Pakistan Police on Thursday filed charges against an Ahmadi teenager after rescuing him and his family from a mob of religious extremists.
The incident took place in the Phandu area of Peshawar where a mob of religious fanatics surrounded the Ahmadi family’s house in the early hours of Thursday.
According to local media, the incident started in the Hasht Nagar where a few local teenagers provoked a confrontation by putting up anti-Ahmadi posters and chanting religious slogans. When the Ahmadi family came out of their house hundreds of enraged people surrounded the house and tried to set it on fire. A video of the attack showed the mob chanting “Death to Ahmadis”.
Police officials said a large contingent of police was sent to the scene which rescued the five-member family and moved them to a safe location.
However, the police later charged the Ahmadi teenager with Blasphemy under Section 295-C: Use of derogatory remarks, etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet. According to the First Information Report filed by Police, the allegation of blasphemy was reported by 15-year-old Imran Ali.
Pakistan police say they have rescued five members of an Ahmadi family after a mob surrounded their house in Peshawar. According to reports the head of the family has now been charged with blasphemy after a 15-year-old accused him of disrespecting Prophet Muhammad. pic.twitter.com/jXm5wb61Ry
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