Daughter of man fatally shot in court over blasphemy accusation fights for justice
After Tahir Naseem, a 57-year-old school bus driver from Illinois, U.S., was charged with blasphemy and murdered in Pakistan in July 2020, his 21-year old daughter Mashal Naseem is now running an online campaign to raise awareness about her father’s unjust murder.
What Happened: Naseem, who had moved from Pakistan to the U.S. as a teenager, traveled to Peshawar at the invitation of an Islamic madrassa student named Awais Malik in 2018.
He’d invited Naseem for a discussion and then reported that Naseem had claimed to be the last prophet of Islam. Naseem was arrested and charged with blasphemy based on Malik’s statement. He had been awaiting trial for two years when, in July last year, a 15-year-old student named Faisal Khan shot him dead in a Peshawar courtroom.
What Now: Naseem’s 21-year old university-going daughter in Illinois, Mashal, is now using social media to raise her voice against the unjust murder of her father and demand the reformation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, despite facing threats from Islamic extremists.
Opposition: A lot of Pakistanis stay resolute that Naseem’s murder was warranted.
The Other Side: Some sympathized with her and showed support for her cause.