Muhammad Sajjad / APMuslims rally in support of the courtroom killing of Tahir Naseem in Peshawar, Pakistan, on July 31, 2020. Naseem, a U.S. citizen, was gunned down while standing trial on a charge of blasphemy. (Muhammad Sajjad / AP)
Tahir Ahmad Naseem, a U.S. citizen in Pakistan facing accusations of blasphemy against Islam, was shot and killed in a Peshawar courtroom Wednesday morning.
Naseem was originally taken into custody back in 2018 after he was accused of claiming to be a prophet, which is considered a serious crime under Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, according to The Washington Post.
Lawyer Saeed Zaher was in the building when he heard the shot go off. He then rushed to the scene. When he arrived, he claimed that Naseem appeared to have been