The United States urged Pakistan on Thursday to take movement over the killing of an American nationwide in a crowded courtroom in Peshawar as he confronted trial for blasphemy.
Tahir Ahmad Naseem, 57, was seated throughout the court docket docket of an additional durations determine on Wednesday after arguments in his case, awaiting to be shifted to jail, when he was shot quite a few events at shut range.
“We extend our condolences to the family of Tahir Naseem, the American citizen who was killed today inside a courtroom in Pakistan,” the US State Department talked about in a tweet.
“We urge Pakistan to take immediate action and pursue reforms that will prevent such a shameful tragedy from happening again.”
As Naseem’s arraignment began sooner than the determine, a youthful man throughout the room pulled out a handgun and shot him throughout the head, officers and witnesses talked about. The 19-year-old shooter was arrested on the spot and the pistol used throughout the offence was seized.
Soon after the incident, a video went viral on social media exhibiting the deceased lying on a court docket docket bench with a pool of blood beneath. The video moreover confirmed the suspect in police custody telling individuals who the deceased was a blasphemer.
Police have been interrogating the suspect to find out how he carried a pistol into the extraordinarily guarded Peshawar Judicial Complex and whether or not or not anyone had motivated him into committing the offence. A main knowledge report (FIR) was registered in the direction of him on the East Cantt Police Station beneath Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and Section 15 of the Arms Act.
The deceased had not too way back filed an software program throughout the court docket docket, requesting that he be permitted to recite Kalima Tayyaba so as to level out that he was a Muslim and did not belong to the Ahmadiya group. Following the arguments by the prosecution and defence on the making use of, Judge Syed Shaukatullah Shah had adjourned the listening to until October 12.
Sources concerned with Naseem’s family instructed Dawn he had been residing throughout the US collectively together with his family and visited Pakistan in 2018 after he purchased involved with some people on social media who requested him to return to his nation to propagate his faith.
The case in the direction of the deceased was registered on the Sarband Police Station on April 25, 2018, beneath Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between fully totally different groups), 295-A (acts meant to outrage spiritual feelings of any class), 295-B (defiling Holy Quran), 295-C (derogatory remarks in respect of Holy Prophet) and 298 (uttering phrases to wound spiritual feelings) of the PPC.
The complainant in that case was Malik Owais, a resident of Nowshera, who was a scholar of a religious seminary in Islamabad.
Naseem was indicted on February 4, 2019, beneath sections 153-A, 295-A and 298 of the PPC, whereas the price sheet did not embrace Sections 295-B and 295-C.
The deceased had denied the charges and decided to face trial.