Mohamed Imran ble anklaget for blasfemi. Noen hadde overhørt ham si noe, men dette noe kunne ikke gjengis i tiltalen, da det også ville vært blasfemi! Slik er galskapen i Pakistans blasfemilov.
Imran satt to år i fengsel. Da saken hans endelig om opp, ble han frikjent. Men det fant ikke den lokale mobben seg i, og de drepte ham, forsvarsløs som han var, hos en skomaker.
Two weeks after he returned to his small patch of farmland on the rustic outskirts of Islamabad, his alleged crime caught up with him.
Two gunmen burst into the shoe shop where he was sat talking to a friend. Imran tried to duck, to seek cover behind the man next to him — terrified so greatly for his own life that he perhaps forgot about those around him.
But the gunmen found their target and Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws claimed another victim.
His brother Ikram told CNN: «When I saw him lying there, I felt the blood leave my body, and that I was now alone.»
When I saw him lying there, I felt the blood leave my body, and that I was now alone.
Now Ikram has only his brother’s unmarked grave to visit, next to the plot of land close to what was once the source of Mohamed Imran’s livelihood. This farmland no longer feeds his family, who have moved away to live under the charity of a friend. The threats remained.
We found his daughter, four-year old Kazma who knew her father was dead but somehow felt he would come back. His wife was in tears, but remarkably maintained that the blasphemy laws were important as they protect the Muslim faith. It was hard to tell whether she believed that or was speaking out of self-preservation.
Blasfemilovene er med å gjøre Pakistan til et lovløst land. Hvem som helst kan bli anklaget for blasfemi. De religiøse har oppdaget at loven er det perfekte våpen som press og trussel.
To av landets fremste – guvernøren av Punjab Salman Taseer og minoritetsstatsråd Shahbaz Bhatti ble tidligere i år skutt ned og drept, og mest sjokkerende av alt: Taseers morder ble hyllet som en helt, av landets advokatstand.
Pakistan’s blasphemy vigilantes kill exonerated man
By Nick Paton Walsh, CNN