A mob torched a police station and four police posts in Charsadda, a district in the Khyber Pakhunkhwa province in the northwest of Pakistan after police refused to hand over a man accused of blasphemy.
Local official Asif Khan said that no officers were hurt by the mob attack and that more police were summoned to restore order in the Charsadda.
“The situation has been under control since Monday,” said Khan. .
The detainee who was accused of insulting the Quran, the holy book of Muslims, has been taken to another district after the mob reportedly failed to lynch the suspect.
“Initially the officers resisted the mob, but fled after thousands of the protesters attacked the police building. We refrained from using force to prevent casualties among the mobs,” said Khan.
Khan said an investigation is still underway on the detainee’s alleged crime after his arrest the day before.
Blasphemy carries the death penalty in Pakistan and it has been remain a sensitive issue in the society that provokes mob violence.
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