Blasphemy – what was initially meant to protect religious sentiments, became a safe haven for criminals to pursue their ugly ulterior motifs.
Because of how ‘sacred’ the allegation is, that no one dares to question. One of the latest victims of this young artist, Qutub Rind.
Renowned artist and NCA’s position holder Qutub was killed over a dispute of mere 120 rupees. It was first floated that the owner of his flat was asking for advance rent. The murder in his confessional video accepted that he took Qutub’s life for only a minor amount of money for his drug addiction. Qutub himself came from a financially struggling background and was trying restlessly to improve his life using his talent.
But neither he nor his family could celebrate that day. He was brutally beaten and then thrown from the third floor of the building, claiming his life.
But the worst part about it is that Qutub’s family says the killers initially tried to cover their sin saying he committed blasphemy. But later confessed that the actual reason for the murder was, in fact, the money.
Not sure what is worst – Pakistan losing such a productive and talented artist over money dispute or the murderers veiling their sin by using the religion card, but the incident is enough to upset any human being with a sense of morality and feelings.
The activists and his family have been protesting to ask for justice. They have rejected the cause of murder being rent, asking for money or blasphemy, and have demanded the formation of JIT to investigate the matter.
With them stands the highly influential showbiz community. Celebrities have taken to social media demanding justice for Qutub.
Here is what they have to say about the heartbreaking incident:
What have we come to?! A famous artist in Lahore has been killed for 'blasphemy'. Until & unless these uneducated extremists are taught that it is NOT okay to take the law in your hands..this will not stop. Qutub, I'm sorry, we've failed yet again. #Justice4QutubRind
— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) August 5, 2018
“Kill the beast.
Cut his throat.
Spill his blood.
Do him in!”
-Lord of the flies
Qutub was born in 1984 in Jacobabad, Sindh Pakistan. He completed his Bachelors in Fine… https://t.co/kjcpsx5utx
— Ushna Shah (@ushnashah) August 6, 2018
Arms & legs smashed,face smashed. Killed in front of his wife & Kids 4 not succumbing 2 landlords extortion. Even after showing him all receipts of payment. #QutubRind was another bright star lost 2 barbaric violence. His death apparently didn’t have anything 2 w blasphemy? pic.twitter.com/4v1SV0Xuc7
— Nadia Jamil (@NJLahori) August 7, 2018
Our team members from #Aik Awam Movement visited #QutubRind's family in Jacobabad. We have assured them support and will ensure Lahore Police fairly investigates the case and not allow Killers to go free @sheraza29 pic.twitter.com/UJ84T7XJaj
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) August 6, 2018
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