Former singer, proselyte Junaid Jamshed was assaulted by a group of men at Islamabad airport late Saturday night.
A video has gone viral on social media, which shows a charged crowd taking blows at the singer-turned-preacher at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport. The men can be heard chanting slogans against the former singer, claiming he has committed blasphemy.
The footage shows the group of men hitting Jamshed repeatedly even as Jamshed tries to run.
Shaken after the assault, Jamshed who remained silent throughout the video, took to Twitter and said, “I wish I wasn’t travelling alone. A little distressed with what happened. Musalman the is liye bad’dua bhi na kr saka inke liye (they’re Muslims, so I can’t wish evil upon them).”
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Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has condemned the assault on Jamshed.
“Islam teaches religious tolerance and respect of one another. We need to practise that,” he said.
In December 2014, Jamshed was booked for alleged blasphemy over one of his televised sermons which was thought to contain blasphemous remarks about Ayesha Siddiqua, a wife of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The preacher later publicly apologised and asked for forgiveness.
Mubin Qadri, a member of Sunni Tehreek’s Rabita committee, filed an application under Section 22-A of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to a South court, seeking action against Jamshed for what he called blasphemous remarks in a video clip. District and Sessions Judge Ahmed Saba ordered SHO Risala Police Station to record statement of the complainant under Section 154 of the CrPC.