Rimsha case: Rehman Malik constitutes investigation committee

Published: September 6, 2012

SSP Tahir Alam to head committee, submit report daily to judicial magistrate. PHOTO: PID/ FILE

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has constituted an investigation committee, headed by SSP Tahir Alam, to probe the Rimsha Masih case, reported Express News on Thursday.

SSP Alam has been ordered to hand a report daily to the judicial magistrate, while the chief commissioner has been ordered to cooperate with the ulema in investigations.

Fourteen-year-old Rimsha has been in custody since being arrested in a poor Islamabad suburb, Mehrabadia, three weeks ago, accused of burning papers containing verses from the Holy Quran, in breach of strict blasphemy laws.

Recently, the police arrested Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, the imam of the mosque in Rimsha’s area who first submitted the burnt papers as evidence against her, after his deputy told the police that he had tampered with the evidence. Two more witnesses had recorded statements against the cleric.

Reader Comments (21)

  • Was A Pakistani
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:50PM

    with evidence against the accuser stronger than the one against accused why isnt she being released. This is a stain on our national conscience we wont be able to get away with.

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  • Ali Mujtaba
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:16PM

    I feel so sorry to say that I feel shame to be a Pakistani.
    The Government is failed to provide security to poor girl and as a result they are keeping her in jail. 500-600 other christian families has already fled to another places to save their lives.

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  • Asok
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:31PM

    Delaying tactics. Release her. Then you can investigate.

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  • Aryabhat
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:38PM

    Another delaying tactic to keep that ppor girl behind bar.

    When Govt has statement of record that accuser cleric manipulated the case in first place, all that needs is someone to have GUTS and order release of that Girl!

    Everything else is and will be seen as willy washy!

    But then how can someone expect justice for non-muslims in “Land of Pure”!

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  • moonjely sony
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:42PM

    may be this girl is brutally assaulted and raped by the cops as soon as she is handed over to the police.by delaying the process , by mentally weak she has committed suicide. good tactics by the police to save the face.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:45PM

    “chief commissioner has been ordered to cooperate with the ulema in investigations”. Utterly insensible. Under what section of the constitution ulema has the authority to receive a report from the Chief Commissioner? Why are police officer reporting to religious leader of one faith. In analogy if police is to report to a Bishop re investigation against a priest.Recommend

  • Wiki
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:57PM

    I saw a program today on cnbc news channel and it is a conspiracy against the prayer leader khalid chishti.. hafiz zubair has been given some big amount by the liberals to testify against khalid chishti… All u r looking into the 1 side of the picture… Rimsha willingly burnt the holy pages and she is not minor she is 16 years old and good health.. the imam masjid should be frred and that girl should be hanged till death…Recommend

  • ashok
    Sep 6, 2012 - 8:29PM

    @Wiki:

    When Rimsha was caught 3 weeks back she was 11 year old minor. In three weeks, she has grown 3 yeras according to Malik and 5 years according to you.

    The problem with fanatics is that they consider any girl 9 year or above as marriageable and adult.

    What harm this girl can do if she is released immediately? What about the medical and psychological treatment for the torture (breaking arm and buring her body as reported in earlier reports) and trauma such a young girl has to go through for no fault of hers. Has Pakistan government allowed any access to her family members, lawyer, doctor, psychologist or Human Right Organization since the day she was taken into judicial custody and sent to jail?

    Does ET or distinguished readers have any source to address such genuine questions from a concerned human being?Recommend

  • Indian
    Sep 6, 2012 - 8:41PM

    how about releasing her, to start with?Recommend

  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 6, 2012 - 8:46PM

    @Wiki: “Rimsha willingly burnt the holy pages and she is not minor she is 16 years old and good health.. the imam masjid should be frred and that girl should be hanged till death” Then you have the gall to call Islam a religion of peace. Eye for an eye is a bad concept but in that case why not burn the few pages of her favorite children’s book. You are asking for someones life for few pages of a book published 1400 years ago. I do not think you are a parent and if you are I would like to know what kind of punishment you give them and what punishment you received from your father at age 13 or 16? Can someone enlighten me, a guy with low IQ,Please: Paper has a finite life. What do people do with Quran that is very very old and in pieces? Do you burn it, bury it, shred it? What do you do with an old CD of religious content?

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  • Cautious
    Sep 6, 2012 - 8:53PM

    Isn’t Malik the one who the President ordered to investigate this matter when it first became public? If so, then putting him in charge of any committee is a waste of time. Arguably his poor handling of this matter constitutes gross negligence.

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  • s shah
    Sep 6, 2012 - 9:17PM

    @Wiki: I am horrified at the cruelty and lack of humanity in your thinking. Shame on you. You bring shame to Pakistan.

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  • SS
    Sep 6, 2012 - 9:32PM

    @Wiki:
    I am amazed at your ignorance…..and petty thinking…

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  • Butt
    Sep 6, 2012 - 9:42PM

    The truth is that any non-Muslim caught “accused” can never be let off. It hurts their belief.

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  • Wiki
    Sep 6, 2012 - 9:56PM

    @s shah
    @indian and @ others who adressed me
    You all should watch today CNBC report about her and that report is based on the closed neighbours and some christians to that what they were saying about rimsha and khalid jadoon… All the people including one boy who was sitting for ittikaaf in that mosque with khalid jadoon.. All they said that khalid jadoon is innocent.. So why an innocent man should be accused what he has not done and the one(rimsha) should be freed, it is not justice. And the matter is in the court so all fake librals just wait and watch.. At the last justice will win.. and shame on all fake librals too.. We love and respect our holy book and prophet more than we love ourselves…Recommend

  • Pashtun voice
    Sep 6, 2012 - 10:29PM

    At least release the poor soul from jail while you “investigate” the matter.

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Sep 6, 2012 - 11:00PM

    It is shameful for us that again a religious black mailing is taking place, and a non Muslim girl is in the jail. There should be justification keeping in view this point that it is very sensitive matter.

    Hamid Hassan Khan
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  • HT
    Sep 7, 2012 - 1:00AM

    @Wiki:
    Willingly or unwillingly, She is legally a minor at the age of 16, and should be freed. Accusing someone of a crime is worse then burning a religious book. I respect my holy prophet and Quran with all my heart, but I wont let a minor girl be sent to jail for this (she being a minor cannot be hanged under the law).

    The matter is with the courts now and I hope the mullah gets charged and punished to the full extent for giving Islam a bad name, destroying a family and promoting violence by asking people to burn her.

    Humanity first always.

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  • Knowledge seeker
    Sep 7, 2012 - 1:03AM

    @wiki : Tel me two things? Firstly, those people who are saying the imam is innocent, why dont they go to he police and record their statements about ? Telling media and giving testimony to police are two different things.
    Secondly, Do you know what is meant by loving islam, quran and the Prophet ? i means to obey their orders. Quran clearly order to give justice and speak truth if the jugde asks for testimony. For this is very close to ALLAH. So, Please dont involve emotions and read quran ( in urdu, or the language you know), narrations of the prophet and obey them. Islam is a global religion and code of life please dont restrict it to just pakistan and its so called ignorant muslims.

    May Allah show us the right path.

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  • Ilyad
    Sep 7, 2012 - 5:11AM

    So his highness finally got the news of the poor people of Pakistan, must be the poor people shunwai day – which is once a quarter.

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  • Athiest
    Sep 7, 2012 - 8:18AM

    Illiteracy and Religion is damaging the country…. sad

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