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Man Shot Dead For ‘blasphemy’ In Pakistan Courtroom

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Tahir Ahmad Naseem, accused of blasphemy by claiming to be a prophet, shot six times during a hearing.

A man accused of blasphemy for claiming that he was a prophet has been shot dead in a courtroom in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police officials say, the latest violence associated with Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws.

Tahir Ahmad Naseem was shot six times during a hearing in his case at a district court on Wednesday, police official Ijaz Ahmed told Al Jazeera.

“The culprit accepts responsibility for killing him, and says that he killed him for having committed blasphemy,” said police official Ahmed. “[The suspect] has been arrested from the scene.”

Naseem had been in police custody since 2018 when he was accused of having committed blasphemy by claiming to be a prophet – a violation of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws that can carry the death penalty for certain offences.

Naseem was accused of having violated sections 295-A, 295-B and 295-C of the Pakistani penal code, which deal with blasphemy against Islam, criminalising, among other things, “defiling the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad”.

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The last offence carries a mandatory death penalty

Blasphemy killings

While no one has yet been executed under Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, extrajudicial murders and mob violence have become increasingly common in recent years. Since 1990, at least 77 people have been killed in connection with the accusation, according to an Al Jazeera tally.

Those killed include people accused of blasphemy, their family members, and lawyers and judges who have acquitted people accused of the crime.

Others killed in recent years include singers, teachers deemed to be advocating “un-Islamic” practices, and members of the persecuted Ahmadi sect.

In 2018, Pakistan’s Supreme Court passed a landmark verdict in the country’s most high-profile blasphemy case, acquitting Christian woman Aasia Bibi after she had spent nine years on death row.

The move angered the country’s far-right religious parties, leading to widespread protests led by firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party, which has frequently advocated for violence against those accused of blasphemy.

Last week, the provincial assembly in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province, passed a controversial law on religious issues, giving wide-ranging powers to the government to censor any published material based on vague guidelines of violating religious beliefs.

The law, widely criticised by rights groups, was placed under review on Monday.

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Obasanjo congratulates Biden on winning the election

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Olusegun Obasanjo congratulated the president elect Joe Biden on his election win .

The previous president said Biden’s triumph additionally had a great impact globally . Obasanjo asked Biden to reestablish the qualities America is known for all around the world Obasanjo in an assertion acquired by Legit.ng on Saturday, November 7 portrayed Biden’s success as a triumph of good over evil.

He said the triumph of the Democratic up-and-comer isn’t only a success for the individuals of America alone, yet in addition a triumph for the vast majority of the world.

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The previous president encouraged the duly elected president to reestablish trust in the part of America as an advertiser of world harmony, security, dependability, and progress.

He said:

I felicitate with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as the first female Vice-President of the U.S. We in Africa are proud of her success. The first African-American President of the U.S., Barrack Obama, has Kenyan DNA in him and I am reasonably sure that the first African-American female Vice President-Elect of the U.S. will have some Nigerian DNA in her as most of those taken to the Caribbean from Africa went from Nigeria of today.”

Then, the US president-elect, Joe Biden has vowed to be the president for all Americans if they decided in favor of him.

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International Criminal Court (ICC) to Probe into #EndSARS Extra-judicial killings

The ICC set to conduct preliminary examination with regards to the ongoing #EndSARS protests in the country.

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The ICC set to conduct preliminary examination with regards to the ongoing #EndSARS protests in the country.

According to BBC, ICC confirmed that the office of prosecutor has received information on alleged crime. In a statement they made it known that the focus of the preliminary examination is to “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute are met”, and the findings of their will be made public.

The #EndSARS protests have seen no less than 50 deaths of the country’s citizens; at least 5 soldiers and 10 policemen have also been reported dead during massive 2-week protests which sadly came to a grand ending on the night of November 20th where peaceful #EndSARS protesters where gunned to death at the Lekki tollgate.

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Lagos Concession Company (LCC) Submits Footage of Lekki Shootings to Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Claims Cameras Were Not Tampered With

LCC claim the cameras tampered with were PTZ not CCTV cameras

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Administrators of the lekki tollgate in Lagos express, the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), state the camera at the toll gate quit working at 8pm on Tuesday, October 20, the day troopers purportedly started shooting at #EndSARS dissidents.

Abayomi Omomuwa, Managing Director of LCC, made the case while showing up before the Lagos State Judicial Panel Of Inquiry set up to test the Lekki shootings, just as objections of denials of basic liberties against individuals from the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Omomuwa, who submitted film from the day, additionally affirmed the cameras that were taken out presently before the shooting, were plate number acknowledgment cameras.

As per him, the other camera, a pan–tilt–zoom camera (PTZ camera) likewise exists is as yet unblemished.

We never under any circumstance altered the reconnaissance camera until about 8pm, when it was messed with and quit recording, Omomuwa made known.

He added that the fire episode at Ikoyi Bridge affected the CCTV cameras and it quit recording.

When asked to clarify for what valid reason the lights at the toll gate were killed, he demanded that the organization conformed to the time limit and requested that staff leave in adherence with the mandate of the state government.

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