Web Desk (Reuters Report) — Three women dressed in burqas killed a man who had been accused of blasphemy in 2004 in a northeastern Pakistani town, police said on Thursday, the second brutal killing over alleged insults to Islam in a week.
The women entered the home of Fazal Abbas, a faith healer and a leader of the minority Shia community in the small city of Sialkot, and asked him to perform a spiritual ritual during which one of them shot him in the chest, police told Reuters.
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.
“It is their personal act, and I could not find their link to any religious group,” inspector Afzal said.
However, Abbas’ family believe that a hard-line religious group incited the women to track down their victim and pull the trigger.