I first heard about this story in the recent diavlog with Adam Serwer of all places. It made me wonder though, does an example like this finally persuade people fully that many of the problems in societies like Pakistan come from radical Islamic interpretations and beliefs? Separate and apart from the US?
It is possible to think that and think US involvement is not working, counterproductive, inflating the numbers of radicals... but even accepting all that, the fact that the attempt to roll back blasphemy laws results in murder, and open support and adulation of the murderers actions by chunks of the society, not to mention offers of free legal defense from young lawyers... Does that not suggest a problem with the culture and beliefs of the society? Can you say at least that? About the society, not its reactions to others, but about its own character?
Or do you reject this sort of analysis?
Anyway, I hope that segment of the population is just a vocal minority and that people like this are the stronger faction.