Pakistan: Mob hangs man to tree, beats him to death for desecration in Punjab province

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Pakistan: Mob hangs man to tree, beats him to death for desecration in Punjab province

A mob in Pakistan’s Punjab province tortured and killed a man accused of desecrating the Holy Quran, The Express Tribune reported.

As per details, the local police, in order to prevent themselves, allegedly allowed the accused to leave the police station in Mian Chunnu, Khanewal district, where the mob was present, the report said.

The victim was dragged to a nearby place, tortured and killed, whereas the police allegedly played the role of silent spectator.

Saturday’s incident took place in Jungle Dera village where hundreds of locals gathered after Maghrib prayers following announcements that a man had torn some pages of the Holy Quran and later set them on fire.

With no one ready to listen to the suspect, who reportedly claimed innocence, the villagers first hung him on a tree and then hit him with bricks, until he died, Dawn news reported.

This is not the first incident of citizens becoming judges, jury and executioners.

In November last year, a mob had vandalised a police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district and set it on fire after authorities refused to hand over a man arrested earlier for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran, The Express Tribune reported.

On December 3, 2021 in Sialkot, a Sri Lankan engineer was lynched by factory workers on blasphemy charges, Dawn reported.

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