Man killed by mob in Swat’s Madyan for allegedly desecrating the Quran: Police

A man was killed by a mob on Thursday night in the Madyan area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Swat district over alleged desecration of the Holy Quran, according to police.

Swat District Police Officer (DPO) Dr. Zahidullah Khan reported that eight people were injured during the unrest. He explained that police had initially taken the suspect into custody and moved him to the police station. However, a mob attacked the station, seized the suspect, and set both the police station and a police vehicle on fire. The suspect was subsequently burned. An investigation is ongoing, and further details are awaited.

Videos circulating on social media depict a mob surrounding a burning body in the middle of the road and large crowds gathered outside the police station. Our correspondent is seeking police confirmation of these videos.

DPO Khan mentioned that a significant police presence had been deployed in Madyan to manage the tense situation. Madyan, a popular tourist destination in Swat Valley, is located about 245 kilometers from Peshawar, the provincial capital.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party released a statement noting that KP Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur had taken notice of the “unfortunate” incident and had contacted the provincial police chief. He requested an immediate report and instructed the police to take urgent measures to control the situation. The chief minister expressed regret over the incident and urged the public to remain calm. Former information minister Fawad Chaudhry lamented, “And the madness continues… We are hellbent on committing societal suicide.”

Violence against non-Muslims in Pakistan, driven by extremist religious views, has intensified since Gen Ziaul Haq made blasphemy punishable by death. From 1927 to 1986, only 14 blasphemy cases were reported in what is now Pakistan. However, following changes to the law, the number of cases increased sharply. Between 1987 and 2022, at least 2,120 people were accused of blasphemy.

Last month, police rescued a Christian man in Sargodha accused of desecrating the Holy Quran, though he succumbed to his injuries nine days later. In 2022, a middle-aged man was stoned to death by a mob in a remote village in Khanewal district over alleged desecration.

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