Tourist lynched and burned alive for alleged blasphemy

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Terrible images from X. While Mohammad Ismail is burned, the mob takes pictures with cell phones.
Terrible images from X. While Mohammad Ismail is burned, the mob takes pictures with cell phones.

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.

Local authorities failed to understand how the false accusation of having burned pages of the Quran was generated but the charge has become so common in Pakistan that simply looking “foreigner” or “suspicious” may easily lead to fake accusations, lynching, and death.

The area where the lynching occurred after the incident. From X.
The area where the lynching occurred after the incident. From X.

Provincial authorities and the police are trying to identify and arrest the mob leaders but rarely are these arrests in Pakistan followed by prosecution and punishment. The moral panic about blasphemers keeps being entertained by the authorities themselves, despite hundreds of violent incidents arising from the poisonous climate created around the false claim that blasphemy is a national problem in Pakistan. — BitterWinter