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Pakistan: Muslim Tourist Lynched and Burned Alive for Alleged Blasphemy

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) states: “Religious freedom conditions across Pakistan continue to trend negatively. The systematic enforcement of blasphemy and anti-Ahmadiyya laws, and authorities’ failure to address forced conversions of religious minorities—including Hindus, Christians, and Sikhs—to Islam, severely restrict freedom of religion or belief.”

“Pakistan, Tourist Lynched and Burned Alive for Alleged Blasphemy,” by Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter, June 24, 2024:

After the case of Christian Nazir Gil Masih, lynched in Sargodha on May 25 after he was falsely accused of having burned pages of the Quran, another similar horrific crime was perpetrated in Pakistan in the night between June 20 and 21.

A Muslim tourist from Punjab, Mohammad Ismail, was visiting the market of the popular tourist city of Madyan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, when somebody screamed that he had been seeing burning pages of the Quran. He was surrounded by a threatening crowd that started beating him.

Police managed to take him to the Madyan police station but had to succumb to hundreds of people that set fire to a police vehicle and started burning the police station itself as well. Mohammed Ismail was taken out of the police station by the mob, lynched, and burned….

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