SHEIKHUPURA - A blasphemy accused arrested under Section 295-A of the Blasphemy Law was gunned down by a police impersonator in the lock-up of Sharqpur Police Station here on Friday. According to details, a person who introduced himself Mubashar, a policeman, sought permission to see the accused Khalil Ahmad in the lock-up. After getting permission, he went to the lock-up and started talking with Khalil. All sudden the impersonator pulled out a pistol and fired multiple bullets, killing him on the spot. The impersonator tried to flee but other policemen overpowered him.

It is to be noted that on May 11, six residents of village Sajowal near Sharqpur, stated to be Ahmadies, had thrashed a shopkeeper Syed Riaz Hussain Shah in the village and later torn an Islamic calendar inscribed with Kalma Tayyaba and threw it in the street which triggered violence. Following the incident, the shopkeeper immediately called in Al Sunnat Wal Jamaat head. After sometime a large number of villagers along with religious scholars gathered on Lahore-Sharqpur Road and suspended traffic for about five hours. The protesters were demanding registration of a case against six persons under Blasphemy Law, warning that they would continue the protest until case registration. The district administration high-ups reached the spot and after negotiation accepted the protesters demand and ordered registration of a case against Khalil Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmad, Israr Ahmad, Nazeer Ahmad and others. The Sharqpur Police arrested only one accused Khalil later who was shot dead in the lockup. Other accused are still at large. Further investigation is was underway.

DPO Afzaal Kousar suspended Sharqpur Police SHO Younas Pasha and a constable Khadim Hussain who was posted as a guard in front of the lockup on charges of negligence. The DPO disclosed that the impersonator was identified as 19-year-old Saim Mubashar, a student of local seminary. He said that Saim had worked at a private clinic as a dispenser some time ago.