U.S. urges Pakistan to act after American charged with blasphemy shot in court

The United States entreated Pakistan on Thursday to take motion over the killing of an American countrywide in a crowded court docket as he confronted trial for blasphemy.

U.S. urges Pakistan to act after American charged with blasphemy shot in court

Tahir Ahmed Naseem was once shot more than one instances at shut range as he regarded in the northwestern town of Peshawar on Wednesday.

"We urge Pakistan to take instantaneous motion and pursue reforms that will forestall such a shameful tragedy from going on again," the U.S. State Department stated in a tweet.

As Naseem's arraignment started out earlier than the judge’ a younger man in the room pulled out a handgun and shot him in the head, officers and witnesses said. The younger man used to be, arrested on the spot.

On Thursday, supporters of a hardline Islamist crew held a protest rally in Peshawar calling for the launch of the suspected shooter, announcing he had defended his religion.

The aftermath of the killing, captured on video and shared on social media, confirmed Naseem slumped over in a chair beside the judge's bench, as different shackled prisoners, some with bloodied clothes, have been taken from the room.

"The younger man who shot him had no remorse, and stated he noticed the Prophet Muhammad in a dream the night time before," Latif Afridi, who heads the Peshawar High Court Bar Association, informed Reuters.

Afridi puzzled how the man managed to get a gun into the courtroom given that all traffic are checked utterly at three one of a kind points.

"It is in all likelihood any person who can go barring being checked, possibly a police officer or a lawyer, passed the shooter the gun after he entered," he said.

According to the charge sheet in opposition to Naseem, considered with the aid of Reuters, the American was once in contact with a scholar at an, Islamic college in Pakistan on Facebook’ and advised him he was once a messiah despatched by way of God.

Naseem later met the scholar in Peshawar, after which police arrested him and charged him with a variety of crimes, along with insulting the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH), which can convey the loss of life penalty in Pakistan.


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