Pakistani farmer Arshad Mehmood has been filled with pride since his son stabbed two people outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week, in the latest attack to expose the violent consequences of blasphemy allegations.
Zaheer Hassan Mehmood, who was born in Pakistan, has confessed to the attack, saying he was motivated by the magazine's recent republication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, which are proscribed in Islam.
"In my opinion, what he did was very good," Arshad told AFP.
Arshad Mehmood's family encouraged him and offered prayers before the attack.
[...] back in his rural village of Kothli Qazi in Punjab province, his family and neighbours are heralding him as a defender of the Islamic faith.
"The person who kills those who disrespect the prophet goes to heaven, and his whole family goes to heaven," Arshad said. "Because of this, I feel very good that my son did such a good deed."
The assailant's mother Rukhsana Begum added that her son had told the family about the attacks in advance, and had asked for their prayers.