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Pak man shot dead after being acquitted of blasphemy

Last Updated: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 15:06

Lahore: A Pakistani man who was acquitted of a blasphemy charge has been shot dead by two men in Punjab province, police officials said Saturday.

Sajjad Hussain, a resident of Khan Muslim village in Gujranwala district, 80 km from Lahore, was gunned down yesterday.

He had been arrested in February 2011 after Sath Sanaullah, a resident of his neighbourhood, accused him of committing blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed during a private conversation.

Hussain was booked under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, the harsh blasphemy law.

A district and sessions court acquitted him last month for lack of evidence.

On Friday, Hussain was at his shop when two armed men came and fired at him. He was killed instantly. The two gunmen later surrendered to police.

They were identified as Sheikh Zeeshan and Awais Ahmed, both residents Hussain`s neighbourhood.

The men told police that they had killed a "blasphemer" and had no regrets over their action.

Hussain`s family held a demonstration and demanded that the two men be punished.


First Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 15:06
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