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Sargodha, Pakistan— Sensitive Old Image Of Mob Lynching, Resurfaced With Misleading Claims 

According to a shared image of a mob torturing a person, a university student in Sargodha, Pakistan was raped and killed on May 15 after she refused to convert to Islam.

Verified accounts on twitter, including @rs_rajender tweeted “Today in Sargodha, #Pakistan, a university student was raped and murdered for refusing to convert to #Islam, under allegations of blasphemy..” on May 15, 2024. The tweet has received an about 27.6k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @FarazPervaiz3, @Patrioticos_RD, @WarinaaHussain made the same claim that in Sargodha, Pakistan, a college student was killed and sexually assaulted for not accepting Islam. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

In actuality, this old photo depicts a crowd lynching a man they believe was responsible for the March 15, 2015, suicide attack on a Lahore church. The University has not lately received any reports of such an occurrence. The University of Sargodha’s Department of Zoology hosted a two-day taxidermy workshop. Robbers recently murdered a Muslim student at a private institution. Regardless of the fact that Pakistan is well known for death sentencing over blasphemy. So, the claim that on May 15, a university student in Sargodha, Pakistan, was raped and murdered for refusing to convert to Islam is not true at all. urdu-geo-tv posted about this with the headline “Karachi: A student of a private university was killed by bandits on the highway”. According to the police, the 22-year-old victim was the only son of Nihal parents and an architecture student, while his uncle Ayaz, 32, was injured in the firing by the robbers. The uncle of the deceased claims that Nihal murdered the two thieves with a licenced weapon, despite the police claiming that both robbers were dead during the confrontation. urdupoint posted this on May 15,2024 with the heading “Taxidermy Workshop Concludes At Sargodha University”. The Department of Zoology, University of Sargodha, organised a two-day workshop on taxidermy, aimed at providing students with practical knowledge and skills in the art and science of preserving animal specimens. The concluding session was attended by Vice Chancellor UoS Prof. Dr Qasir Abbas, Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mian Ghulam Yasin, Dr. Misbah Sarwar, Deputy Director Punjab Wildlife Research and Training Institute Faisalabad, Dean Faculty of Science Prof. Dr. Amir Ali, Prof. Dr. Shahid Mukhtar, Chairperson Department of Zoology, students, faculty members, and wildlife enthusiasts. Further, The Christian Post posted about this on April 14, 2015 with the heading “Pakistani Police Beat, ‘Torture’ Scores of Christians, Leave Them in a ‘Bloody Mess’ to Extract Confessions”. Following the lynching of two Muslim men who were mistakenly believed to be implicated in two previous church bombs that claimed the lives of 17, over 100 Pakistani Christians were arrested in the middle of March. Of those, about thirty have been released and exhibit obvious indications of mistreatment and torture at the hands of the police. At a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the rise in Christian persecution in Pakistan, International Christian Concern, a well-known advocacy and watchdog group on Christian persecution, announced that 30 of the 111 Christian men and boys who had been detained by police in the Youhanabad suburb of Lahore after the lynching had been released from custody. Aljazeera posted about this on Feb 29, 2024 with the headline “Pakistan: When a blasphemy accusation is evidence; the sentence often death”. A married couple was out shopping, peacefully going about their day, when a passer-by spotted something that he found offensive – in this case, the woman’s garments. The woman’s clothing certainly carried Arabic writing, but these were not derived from the Quran or any holy scripture. It added “Unfortunately, though, when it comes to blasphemy in Pakistan, accusation is evidence, and the sentence is almost always death.” Also, BBC published an article on this on March 8, 2024 with the heading “Pakistan blasphemy: Student sentenced to death over Whatsapp messages”. According to the Punjab Province court, he disseminated blasphemous images and videos with the goal of offending Muslims’ religious sentiments. In the same case, a seventeen-year-old received a life sentence. Each has refuted any misconduct. In Pakistan, there is a death penalty for blasphemy. Before their trials are even tried, some people have been lynched. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan, located in Lahore, the capital of Punjab, filed the complaint in 2022. A local court in the city of Gujranwala was assigned the case.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Influencers are circulating old images with false claims to set their narrative based on religion. An image that shows a crowd torturing an individual has been shared, claiming that on May 15, in Sargodha, Pakistan, a university student was raped and murdered after refusing to convert to Islam. This old photo, taken on March 15, 2015, in Lahore, Pakistan, depicts a mob lynching a man they believe to be responsible for a suicide assault on a church. The University has not lately received any reports of any incidents of this kind. A two-day taxidermy workshop was arranged by the University of Sargodha’s Department of Zoology. At a private university, robbers recently killed a Muslim student. Even yet, Pakistan has a reputation for death sentencing for blasphemy.

Conclusion:

Fact : The fact is that this is an old image shows a crowd lynching a man they suspect of being involved in a suicide attack on a church in Lahore on March 15, 2015. No such incident has been reported by the University recently. The Department of Zoology, University of Sargodha, organized a two-day workshop on taxidermy. Recently, a Muslim student at a private university was killed by robbers. Although Pakistan is notorious for death sentencing over blasphemy.

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