2016 for disrespecting the Prophet Muhammad,” police official Rana Muhammad Ashraf told AFP.

Ahmed Nawaz, a police spokesperson, confirmed the incident, adding that the victim’s brother was also injured in the attack.

“The gendarme voluntarily surrendered to the police,” Nawaz said.

The assailant and the victims were from the same tribe and village, police said, and were investigating whether they had any personal feuds.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in conservative Pakistan where laws can carry the death penalty for anyone deemed to have insulted Islam or Islamic figures.

Such allegations are explosive and often lead to furious outcry across the ultra-conservative Islamic republic.

The country’s strict blasphemy laws are used disproportionately against religious minorities, including the Christian community, and critics say they are frequently abused to settle personal scores.

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