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Imam held for evidence-tampering in blasphemy case

Cleric who submitted evidence against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy has been arrested on suspicion of evidence-tampering, police said Sunday.
Rimsha has been in custody since she was arrested in the poor Islamabad suburb of Mehrabad more than two weeks ago accused of burning papers containing verses from the Holy Quran, in breach of blasphemy laws.
Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, the imam of the mosque in Rimsha’s area who first handed over evidence, was arrested on Saturday after his assistants told a magistrate he had added pages from the Holy Quran to the burnt pages to strengthen the case against the girl.
“The imam was arrested after his deputy Maulvi Zubair and two others told a magistrate he added pages from the Holy Quran to the burnt pages brought to him by a witness,” police investigator Munir Hussain Jaffri said.
Zubair and the two others, Mohammad Shahzad and Awais Ahmed, told police they had urged Chishti not to interfere with the papers, Jaffri said.
“They protested that he should not add something to the evidence and he should give the evidence to the police as he got it and should not do this,” Jaffri said.
“But they said Chishti said: ‘You know this is the only way to expel the Christians from this area’.”
On August 24 Chishti told AFP he thought Rimsha had burned the pages deliberately as part of a Christian “conspiracy” to insult Muslims and said action should have been taken sooner to stop what he called their “anti-Islam activities” in Mehrabad.
Jaffri said the cleric was arrested at his home on Saturday under the blasphemy law.
“By putting these pages in the ashes he also committed desecration of the Holy Quran and he is being charged with blasphemy,” he said.
A medical report earlier this week said Rimsha appeared to be around 14 years old, which would make her a minor, and had a mental age below her true age, but the court has yet to decide whether to accept the assessment.
Some reports have said Rimsha has Down’s Syndrome and her case has prompted concern from Western governments and anger from rights groups, who warn the blasphemy legislation is often abused to settle personal vendettas.
She is being held in a high-security jail in Islamabad’s twin city Rawalpindi and on Friday a judge extended her remand for another two weeks.



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21 Comments

  1. Mashhood Elahi Khan said:

    Would it not be in the fitness of things to see this man – Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti – be punished to the fullest extent of the law? Here’s a man who – even though he happens to be a man of cloth – has chosen to willfully desecrate the good book. What could be more repulsive and depraved than this?

  2. Mashhood Khan said:

    Would it not be in the fitness of things to see this man – Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti – be punished to the fullest extent of the law? Here's a man who – even though he happens to be a man of cloth – has chosen to willfully desecrate the good book. What could be more repulsive and depraved than this?

  3. Ahmad said:

    If anyone use blasphemy law to attain his own desired results, he should be executed under the Blasphemy act…plz amend act 295B & 295C accordingly…

  4. Mashhood Elahi Khan said:

    Would it not be in the fitness of things to see this man – Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti – be punished to the fullest extent of the law? Here's a man who – even though he happens to be a man of cloth – has chosen to willfully desecrate the good book. What could be more repulsive and depraved than this?

  5. AAMIR said:

    The misuse of the law should equally be treated as blasphemy!! otherwise such incidences would keep occurring. Hang this Blasphemous Mullah!!

  6. Avais Viqar Ahmed vi said:

    He should be given an exemplary punishment, bastard

  7. Moulvi Kutta said:

    Kick his….. and then let a few mushtanday have little fun. You know what I am talking about. He deserves the worst one can think.

  8. maria said:

    god has done us lathi ba awaz ha rimsha relase humara khudawand zinda khuda ha apna logon ki hefazat karta ha

  9. Liz said:

    Outrage at the burning of the book but not one mention of the real crime here – a crime against a disabled child! Are there no depths that these Imams will not sink to?

  10. Truth said:

    LET RIMSHA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY IS SHE STILL IN JAIL?
    OUTRAGEOUS and WRONG!

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