PAKISTAN: Savage justice kills man court had acquitted of blasphemy

A Pakistani man who was acquitted of a blasphemy charge has been shot dead by two men in Punjab province. 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.

Hindustan Times (H/T Jim Y)  Sajjad Hussain, a resident of Khan Muslim village in Gujranwala district, 80 km from Lahore, was gunned down on Friday. 

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. (Knowing they’ll get no more than a slap on the wrist) Hussain’s family held a demonstration and demanded that the two men be punished. (Don’t dream)