Islamic Scholar Killed Over Alleged Blasphemy Remarks in PTI Rally:
PESHAWAR: The situation in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, reported to be “under control” by the police, following the tragic incident where a participant in a rally beaten to death for allegedly making a blasphemous speech. Authorities have initiated an investigation into the incident.
According to Iqbal Khan, a local police officer, the victim identified as Nigar Alam, a local cleric aged 40, killed by demonstrators in Sawal Dher village of Mardan on Saturday evening.
The rally participants had gathered to show support for the judiciary. Allegations of blasphemy were level against Alam when he concluded the event with a prayer.
“During his prayer, some of the words deemed blasphemous by a number of protestors, which led to his torture and eventual death at the hands of an angry mob,” explained Khan.
Eyewitnesses and Rohanzeb Khan, the senior superintendent of police (SSP) for operations in Mardan, stated that the police deputy on duty at the rally attempted to protect the man by locking him up in a nearby shop. However, the mob managed to break through the door and attack him.
Videos circulating on social media depicted the accused man being pushed to the ground, kicked, and beaten with batons by the crowd. The cleric tragically passed away at the scene.
Najeeb ur-Rehman, the district police officer (DPO) of Mardan, confirmed that the police dispersed the crowd, recovered the body, and initiated an investigation. The authorities are collecting evidence from the site.
However, as of now, no official complaint has been file, and no arrests made in connection with the incident.