Teen accused of sending blasphemous text message

Published: October 12, 2012

File photo of people burning items from a Christian family's house. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

KARACHI: The police are looking for a boy who has been accused in a blasphemy case, which has ignited a serious debate in the quiet locality and prompted a mob to ransack his house.

On Wednesday, Mobina Town police lodged an FIR against the teenager who allegedly sent out a blasphemous SMS to neighbours in the Sui Southern Gas Company staff colony located along University Road.

“We are looking for him and his family,” said DIG East Shahid Hayat. “But so far we are not aware of their whereabouts.”

Security has been strengthen in the locality a day after residents converged outside his house and barged in. The house was ransacked and its contents were set on fire.

An fir has been registered against the boy.

President of area mosque’s committee ,who also received the text message, has nominated the boy in the FIR.

Police investigating the case say the boy had told neighbours that he had sent the message without reading it. “I have seen the content of that message and it was really derogatory. No sane 17-year-old would do that knowing what happens to someone accused of blasphemy,” said a police officer.

He noted that it was strange that the message was sent from his cellular phone to “all the right people, posted at positions and who would have definitely raised a hue and cry about it”.

Correction: An earlier version of this article was erroneously running the picture of a cross. It has been changed.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2012.

Reader Comments (11)

  • saif
    Oct 12, 2012 - 5:49AM

    lets kill thy neighbour in the name of blasphemy! cant believe that this happened in the middle of karachi .

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  • Asok
    Oct 12, 2012 - 6:26AM

    Here we go again!

    Repeal the law already!

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  • A Pakistani
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:51AM

    I dare not speak anything, or else even i might be accused of blasphemy.Recommend

  • Abdul Basit
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:52AM

    Burning homes over an sms?what’s wrong with our people?Why have we gotten so bloodthirsty?
    Leave the family alone.Is killing people over a sms islamic?

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  • Osama
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:54AM

    Shame on Pakistan, leaving no stone unmoved…. to bring bad name for Islam. keep up devastation.

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  • Raj - USA
    Oct 12, 2012 - 10:05AM

    Why is this Christian Religious Symbol on the photo in this news.? Was the boy who committed blasphemy a Christian? Nothing in this news on the religion of the boy.

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  • MC
    Oct 12, 2012 - 11:25AM

    The boy is mentally unstable or there is more then what’s apparent.

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  • Faisal
    Oct 12, 2012 - 12:14PM

    Somebody seems to be settling some personal grudge against the poor teenager. So unfortunate that this law is being misused and the so called scholars endorse it.

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  • Nayla
    Oct 12, 2012 - 11:05PM

    How about registering an FIR against the scum who burned the poor family’s home down and destroyed everything they have?

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  • Insaan
    Oct 14, 2012 - 7:07AM

    For God sake please stop terrorizing non-Muslims for fake or perceived blasphemy,

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  • Nada
    Nov 1, 2012 - 4:10PM

    Without confirmation whether it was actually that boy or someone else who got his hands on the phone, what are the chances in a city with highest crime rate.Recommend

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