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April 13th, 2011
03:03 PM ET

Pakistan's blasphemy vigilantes kill exonerated man

By Nick Paton Walsh, CNN

Talahore, Pakistan (CNN) - Mohamed Imran had been accused, jailed, tried and cleared: if anything, society owed him a debt as a man wrongfully accused.

But his crime was blasphemy. He was meant to have said something derogatory about the prophet Mohammed, so in Pakistan justice worked a little differently.

Two weeks after he returned to his small patch of farmland on the rustic outskirts of Islamabad, his alleged crime caught up with him.

Two gunmen burst into the shoe shop where he was sat talking to a friend. Imran tried to duck, to seek cover behind the man next to him - terrified so greatly for his own life that he perhaps forgot about those around him.

But the gunmen found their target and Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws claimed another victim.

Read the full story here about blasphemy vigilantes in Pakistan.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Belief • Courts • Islam • Pakistan • Violence

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. jimmy.

    WE NEED TO DROP THE BIG ONE ON THESE SO CALLED (GOD LOVERS) THATS A CROCK..THWY HAVE NO CLUE.CAN I THROW THE SWITCH?? PLEASE

    April 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
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