[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Pakistani imam acquitted of blasphemy

Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti had accused a Christian girl of blasphemy before he himself was charged with the same.

Last Modified: 17 Aug 2013 20:46
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti was accused of tampering with evidence against Rimsha Masih. [EPA]

A Pakistani court has acquitted an imam who accused a Christian girl of blasphemy before he himself was arrested on similar charges, a lawyer said.

The court dismissed all charges against Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti and acquitted him on Saturday, Chisti's lawyer Wajid Ali Gilani told the AFP news agency.

The prosecution had failed to prove the charges while all the witnesses had withdrawn their accusations, Gilani said.

Chishti was accused of desecrating the Quran and tampering with the evidence against Rimsha Masih.

Masih, was arrested in August 2012 for allegedly burning pages containing Quranic verses, but the case against her was quashed following global condemnation.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan, where 97 percent of the population are Muslims, and under the country's penal code insulting the Prophet Mohammed can be punished by death.

135

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
NSA whistleblower Snowden and journalist Greenwald accuse Wellington of mass spying on New Zealanders.
Whatever the referendum's outcome, energy created by the grassroots independence campaign has changed Scottish politics.
Traders and farmers struggle to cope as restrictions on travel prevent them from doing business and attending to crops.
Unique mobile messaging service, mMitra, helps poor pregnant women in Mumbai fight against maternal mortality.
Influential independence figure has been key in promoting Scottish nationalism, but will his efforts succeed?
join our mailing list