Guard who killed bank manager over ‘blasphemy’ sentenced to death

A Khushab safety guard who shot and killed a bank manager after accusing him of blasphemy has been sentenced to death.

Sargodha Anti-Terrorism Court Special Judge Khawar Rashid introduced the decision on Wednesday.

On November 5, safety guard Ahmed Nawaz had shot and killed Malik Imran Hanif, who was the manager of a bank in Khushab’s Quaidabad tehsil.

The courtroom dominated that the person killed the manager over private enmity and sentenced him to the next:

  • Death penalty beneath Section 302-B (punishment of qatl-i-amd) and a Rs500,000 wonderful that might be supplied to the manager’s authorized heirs as compensation.
  • Two-year imprisonment beneath Section 353 (assault or prison drive to deter public servant from discharge of his obligation) and a wonderful of Rs50,000.
  • Death sentence beneath Section 7(A) of the Anti-Terrorism Act and a wonderful of Rs500,000.
  • Ten-year imprisonment beneath Section 7(h) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, and a wonderful of Rs100,000.

The order, nonetheless, mentioned that the death sentence shall not be executed except confirmed by the excessive courtroom.

Here’s what occurred

CCTV footage confirmed Hanif working at his desk when the attacker, Ahmed Nawaz, got here to him and sat at a bench reserved for shoppers. Another guard walked in and stood subsequent to Hanif’s desk. Then out of the blue, Nawaz bought up, pointed a gun at Hanif, and opened hearth. By the time the second guard reacted to restrain Nawaz, he had already fired three photographs.

Plenty of folks gathered exterior grabbed Nawaz and handed him over to the police. Hanif was taken to hospital the place he died.

According to Khushab District Police Officer Tariq Wilayat, Nawaz claimed that he shot Hanif as a result of he was an Ahmadi and had blasphemed towards Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Hanif’s brother registered an FIR beneath Section 324 (try to homicide) of the Pakistan Penal Code. He said that Hanif and Nawaz had been quarrelling for some time. “The guard used to come late to work over which Hanif scolded him and called him out,” his assertion mentioned.

Hanif’s uncle instructed SAMAA TV that Nawaz had killed Hanif over private grievances. “He’s using blasphemy charges to protect himself. My nephew never insulted the Prophet (PBUH) and we have no connection with Ahmadis.”

On October 26, days earlier than the assault, Hanif up to date the profile image of his Facebook account with a filter to present assist for the Boycott_France marketing campaign towards the publication of sacrilegious caricatures. The filter reads, “I love Muhammad (ﷺ). My ProphetMyHonor. May Allah Destroy France.” Hanif used to share non secular posts on his Facebook timeline very often.

Blasphemy accusations in Pakistan

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom wrote in its 2019 report that not less than 80 individuals are imprisoned in Pakistan jails for blasphemy and not less than half of them are dealing with a life or death sentence. According to Al-Jazeera, not less than 77 folks have been killed within the nation over blasphemy accusations since 1990.

Blasphemy instances elicit robust emotion in Pakistan. People typically emerge to assist males who kill over it. Qibla Ayaz, the chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, finds that this occurs as a result of folks have no idea the teachings of Islam on the matter. The Council of Islamic Ideology is a constitutional physique that advises lawmakers whether or not a sure regulation is repugnant to Islam.

“In Islam, no one can declare any person an infidel,” Qibla Ayaz instructed SAMAA Digital earlier. In truth, clerics of all sects agreed upon this in January 2018 on the Paigham-e-Pakistan convention in Islamabad. “It is totally unacceptable in Islam for a certain group to take the law into its own hands, declare people infidels, start killing them in the name of commanding good and forbidding from evil.”

Follow SAMAA English on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.