The man on trial, Tahir Shamim Ahmad, who had claimed he was Islam's prophet, was shot dead by a young Muslim in the courtroom in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
According to the report
, the assailant, identified as Khalid Khan, managed to get into the court amid tight security. The attacker was subsequently arrested.
According to police officer Azmat Khan, Tahir Shamim Ahmad was arrested two years ago on blasphemy charges for claiming he was Islam's prophet. He was under the trial. After the attack, Ahmad died before he could be transported to the hospital.
In Pakistan, blasphemy is an extremely controversial issue. People convicted of the crime can be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. However, Muslims citizens in Pakistan often take the law into their own hands in blasphemy cases. Several cases have been reported in Pakistan.
In 2011, Punjab Governor was killed by his own guard after he defended a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy. She was acquitted after spending eight years on death row in a case that drew international media attention. Faced with death threats from Islamic extremists upon her release, she flew to Canada to join her daughters last year.
Domestic and international human rights groups say blasphemy allegations in Pakistan have often been used to intimidate religious minorities and settle personal scores.