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It turns out that Mohammad Anwar raised his hand by mistake after he misheard a question from an imam, who asked the crowd at a village mosque to give a show of hands of those who had stopped praying.
The boy raised his hand and was immediately accused by the crowd of blasphemy.
After cutting off his hand he put it on a plate and brought it to the cleric, the police chief said.
The incident occurred at a village in Hujra Shah Muqeem district, 125 kilometers south of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.
There is no need for an investigation, the police chief said, as there have been no complaints.
Adopted in 1947 and tracing their roots back to the British rule, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws make it a crime to insult religious beliefs. The punishment may range from several years in jail to a death sentence. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have received wide criticism, as many believe they are often abused.
Saroop Ijaz, Pakistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, called the blasphemy law “an instrument of oppression,” as quoted by the Washington Post.
“It’s completely discriminatory and has resulted in a lot of mob violence. ... It is providing and enabling an environment for religious violence to take place,” he said.
The fanaticism that permeates countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan goes well past insanity as the above story documents. The martyrdom of Farkhunda takes the insanity to a terrifying level. The burning of the Christian colony in Lahore is an example of how these blasphemy laws are used for pure evil.
For instance: “Lahore, Muslims set Christian colony ablaze: new charges of blasphemy,”
And in Afghanistan: Northwoods Ministries: Farkhunda, the Martyr, the Rest of the Story