Asad Shah murder: Intolerance and radicalization taking roots in UK

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An NGO expresses serious concerns that the murder of Asad Shah, an Ahmadiya Muslim sheds light on the fact that radicalization and religious extremism have taken roots in the UK.

In the context of the case, Nasir Saeed- Director for CLAAS-UK, has expressed serious alarm over the murder of Asad Shah; assuming that intolerance and radicalisation have started to take roots even in UK also.

While remarking about the statement of Tanveer Ahmad- who had murdered Asad Shah a UK-based Pakistani Ahmadiya Muslim; he said, “This statement suggests that intolerance and radicalization is continuing to rise in the UK.

It is very scary and other people may follow Ahmed’s footsteps. Therefore, it is very important for the Courts to deal with such cases with extra wisdom in order to demonstrate a strong deterrent.

Unfortunately the blasphemy law continues to be used against minorities in Pakistan to intimidate and harass them, to attack their worship places, set fire to Christian settlements and even kill innocent people.

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Christians and other religious minorities consider this law a root cause of their persecution and have been demanding changes to it for years. But no government has dared to even discuss this in parliament. Bureaucrats and politicians deliberately avoid this issue to avoid confrontation with Islamist extremists groups.”

Recently, Tanveer Ahmed who had admitted murdering Asad Shah gave a statement to the police. In his statement, he said, “Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Mr Shah claimed to be a Prophet.

If I had not done this others would and there would have been more killing and violence in the world. I wish to make it clear that the incident was nothing at all to do with Christianity or any other religious beliefs — even although I am a follower of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him I also love and respect Jesus Christ.”