ISLAMABAD / PESHAWAR, Pakistan – The United States has urged Pakistan to take action on the killing of a US citizen in a crowded courtroom while facing trial for blasphemy.
On Wednesday Tahir Ahmed Naseem was shot several times in the range as he appeared in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
“We urge Pakistan to take immediate action and continue reforms to prevent a shameful tragedy from happening again,” the U.S. State Department said in a tweet.
As Naseem̵7;s selection began before the judge, a young man in the room pulled out a gun and shot him in the head, officials and witnesses said. The young man was arrested on the spot.
On Thursday, supporters of a hard-line Islamic group staged a protest rally in Peshawar calling for the release of the suspected shooter, saying he had defended his religion.
The aftermath of the murder, captured on video and shared on social media, showed Naseem falling on a chair near the judge’s bench, as other wet prisoners, some in bloody clothes, were taken from the room. .
“The young man who shot him had no regrets, and said he saw the Prophet Muhammad in the dream the night before,” said Latif Afridi, who runs the Peshawar High Court Bar Association, told Reuters.
Aphrodite wondered how the man managed to insert a gun into the court because all visitors are carefully checked at three different points.
“It is likely that someone who could go uncontrolled, perhaps a police officer or a lawyer, gave the shooter the gun after he entered,” he said.
According to the accusation sheet against Naseem, considered by Reuters, the American was in contact with a student at an Islamic school in Pakistan on Facebook and told him that he was a messiah sent by God.
Naseem later met the student in Peshawar, and was later arrested by the police and charged with a number of crimes, including insulting the Prophet Muhammad, which could lead to the death penalty in Pakistan. .