Man accused of blasphemy dragged out of police station, lynched by mob in Pakistan; video goes viral

A screenshot of the viral video shows a mob outside Warburton police station in Nankana Sahib area of Punjab Pakistan on February 11, 2023.

On Saturday, a mob in Nankana Sahib area of Punjab Pakistan stormed a police station and lynched a man under custody on allegations of blasphemy.

As the mob was lynching the man, Station House Officer (SHO) Warburton Feroze Bhatti and other police personnel escaped the scene, trying to save their own lives. The deceased was put behind bars for alleged blasphemy.

As per a report by Geo News, the residents of the area claimed that the man, who had returned after spending two years in jail, used to practice witchcraft by pasting his ex-wife’s picture on holy papers.

“The mob stormed the police station and beat the man to death,” local police spokesman Waqas Khalid told AFP.

“After killing him they tried to set his body ablaze,” he added. Khalid said authorities were working on identifying the attackers responsible for the man’s death.

Videos shared on social media showed hundreds of youngsters besieging the police compound, with one man scaling a tall gate using a ladder and opening its lock. The crowd then barged inside and smashed windows.

Taking notice of the incident, Punjab Inspector-General Dr Usman Anwar suspended the SHO and Nankana Sahib Circle Deputy Superintendent of Police Nawaz Waraq for their failure in preventing the situation from turning violent, the report said.

Strict departmental and legal action will be taken against those responsible for the incident and the perpetrators of negligence, a statement posted by the Punjab police on Twitter read.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif ordered an investigation into the Warburton police station incident and asked why the police did not stop the violent mob.

“The rule of law should be ensured. No one should be allowed to influence the law,” he said.

He said that the first priority of the institutions responsible for peace and order is peace and that it should always come first.

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