November 18, 2010, Islamabad, Pakistan:
Man gunned down eight days after being granted bail in blasphemy case: 22-year-old Latif Masih died after two men with pistols shot him to death near his home on November 18, 2010, in Punjab Province, shortly after the victim was granted bail in a “blasphemy” case. Police suspect two Muslim extremists had shot the Christian to death. Masih, a member of the United Presbyterian Church, was accused of burning pages of the Quran and had spent five months in jail. Junaid Masih, the victim’s brother, said Latif Masih was innocent of the blasphemy charge. He said that Ahmed had filed the charge because he was trying to take possession of his brother’s shop. Human rights activists condemned the incident as another example of the havoc caused by the blasphemy laws.