Skip to comments.Imam arrested in Pakistan blasphemy case, stirring tensions
Posted on 09/03/2012 7:39:07 AM PDT by Cronos
A Christian girl who was arrested under Pakistan's controversial anti-blasphemy law may have moved a step closer to freedom on Sunday after police detained a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her.
Still, Rimsha Masih, whose arrest last month angered religious and secular groups worldwide, may be in danger if she returns from jail to her village.
Some Muslim neighbors insist she should still be punished, and said the detained imam was a victim
Under Muslim Pakistan's anti-blasphemy law, the mere allegation of causing offence to Islam can mean death. Those accused are sometimes killed by members of the public even if they are found innocent by the courts.
"Pour petrol and burn these Christians," said Iqbal Bibi, 74, defending the imam on the steps of the mosque where he preaches in Masih's impoverished village of Mehr Jaffer.
...In 2009, 40 houses and a church were set ablaze by a mob of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra, in Punjab province. At least seven Christians were burned to death. The attacks were triggered by reports of the desecration of the Koran.
"The cleric should be freed," said Noman, a 12-year-old boy wearing a t-shirt and shorts as bearded men gathered at the village mosque and barefoot children played nearby.
"She (Masih) should be punished."
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In the Cold War Pakistan was our client to balance the Soviets’ Indian client. The Cold War is over. Times have changed.
Wow. Police in Pakistan don't lightly act to arrest a Muslim cleric. Especially when the situation is so tense. The evidence must be undeniable.
Thanks for posting this!
Someday some Muslim has to be thinking, “Wait. If Allah wants me to kill these people, why did he make them in the first place?”
Islam is the way of democrats, nazis and various other ignorant savages.
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