U.S. citizen accused of insulting Islam shot dead in Pakistan courtroom

Pakistan police at the scene

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A young Pakistani Muslim walked into a courtroom in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday and shot and killed a fellow Muslim who was on trial for blasphemy.

The man on trial, Tahir Shamim Ahmad, claimed he is an Islam’s prophet, this led to hud arrest two years ago on blasphemy charges.

while in court during trial,a young Pakistani Muslim walked into a courtroom in the northwestern city of Peshawar and shot and killed him on Wednesday, a police officer said.

It was not immediately clear how the assailant, identified as Khalid Khan, managed to get into the court amid tight security.

The attacker was subsequently arrested.

The U.S. State Department identified the victim as a U.S. citizen, and urged Pakistan “to take immediate action and pursue reforms that will prevent such a shameful tragedy from happening again.”

While authorities have yet to carry out a death sentence for blasphemy, even the mere accusation can cause riots. Domestic and international human rights groups say blasphemy allegations have often been used to intimidate religious minorities and settle personal scores.

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