Facebook page is set up PRAISING taxi driver who said he killed peace-loving Muslim shopkeeper
- Popular shopkeeper’s death shocked his local community in Glasgow
- A man has said he killed him because he claimed he was a prophet
- Now a Facebook page has been set up praising the alleged killer
- Critics brand page ‘horrific’ and warn defendant could become a ‘celebrity’
By Jenny Kane For The Scottish Daily Mail
Published: 11:49, 8 April 2016
A Facebook page has been set up praising the self-proclaimed killer of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah.
The disturbing social media page – with more than 700 ‘likes’ – describes Tanveer Ahmed as a ‘public figure’.
It refers to the 32-year-old taxi driver from Bradford who is accused of murder as ‘Ghazi’, a title given to Muslim warriors or champions.
The page has been branded ‘propaganda’ which is encouraging extremism by some of those calling for it to be taken down.
On Wednesday, Ahmed appeared to say he killed Mr Shah in a statement read outside court. In it he said he did it because the newsagent had claimed to be a prophet.
Asad Shah (left) was killed last month. Tanveer Ahmed (right) made a statement claiming he killed him.
Mr Shah – a Muslim belonging to the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect which preaches ‘love for all, hatred for none’ – was stabbed and killed outside his store in the Shawlands area of the city last month.
Police confirmed the man arrested in connection with the murder was also Muslim and described the attack as ‘religiously prejudiced’.
On the Facebook page, which was started a week after Mr Shah’s death, one post reads: ‘When a person’s tounge [sic] becomes quiet and friendly then his heart becomes pious and clean.’
Photos of Mr Shah covered with a red cross have received dozens of ‘likes’. Meanwhile, images of the man who claims to have killed him are followed by love heart emojis.
One image shows Ahmed next to a photograph of executed terrorist Mumtaz Qadri. The former bodyguard was hanged after murdering a leading politician who had criticised Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
Someone has left a comment under the image which reads: ‘I Love Mumtaz Qadri and Ghazi Tanveer Ahmed Qadiri.’