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22 April 2017, 01:04 | Terri Saunders
Three Pakistani women confess to killing blasphemy suspect
Taseer's killer, executed previous year, has been hailed by religious hardliners as a martyr to Islam and a shrine has been erected at his grave.
Police say that one of the women acted as an instigator, persuading the other two to carry out the act and identifying Abbas as a blasphemer. Police are now investigating a number of university students and faculty for their involvement in a brutal attack that shocked the entire nation.
He had fled the country then and had only recently come back home.
Three sisters in Pakistan on Wednesday shot dead a man accused of "blasphemy" 13 years ago, saying they couldn't kill him earlier as they were "too young then", reported Dawn.
Police also said that they have register as FIR against Abbas for the use of derogatory remarks in respect of Holy Prophet which is a crime under the 295-C of PPC.
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Details emerged that Afshan daughter of Ashraf, Amna daughter of Muhammad Khan and Razia wife of Yaseen had stormed into house of Fazal Abbas resident of Nangal Mirza, and opened fire at him. The women reportedly chanted "Allah-ho-Akbar" ("God is great") after fatally wounding Abbas.
People demonstrate after the killing Mashal Khan, accused of blasphemy, by a mob at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, during a protest in Peshawar, Pakistan April 14, 2017.
The lynching of Mashal Khan triggered widespread condemnation across Pakistan, prompting the Supreme Court to intervene and order an inquiry, while the Parliament in a unanimous resolution condemned the killing. Police details that the women had been arrested and are undergoing investigations.
Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in predominantly Sunni Muslim Pakistan, where mere charges against a person mean either death or life in hiding. Fazal was accused of blasphemy in 2004 and a case was registered against him.
A provincial governor and a federal minister were among the victims. They both were assassinated for seeking reforms in the blasphemy laws to discourage their misuse by religious fanatics.
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