An Uber driver who murdered a fellow British Pakistani for “disrespecting the Prophet Muhammad” has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years.
Tanveer Ahmed, 32, travelled from Yorkshire to Glasgow in March to carry out the murder of Asad Shah, a 40-year-old shopkeeper and Ahmadi Muslim who had fled to Britain in the 1990’s to escape persecution of his community in Pakistan.
The Glasgow High Court heard how Ahmed had become “offended” by clips Mr Shah had posted on Facebook in the run up to Easter.
Mr Shah, a popular member of the community in the Shawlands area of Glasgow, was stabbed 30 times by Ahmed who proclaimed “Praise for the Prophet Muhammad, there is only one Prophet”, as he was led away from court.
Some of his supporters cheers as he was taken away.
The court was told that Ahmed, a father of three and a Sunni Muslim, drove from Bradford to Glasgow on the night of 24 March checking Mr Shah’s Facebook feed en route. He commented “something needs to be done, it needs to be nipped in the bud”.
Ahmed is said to have arrived at Mr Shah’s shop around 9 pm before arguing with Mr Shah before stabbing him.
When Mr Shah’s assistant came to his help and grabbed the knife, Ahmed is said to have repeatedly beaten and stomped on Mr Shah’s head.
Ahmed later surrendered to police.
Killer Tanveer Ahmed.
Ahmadi Muslims have long faced persecution in Pakistan for their view that sect founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is the final prophet of Islam and not the Prophet Muhammad.
Human Rights Activists point to Mr Shah’s murder as evidence that the persecution is now extending to Ahmadi Muslims in the Diaspora.
In a statement released through his lawyer after the killing, Ahmed said : “If I had not done this others would have and there would be more killings and violence in the world.”
Mr Shah’s murder caused widespread revulsion in Glasgow.
A silent vigil was held outside his shop attended by hundreds of people including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.