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Pakistan policeman hacks man to death for alleged blasphemy

November 6, 2014 5:21 pm

A Pakistani policeman has hacked a man to death for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammad, police say.

The attack came two days after a Christian couple was lynched over blasphemy in the same province.

Tufail Haider, 55, was taken into custody late on Wednesday in the city of Gujrat after a group of people allegedly overheard him making the remarks, beat him up and handed him over to police.

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“Officer Faraz Naveed brought him to the police station and sent him to lock-up. Haider did not stop using nasty words about Sahaba (the companions) despite warnings from various officials,” police officer Khurram Shehzad said.

“At around 5:00am, Naveed could not control his emotions. He went into his cell, brought an axe, entered the lock up and hit Haider’s throat several times.”

Haider died on the spot, police said.

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