11-year-old Christian girl accused of blasphemy

Published: August 18, 2012

Police say girl burned a Noorani Qaida and threw it in garbage. Accused sent to juvenile jail on judicial remand. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: An 11-eleven-year old Christian girl was accused of blasphemy and arrested for allegedly burning pages of a Noorani Qaida, a booklet used to learn the basics of the Holy Quran.

Officials of the Ramna Police Station told The Express Tribune that the girl, named Rifta Masih, had burned a Noorani Qaida on August 16 and threw it in garbage after putting it in a plastic bag. Masih belonged to the rural area of Mehrabadi, which is next to the G-11 sector in Islamabad.

Soon after the incident, residents of the area had gathered to lodge their protest. The protesters also allegedly beat up the girl and her mother, while the rest of the girl’s family managed to escape.

The Kashmir Highway was also blocked by the protesters, but they dispersed after the police lodged an FIR of the case and took Rifta into custody.

The girl has been sent to a juvenile jail on judicial remand.

The news emerged when a website called “Christians in Pakistan” reported the incident. The report alleges that Rifta has Down syndrome and was falsely accused of burning 10 pages of the Holy Quran.

The report added that the complaint against the girl was filed by Alsyed Muhammad Ummad. It also states that the girl suffers from Down Syndrome.

Scores of Pakistanis have been harassed and implicated in false cases instituted by misusing the country’s blasphemy laws. Additionally, allegations of blasphemy have led to assassinations, extrajudicial killings and threats to life and property.

Reader Comments (226)

  • Jat
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:16PM

    Bravo Pakistanis ! Is there no heinous deed that you cannot do ?

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  • Concerned
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:18PM

    An 11 year-old girl targeted for her faith. These laws are being misused – they’re too weak and too indiscriminate. Appropriate legislation to strengthen the laws must be introduced. Pakistan is becoming a fascist state.

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  • Animal Farm - Desi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:21PM

    This is even beyond jungle law.

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  • Ahmed HM
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:21PM

    I am still surprised how do these medically sick people find Quran in the first place. Previously, it was reported that a mentally retarded individual took the Holy Quran and burnt it in public, the public later burning him as well. Now, we have this 11 year old Christian girl who somehow burns pages of the Holy Quran.
    There is no denying that any law can be used against anyone, but I am sure that it serves the purpose of tribune to attack blasphemy law as well as Islamic values.

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:22PM

    This is the land of the purest of the pure.

    Any impurity in the form of shia, barelvi, ahmedi, christian, hindu, jew, atheist and agnostic strictly forbidden !

    Even if you are a minor, deranged or clinically insane, we dont care.

    Welcome to the Islamic Caliphate of Pakistan :)

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  • C. Nandkishore
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Now what will happen to the poor girl? Burning or stoning?

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  • sabi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Eleven-year old???

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  • Winky
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:26PM

    Pakistan shining.

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  • OG
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:26PM

    for gods sake please get rid of this medieval blasphemy law! countless people have suffered courtesy of Ziaul Haq

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  • afzaalkhan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:29PM

    This is really messed up Arrest the guy who has complained and make him an example

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  • Faisal Khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:31PM

    here we go again…

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  • Gul Khan Momand
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:31PM

    ET enough is enough. Now stop promoting all these false news. This newspaper has turned into a full time source of promoting hatred among different religious sects.

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  • Osama
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:31PM

    I pray the girl, a minor and with down syndrome, is not subjected to mob justice!

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  • Arsalan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:32PM

    great! but why just arrest her, why not kill her on the spot…that way all the mentally handicapped people will be vary of never doing anything blasphemous….that makes sense, right!

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  • sam
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:32PM

    why would some one burn Quran and why would some one convict her.Crazy. ET keep giving me shocks everyday.only 1% news are true.rest all fabricated.

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  • Toba Alu
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:32PM

    Shame shame shame on you. Who has the Down Syndrome here that is the question.

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  • J T
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Arresting a child who’s got down’s syndrome, seriously??!! Where do you folks stop at with this farcical display of love for religion?

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  • FJ
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Whats the point of mentioning address, do you want all the family being killed by fanaticis?Recommend

  • 1984
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:34PM

    Even a girl with Down Syndrome is not safe in Pakistan…..

    There are people who are less intelligent than her

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  • Umer
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Its Ramzan so every deed has greater reward.

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  • Ash
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:40PM

    The girl had down’s syndrome, We will never learn! Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:41PM

    May Allah keep the minorities safe in this country where moulvis seem to have gone nuts.

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  • Naeem Malik(Dublin)
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Enough is enough with this blasphemy law. History tell us there will be always abuser of religion in every society but majority in Pakistan society failed to recognize that biggest threat to religion credibility is from their implementers or enforcers…who claim to be protector of it.

    That’s why in 21 century Islam is more linked to intolerance and violence, than any other religion.Recommend

  • azam
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:45PM

    really shameful on part of alsyed muhammad ummad.

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  • Zahra
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:50PM

    what is wrong with these holier than thou people?!!!

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  • Floating float
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:50PM

    I’m ashamed to be a Pakistani. Can;t wait to leave this pathetic country.

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  • patriot
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:51PM

    I see the problem in the overall police system. An overhaul of police process is required… this is one incident of how police behaves illogically and irrationally

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  • Prakash
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Shocking!

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  • paki christian
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Shia killings.Checked.Ahmadis Persecution. Checked. Christians accused of blasphemy. Checked. Eid Mubarak to all Muslims!

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  • common sense
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Has not God given you guys even the basic common sense or you all continue to live in stone ages!!
    A girl that needs help, burnt holy pages inadvertently and the authority arrests her. What kind of justice is it?
    Or is the Govt/people/ so insecure ?

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  • Dani
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Sigh. Recommend

  • suraj
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Leading towards stone age..

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  • An Infidel
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Another gift by muslims of Pakistan to the non-muslims of Pakistan on Eid….Thanks and regards. Hope you saved Islam from his 11 year old girl suffering from Down’s syndrome.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:58PM

    The case should be investigate thoroughly by the government, as an eleven old Christian girl cannot become biased against the Holy Book Quran, Noorani Qaida or even the religion Islam.

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  • Umer
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:00PM

    Why do so many such events happen in Ramazan?

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  • nitish
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:06PM

    ET,what r you doing?where is my comment?

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  • Aug 18, 2012 - 8:07PM

    After hearing this type of news, myself and my friends in Brazil support drone strikes on all Pakistan soil.

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  • Zahra
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:09PM

    @Gul Khan Momand:
    are you in fasailabad? or you think people are incapable of such things?

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  • Zaman Punyali
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:13PM

    A Noorani Qaida is not a Quran at first place. It only carries Arabic alphabet and some basic Arabic text. So technically Quran isn’t burnt.

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  • sabi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:20PM

    mullah paving way for God’s wreath.

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  • vasan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:22PM

    Okay, Keyboard warriors, You have all poured in ur feelings. Have a coffee break. Come ready for typing the comments for the next entertainment from pakistan after just 5 minutes.

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  • Masroor
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:23PM

    I am sure this is a conspiracy to defame Pakistan and Islam which is a religion of peace and the fastest-growing religion in the world.

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  • Not required
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:24PM

    This is an indication of where this country is heading and will eventually be in a few years time.

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  • Me
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:25PM

    This is wrong and shameful, I am Pakistani and I do good for people as much as I can. I can’t stand these sick people and their sick acts and the projection they get – and the failure of the state to control this crazy insensibility and hence putting all decent Pakistanis through all this Pakistani bashing. What do we do to end this ?! Help and advise !Recommend

  • Aug 18, 2012 - 8:25PM

    It’s a sad day in the day of a Christian girl with down syndrome. Let’s pray for the repeal of this blashempy law and all other laws against minorities in Pakistan.

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:26PM

    @Paki Christian who writes “Shia killings.Checked.Ahmadis Persecution. Checked. Christians accused of blasphemy. Checked. Eid Mubarak to all Muslims!”

    What about Hindus that were pushed out of the country?

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  • Masroor
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:26PM

    @C. Nandkishore:
    Indians just keep quiet. What about Narinder Modi, Babri Masjid and your caste system?Recommend

  • sabi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:27PM

    Don’t bash mullah this is his bread and butter.Bash on the cowardice of authorities.shame!

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  • Vikram
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:27PM

    Down syndrome or psychosis is no reason to excuse any one for Blasphemy. Pakistani Muslims have responsibility to save Islam and Allah from Blasphemy. I hope Muslims all over Pakistan will protest and demand a harsh punishment for this girl. It does not matter if this girl has an IQ of 40. Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:28PM

    How awful, 11 years old? Pakistan continues to surprise all those who had hoped the country had reached rock bottom. Obviously not. Wake up people. What are doing to yourselves and your reputation around the world.

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  • Mj
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:30PM

    Ashamed to share my country with such barbaric and intolerant masses.

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  • choptocut
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:32PM

    Mullah ka Pakistan… run for ur faith nay your lives

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  • Zara
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:33PM

    @Jakos:
    So because of one poor girl’s fate, you want millions of people dead? You want to bomb millions of innocent people because of what happens to a few innocent? How does that make you better than those who beat the girl and lodged a complaint against her?

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  • mmk
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:34PM

    The girl is a maid. She works in one of the houses nearby and she was given radi by her owner to burn and throw away. She is illiterate and a also a christain how on earth was she to know these are pages of the holy quran! She is 11 years old didnt even know what she was doing. For Gods sake guys use some common sense.
    Express tribune please get to the depth of this story you are miss reporting!
    Is this the PAkistan Quaid made for the minorities

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  • sabi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:37PM

    Pkistan- take suo-moto before God takes suo-moto.no joke.

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  • qzj00
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:38PM

    @patriot:
    What did police do wrong here? They have to follow the law, and also, arresting the girl might have saved her from death and/or injury at the hand of the mob. Sadly, mindsets can not be controlled by law. This is Pakistan . . even if blasphemy law is repelled, mob-justice will still prevail.

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  • moonjely sony
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:40PM

    great! but why just arrest her, why not kill her on the spot…,she should be stoned to DEATH, by the person who filed the FIR(should be given nishan he haider), in front of the mullahs, the religious minister and the police.This will be the greatest offering to ALLAH ON THIS EID.This should be televised live on all channels.GREAT MOMENT FOR PAKISTAN.

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  • sabi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:42PM

    Pakistan inches away from becoming theocratic state

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  • Vikram
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:42PM

    @Umer: So any one who kills a Blasphemer, can take his family to heaven also. Way to go.

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  • Salman mirza
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:43PM

    Uff ! Kids are supposed to be loved , not to be punished. My nephew has down syndrome . They are very lovable and special . Please don’t treat like them. God! Its just shocking. Mullahiyath is a disease , it lacks reasoning and the human values for compassion , love and tolerance.

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  • Ali
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:44PM

    ET. for god sake stop giving coverage to such news. you are the reason why pakistan is insulted so much internationally. If you look at india there are thousands of such cases taking place every month but their media does not give coverage to such news. Thats the difference between pakistani and an indian media

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  • Vikram
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:46PM

    @common sense:
    Some Muslim might have done this. The person knew girl’s mental condition and planned this to make the family run, so that he can have their belongings and/or property.

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  • Thana Ansari
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:46PM

    If true, this news is disorienting, infuriating and horrifying. As terrible as I feel for the poor child and her family, I am very concerned that the international media is going to have a field day with this information. However, justice can only be meted out when atrocities are brought to light… and frankly hundreds have become victims thanks to the blasphemy law.
    Pakistan can’t be an islamic republic and a secular state, at some point we HAVE to make a definitive decision.
    Also I have serious doubts about the authenticity of the article, it’s vague and any details are uncorroborated. Moreover, the tribune is somewhat infamous for sensationalism and BAD journalism.

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  • ss
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:50PM

    are you serious???? i mean even 11 years old kids are not spared??

    i feel ashamed to be pakistani :-/

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  • Surjit Singh Khokhar
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:51PM

    There cannot be a more evident sign of a Nation’s death.

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  • Aug 18, 2012 - 8:51PM

    thanks to General Zia…

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  • Iron hand
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Just change the name of the country to “Sunni Islamistan” where only the pure Sunni Muslims live. Make Afghanistan part of Sunni Islamistan as well. All the dissafected Sunni Islamists of the world can then immigrate into Sunni Islamistan in exchange for Pakistani Ahmadis and Christians. The Pakistani Shiites can relocate to Iraq or Iran in an exchange with the Sunnis living in those countries. India will take the Pakistani Hindus in exchange for India’s Islmamists, and everyone will be happy. Summi Islmamistan can then implement the Sharia to it’s heart’s content, and ban everything that needs to be banned. The nations of the world will chip in to build a huge electric fense surrounding Summi Islamistan to keep out the impure – problem solved.

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  • Mj
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:53PM

    @Ali:
    “ET. for god sake stop giving coverage to such news. you are the reason why pakistan is insulted so much internationally. If you look at india there are thousands of such cases taking place every month but their media does not give coverage to such news. Thats the difference between pakistani and an indian media”

    You care more about the ‘reputation’ of the country rather than the life of an innocent child which is in imminent danger? ET’s job is to report the news and hold up the mirror to reflect society’s beauty and ugliness.

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  • hassan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:53PM

    why tribune not allowing my comments. i can see indian and anti-pakistani comments on your forum and my comments are blocked. is this forum supported by indians or for indians.

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  • Awans
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:58PM

    @Ali: Mr Ali I am a Pakistani and I know we are the biggest Hypocrites on the planet. Do you know in Punjab hundreds of people are in jail on Blasphemy cases and all are Chrsitians and Ahmedis and you want to silence ET on such news???. The people like you just want to silence the media. You are a mockery to the world because you are doing such heinous acts. Stop telling ET not to publish these news. They are speaking truth and it is very dangerous for Hypocrites Tableeghis living in West and try to silence voices in Pakistan.

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  • Reddy
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:02PM

    @Ali: even in this despondent situation,he couldn’t resist himself to bring India into it.

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  • Matt
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:04PM

    Blasphemy is a victimless crime that deserves no punishment. What a barbaric, backwards people. Disgusting.

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  • ali
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:05PM

    Iran should take the Shias

    India Hindus………….west the Christians………….

    When all will be gone these people will start killing each other……………..Recommend

  • Anjum Hameed
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:17PM

    This is such a ridiculous action that I can’t find words to express myself.. I am a Muslum, and daily I am more and more ashamed of being one with these insane acts going on in Pakistan.. killing Shias, Ahmedis, deciding one is superior than the other, this is no Islam.. I don’t follow the religion that is being propagated in my country these days..do NOT call it Islam, that is a disgrace to the Prophets and Gods name..

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  • Ravinder Kaushik Tiger
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:20PM

    @Haris Chaudhry:
    Jews have already been driven out in 1948, others to follow.

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  • Anjum Hameed
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:21PM

    @Vikram, since you don’t have a Muslim name, why are you getting a twisted up?.. and if ur comment was tongue-in-cheek, well you’re really not funny..

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  • afzaalkhan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:26PM

    God will not forgive us for this someone plz have this girl release plz for God sake plz

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  • unbeliever
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:27PM

    among the top 10 commented articles on ET right now, as many as 8 articles are concerned with religion, while in the rest of the world religion is considered a passe, or a personal affair.

    and, it goes a long way to prove as to why pakistan is going to find itself in soup in this decade.

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  • Asok
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:27PM

    This is a CIA/RAW/Mossad conspiracy to defame Pakistan.

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  • nitish
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:37PM

    @Masroor: I dont know about babri masjid but Narendra madi and caste system we like that.Recommend

  • Umer
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:37PM

    @Ali:

    ET. for god sake stop giving coverage to such news.

    That’s right. Supress all news of oppression. Pretend Pakistan is all heaven while people are being killed, persecuted and oppressed. Let things get worst, do not talk.

    How about getting rid of the blasphemy law instead, the root of this issue?

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  • Maqbool
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:40PM

    I think most of Pakistani people does not keep civic sense .country like Pakistan which is facing tremendous international pressure still doing such insane acts.how can a eleven year old girl be criminalRecommend

  • Summayah
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:44PM

    Pakistan! What kind of joke have you become! You arrest disabled children for burning the Quran, even Though there was no ill intention! Yet you continue to abuse the Quran yourself by hating the shariah- when you allow drones to kill children, allow politicians to steal, allow millions to suffer in hunger and poverty! This is the kind of fake shariah implemented to please the dumb Muslims who have no care for Pakistan or Islam!

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  • Atheist
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:46PM

    When oppression, persecution and tyranny reaches the ultimate limit and crosses all boundaries in a society, a savior comes to the rescue…I feel the time has come to send that avatar to pakistan…time has come to send ‘smiling buddha’ to pakistan…

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  • Indian
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:46PM

    @Ali: What nonsense argument! I have never seen people justifying such incidences on the basis of “national honor”.. Instead of calling “spade a spade” and justice to the poor little girl who was beaten by crowd you are more worried about national honor. No wonder Pakistan has reached to this stage where bombing, killing, abduction has become day to day event.

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  • SoullessHumanity
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:49PM

    This news comes as no surprise given the fact that it’s from Pakistan. After all, it’s the same country where in one of its cities, a ten year old girl was expelled from school and the family had to leave the city they lived in because the girl had misspelled an Islamic word.

    So, after targeting adults, minors and those suffering from disabilities, who’s next on the list? I guess that only leaves out the toddlers, infants and animals.

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  • aq.inqalabi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:49PM

    For God sake its an 11 yr old kid!

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  • jhan6120
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:50PM

    When moderate and peace loving Muslims stand up and fight radical Islam, these horrors will stop. It’s up to MUSLIMS to pull Islam out of the 7th century!! This will be very hard to do with countries like Saudi Arabia spending BILLIONS of dollars a year to import Wahabism and so forth. Nonetheless, tolerant, peace-loving Muslims MUST stand up against the barbarity of radical Islam and stop pointing their fingers at everyone else. It begins with YOU!!

    And don’t talk to me about ‘tolerance.’ When Islam allows synagogues and churches to be built in Mecca, I’ll CONSIDER tolerance – MAYBE. Radical Islam uses the whole ‘tolerance’ act in order to dupe western leftists to their cause. I won’t sacrifice reason to political correctness in order to mollify hyporcites and murderers.

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  • Rukhshan Haroon
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:50PM

    Oh come on Muslims, this isn’t what Islam teaches!

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  • Aug 18, 2012 - 9:54PM

    Our police is very efficient. Naysayers have been proven wrong.

    Beautiful news.

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  • Babar
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:57PM

    Nest time they gonna accuse someone in the womb of their mother.

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  • Babar
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:57PM

    Ahmedis, Hindus, Shias, Christians….. This country is not for anyone of them.

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  • Logic europe
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:57PM

    Supremecourt is busy which
    hunting and suporter of extreemist When it had opportunity it sided with kidnapers Why not take pseudo moto

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  • Tariq
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:57PM

    Believe it or not, this blasphemy law alone has cost this country too much, consider it directly or indirectly.
    But Alas! Khuda ny aj tak us qaum ki halat nhi badli, na ho jis ko khayal ap apni halat k badalney ka…
    Mark my words, this country can not see a glimpse of success without developing an environment of peace for minorities and unless this nation learns to live with religious tolerance.

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  • imme
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:59PM

    Its awful to have such incidents happening at the rate beyond one’s understanding . Respect for all is the essence & teaching of Islam .Tolerance is one of the core values of Islam .Its really shocking to see that a mob was gathered by a person to save Islam and holy Quran from an 11 years old girl with a disability .He should be booked equally since he watched that happening and instead of with a polite and mannerly way avoid that kid to commit it rather he took an occasion to make it an issue .
    We Pakistanis have taken on ourself the responsibility of saving quran & Prophet (PBUH ) Legacy when even we are not worth to be called his followers .He was a symbol of peace and tolerance and we are bunch of retards to commit every crime in name of religion .
    Finally if we don’t stop the way we have been preaching our hatred , our generations will have nothing but a society with hate hate and just hate .

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  • ex-diplomat
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:02PM

    Nothing surprises me any more

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  • Turbo Lover
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Happy Eid, everyone.

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  • akash
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:16PM

    Pakistan…a country of converts Pakistan might be the only country where invaders are decorated & ancestors are prosecuted.
    What else can you expect.

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  • Nasir Khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:20PM

    In this vicious cycle of violence and inhumanity, the Sunnis have specially targeted Shias, Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, etc.

    The Christians of Pakistan have been the most oppressed and marginalised socially, economically and politically. They are also the most vulnerable people in Pakistan and they become an easy prey of the rage of ignorant Muslim masses, who are always provoked by their preachers and mullahs to commit crimes against the Christians. Now in the name of the so-called blasphemy laws, any Muslim mischief-monger can accuse a Christian of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran or Islam. As a result, innocent Christians are victimised and penalised by the Muslims. It is high time for the democratic forces and all people of good-will in Pakistan to stand for the equal rights of all religious communities in Pakistan and call for the abrogation of the blasphemy laws. Instead Pakistan should have laws against those people who preach hatred against any religious sect or religious minorities and provoke violence in the name of a pure ‘Islam’. What is happening in Pakistan in the name of pure ‘Islam’ has nothing to do with the Islam; it is barbarism, pure and simple.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:23PM

    Sad and bad news. For God’s sake have mercy upon your religon and your own people. Intolerance is bursting the fabric of the society at its seams.
    Please be humane. Eleven year child is a child and cannot understand such gimmicks.

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  • RS
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:27PM

    Blasphemy, is there any one who would be kind enough to describe it’s definition? Each day in every civil, appeal, session, high n SC court people with beard n others hold Holly Quran n Swear to “tell the truth, nothing but the truth” but most of them (sorry to say) lie. Is this action comes in “blasphemy” if not than can some one explain why not?

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  • DevilHunterX
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:35PM

    PPP, MQM, ANP, PML(All of them), PTI et al are all silent on this matter. Should we act surprised?

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  • Sid
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:39PM

    You re newspaper is hate mongering and is now resposible for creating divisions amongst the people. The news reports you are publishing are happening in the illiteracy centre of Pakistan. These people name there children “iblees” as they saw this name mentioned in the quran several times. What do you expect from them. What happens is you potray Pakistans image as an intolerant state. Certain terrorist groups are killing shia with the help of India to incite ethnic violence and ET is ever present to tell the world Pakistan is intolerant. ET you will not put this comment i know. I have hindu christians shia ahmedi athiest in my friends circle. I am a sunni i love them all and yes ET i am a Pakistani. Recommend

  • zeeshan sheikh
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:41PM

    Show me the video proof of the protest . I don’t believe Express tribune.

    look at caption “11 year old disabled christian girl” perfect caption for anti pakistan propoganda.

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  • Parvez
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:43PM

    It took hour to pass a ‘bad law’ to protect one man against contempt of court, luckily this was struck down.
    How many years will it take to amend this law ,bad as it stands, so that it is not misused.

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  • Salman
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:44PM

    Yet another such incident in Punjab…..I have really started doubting IQ level of some of the Punjabis . In other provinces, there are other communal violence, racism etc but in Punjab people are way conservative. Recommend

  • hassan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:45PM

    stop complaning everybody. Everywhere this kinda events taking place. USA burning muslims mosque, rest of world disrespecting our prophet (PBUH), non-muslims burning quran in india, afghanistan. India kills lot lot of muslim, burma killing muslim. No where media is talking and our media sponsored by foreign agencies, always exaggerating things.
    How will non-muslims feel if someone burns their holly book, destroy their church and temple infront of them, disrespect their prophets and father. there so called freedom of speech is hurting the feeling of muslims.
    all the bad things the non-muslim do in the name of freedom of speech hurting and depressing muslims and making them angry and kinda fundamentalist due to hate.
    i can see lot of minorities in my city enjoying their religious freedom. Minorities should feel free to do whatever they want but shouldn’t disrespect muslims…..

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  • Umer
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:53PM

    @Sid:

    You re newspaper is hate mongering and is now resposible for creating divisions amongst the people. The news reports you are publishing are happening in the illiteracy centre of Pakistan.

    Does it mean it should be ignored and not fixed?

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  • sunny
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:54PM

    PatheticRecommend

  • Rizwan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:56PM

    @jhan6120
    Growing up in the 70s I have seen with my own eyes the effect of Saudi money on the radicalization of my school friends.

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  • Ex-Muslim Athiest
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Allama Iqbal and Muhammed Ali Jinnah wasted their time.

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  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Why did they not send her home ?

    Judicial remand ? 11 year old!

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  • Umer
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:00PM

    @hassan:

    How will non-muslims feel if someone burns their holly book, destroy their church and temple infront of them, disrespect their prophets and father.

    This is regularly done in Pakistan. Gojra is just one incident where Christians, Churches and bibles were burnt with no punishment whatsoever to the culprits even though everyone knew who they were. What is your point?

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  • Rational dickie
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:01PM

    Faith triumphs-the cost is reason.

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  • Maha
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:19PM

    kids do all kind of stuff.. why do people care so much. Also how did a Christian girl end up with the Noorani Qaida. Who gave it to her?

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  • O B Server
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:22PM

    Why is it not a blasphemy when the so called Muslims deface or remove Kalma Tayyabah or Quranic text from Ahmadi mosques or dismantle the minarets of mosques which were there even before Pakistan creation? Why worry about Babari Mosque then!

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  • Vikram
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:33PM

    @mmk:
    Muslims have to follow Imams who follow Quran. Common sense id not allowed.

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  • Wiki
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:39PM

    I m surprised that how she find pages of quraan majeed? Why didnt she find pages of bible or any other book. It is planned by someone..Recommend

  • Vikram
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:39PM

    @Ali: Most papers in Pakistan has ignored this news because it is a 11 year old Christian
    girl is in jail. I wonder when world community of Christians will wake up and help these Christians. People like Ali are as dangerous as Mullahs or people who are after this girl.

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:39PM

    we can repeal blasphemy law but the mindset will still remain the same unfortunately. blocking a highway for this incident and that too in capital of Pakistan? Just shameful.

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  • Goatam
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:43PM

    Common sense says even a maniac can not dare to burn holy book in this country, and why will any one do it? Not possible.

    It is responsibility of state to make laws which shall not be misused and harm fellow Pakistanis . And if any law is commonly mis used then state shall act immediately to repeal such laws.

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  • Usman S.
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:53PM

    Simply insane!!! For God’s sake since when a Noornai Qaida has become Quran!! it is just an Arabic learning booklet. Shame on us as a society for permiting this kind of high-handness against the minorities.

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  • Zulfikar
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:57PM

    Is Noorani Qaida holy book? I remember its just arabic words arranged for grammatically correct recitation of Quran. The booklet itself does not have any excerpt from Quran Shareef

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  • Adeel Salman
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:16AM

    @Sid: And FYI you are stupid as well… because ET has brought something to the public. An issue that needs to be addressed… so what that you have shia, ahmedi, hindu etc friends… what have you done to stop the persecution of minorities… what did you do in the case of Aasia bibi… stop living in your bubble and face the fact… that Pakistan is an islamic fundamentalist state ruled by the mullahs… either do something about it or stay quiet… but stop denying the facts!

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  • Adeel Salman
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:20AM

    @hassan: your sick narrow view is nauseating… FYI the muslims enjoy complete religious freedom in USA… no one is burning their mosques… have you ever been to US??? because from what you have written it is clear that you have no idea how things are in US… if it is so bad why dont your precious persecuted muslims come back to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan… NO they choose to stay there and exploit the quality of life provided there…
    for once stop playing the victim and own up to the atrocities that have been carried out in the name of Islam… Let me put it this way… if you are so concerned about Islam being persecuted why dont ALL MUSLIMS LIVE IN PAKISTAN since it is an Islamic ideological state…
    Pathetic… simply pathetic…

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  • Trojan
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:35AM

    @Ahmed HM:
    Could it be that mentally unstable non-Muslim individuals are somehow on purpose handed these Islamic and Quranic texts by mentally stable Muslims with vile intention, just so they can create an excuse to beat up the minorities?

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  • Trojan
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:41AM

    How did a Christian girl come to the possession of a Noorani Qaida? Only Muslims have access to it. Goes to show that it was supplied to the girl in question by Blasphemy chargers.

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  • Zico
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:41AM

    First of all is there any evidence and burned part of Quran left which leads to accused one!???! secondly there is no Quranic verse that allow to kill a human for blasphemy. if it is then put forward … thirdly child is suffering from syndrome …. and fourth is girl is not adult .. so Shari’a does not allow any immature and non – adult to get punishment …

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  • kaalchakra
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:44AM

    Unfortunate that even today because of ignorance – I am not going to blame the poor little girl – the Holy Quran is not able to receive the proper respect it so richly deserves. Minorities should be educated about different ways to be careful.

    I hope the blasphemer is treated with leniency in this case. Death sentence may be excessive, given the extenuating circumstances, although we should not pre-judge the case.

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  • Asad Kayani
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:51AM

    @Pakistanis : What is wrong with you People???

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  • Suraj
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:18AM

    AWWWW how awful! I am a Christain too! It means we Minorities don’t have any type of Protection in this Country! Is this Islam? Islam teaches to be Nice and Generous with Children’s and Non-Muslims! What type of Respect with get from this Country? Now I know why Hindu- Pakistani left To India! Just because of Lack of care of the Minorities. If the girl has did such a Thing u should investigate neither betting her and her mother! Is this Humanity? I don’t think so! That’s why I am also Afraid to Live in Pakistan! Very bad news! People take laws in their own hands!

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:19AM

    Ch Ch!!!! Earlier I used to feel a sense of anger over this sort of news from Pakistan, but now I feel a sense of extreme pity for the people of Pakistan, particularly for the sane Pakistanis!!!!

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  • saleem tahir
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:21AM

    An 11 year old unfortunate girl with Down syndrome accused of and arrested for committing blesphemy.Even if she did it she is mentally challanged .
    Question, is if the whole nation especially the rabid clergy brain dead ?

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  • Sad
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:31AM

    @Vikram:
    Are you serious…..Duh!

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  • Sana
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:32AM

    How typically tribun-ish this news item is.. only appears on a web page n then taken on the ET main stream! stop promoting this hatred among reliogions without any solid proof of the event. Just a name, and u make the story.

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  • Aug 19, 2012 - 1:37AM

    I did not want to put anything negative because its just before Eid – but I have to speak up and not just me ALL of us should especially Pakistanis who call themselves Muslims!

    Look at the way this persecution of now an innocent downs syndrome 11 year old little girl is being done in Pakistan – is this the Eid Present that your Mullahs in Pakistan are offering our world?

    You cry tears for others in Palestine, Burma and nations everywhere – yet at your own doorstep, in your own house persecution and abuse of Islam is being carried out and you look the other way?

    Shame on you!

    And Eid Mubarak to those who are willing to help the innocent, poor, weak from whatever background!

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  • Mahmood
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:40AM

    Let alone the fact that these people are picking on a minor what proof do they have other than word of those accusing the girl?

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  • raymond rtm
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:53AM

    If Pakistan is so pure, why are you over here?

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  • ali.sindhi
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:09AM

    pakistan drones are best for you

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  • kafir
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:12AM

    Drones…..where are drones?

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  • Fundyar
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:26AM

    Really?
    Firstly I doubt she burned it
    And even if we did didn’t prophet teach us forgiveness
    By love u win others.
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  • anonymus
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:31AM

    I ma crying to read this as i ave 11 year daughter also. what a shame to misue my religion for this honor killing.of this whole family.

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  • Vikram
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:32AM

    @mmk:{“”The girl is a maid. She works in one of the houses nearby and she was given radi by her owner to burn and throw away”

    Mullahs should go and punish this girl’s employer.May be her employer did it knowingly to force the family to convert to Islam.

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  • goose
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:32AM

    @Ali:
    I don’t know where you get the comparison with India from but that’s not my point – I believe it is imperative that the media cover such cases, all over the world as otherwise, how will the plight of such mistreated people reach our ears? If the media anywhere doesn’t report such things, they are acting in cahoots with the perpetrators of these crimes…every small incident affecting the common man should be highlighted so we wake up and ask questions – and in our so called democracies – numbers matter – so when more voices ask questions, these politicians are also forced to act.

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  • Mujtaba Rizvi
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:39AM

    Iqbal had rightly said – Deen e mullah fee sabeelillah fasaad

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  • Khalid
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:55AM

    After killing of Shias, Ahmadis, Hindus, Barelvis the brave and pious from the land of pure top up their happiness of Ramadhan by celebrating 3 Eids and accusing a minor girl with down syndrome with Blasphemy. Eid Mubarak to all.

    By the way, has anyone accused of blasphemy in the past got a fair trial? I think not because they are killed before that. That reminds me the second Khalifa of Islam who abolished the punishment of cutting hands for theft by saying that unless he cannot guarantee the food safety for all the citizens, he cannot punish any hungry if he steels food. In the same way if Pakistani state cannot ensure a free and fair trial of accused and save their life from people who take law into their own hand, it is high time the blasphemy laws should be revoked.

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  • Vikram
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:58AM

    @Awans:
    Some one should a blog on these people who are in jail for Blasphemy.

    An Ahmadi man is in jail for refusing to remove a translation of a Quranic text that read: “O people of faith always speak the straight truth” hanging in his shop.

    Many Ahmadis get arrested for posing as Muslims.

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  • Vikram
    Aug 19, 2012 - 3:13AM

    @Maqbool:
    her crime is being born as an infidel in a very religious country that does not know what is the pupose of islam. Every Muslim Pakistani is trying to go to heaven.

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  • antanu g
    Aug 19, 2012 - 3:18AM

    @Nadeem:
    the question is why such acts of hurting rhe religious sentiments have become so frequent.while criticizing the barberic reaction we must also condemn the acts such as burning of koranRecommend

  • Omar
    Aug 19, 2012 - 3:59AM

    Shame on the self-claimed protectors of Islam. When they are in countries like Japan they pretend to be Ahmadis or Christians while they persecute them in Pakistan. When they are in North America their second wives become their sisters or aunts to escape the law. Shame on you.

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