A Pakistani grandmother was killed along with her two young granddaughters after a “blasphemous” Facebook post angered a mob.
The grandmother, her seven-year-old granddaughter and another baby granddaughter were all killed when the violent mob set their home on fire. The women and her family are reportedly Ahmadis, a religious sect that is denounced by Muslims in Pakistan, and officials say the incident shows how intolerant others are of minorities in the country.
Reports say that the situation started after an altercation between two young men over a Facebook post escalated. One of the young men was also a member of the Ahmadi religious sect, and the other young man believed that one of his posts on Facebook was “objectionable.”
"Later, a crowd of 150 people came to the police station demanding the registration of a blasphemy case against the accused,” local police officer said. “As police were negotiating with the crowd, another mob attacked and started burning the houses of Ahmadis.”
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The grandmother and her two young granddaughters died as a result of the mob’s actions, and an Ahmadi spokesperson, Salim ud Din, says that police did nothing to stop the violence.
"Police were there but just watching the burning. They didn't do anything to stop the mob," he said. "First they looted their homes and shops and then they burned the homes."
Police deny these accusations.
In Pakistan, Ahmadis are not allowed to use Muslim greetings, say Muslim prayers, or refer to their houses of worship as Mosques.
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The victims of the riots reportedly died of suffocation, and another Ahmadi woman allegedly had a miscarriage as a result of the riots.