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Business News/ News / Trends/  Pak cop ASP Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi praised for saving woman mistaken for Blasphemy in Lahore, ‘Need more women in power…'

Pak cop ASP Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi praised for saving woman mistaken for Blasphemy in Lahore, ‘Need more women in power…'

ASP Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi saved a woman in Lahore from a mob mistaking her attire for Quranic verses, gaining praises and recommended for a gallantry award

Pak cop ASP Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi praised for saving woman mistaken for Blasphemy in LahorePremium
Pak cop ASP Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi praised for saving woman mistaken for Blasphemy in Lahore

ASP Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi who saved a woman in Pakistan's Lahore from a mob mistaking her Arabic-printed attire for Quranic verses, saving her life is gaining praises. On Sunday, Naqvi and a few shopkeepers shielded a woman whose life was in danger as a mob gathered around her in Lahore's Ichra Bazar and accused her of Blasphemy.

Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where anyone deemed to have insulted Islam or Islamic figures can face the death penalty.

As per News18 report, the prints which the 'mob' felt were Quranic verse actually meant ‘beautiful’ in Arabic. Additionally, as per India Today report, the Punjab Police has also recommended her name for the Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal which is the highest gallantry award for law enforcement in Pakistan.

Speaking on the incident, the ASP stated that it was difficult to free the woman from the shop since the crowd could have attacked her at any point. "More people started gathering there and demanded the shopkeeper to hand over the girl to them. The shopkeeper sheltered her in the shop, informing the charged mob that it was just an Arabic calligraphy print as the girl and had not insulted the religion of Islam and holy verses of the Quran," ASP said as quoted by India Today.

Meanwhile, her heroic act of saving the girl has heaped praises from Pakistan citizens, celebs as well as from the Army. 

General Syed Asim Munir met ASP Syeda Shehrbano and appreciated her selfless dedication on duty and professionalism in handling an uncertain situation.

A user on X has also posted a TikTok video of Chaudhry Akhtar Lawa, famously known as ‘Lahore Da Pawa – Akhtar Lawa,’ praising ASP Syeda for her bravery and saving the girl from the mob.

Pakistani actor Sajal Aly took to Instagram and wrote, “We need more women in power."

One user on X wrote, “I literally had tears in my eyes looking at Shehrbano Naqvi bravely escorting a woman who was going to get brutalized by a mob of mullahs. She held that woman like a sister while being surrounded by misogynist Pakistani men. She's a symbol of feminist sisterhood and an icon."

Some other wrote, “The clothes the girl wore in Lahore turned out to be a Saudi Arabian brand called "Shalik Riaz. It was an ignorant, uneducated crowd who had no knowledge of religion or the world"

“Taking a minute out of my day to recognise hero Police Officer Shehrbano of Lahore, Pakistan, for risking her life to save a woman from an angry mob of Muslim men who wanted to behead her because they believed she had writings from the Quran on her dress," a user said.

Meanwhile, last year, Hundreds of Muslim men had set fire to churches and vandalised Christian homes during a rampage in eastern Pakistan after Christians were accused of blasphemy.


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Published: 29 Feb 2024, 08:08 AM IST
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