Rimsha Masih: Prayer leader released on bail in blasphemy case

By AFP
Published: October 12, 2012

Chishti was released on bail on Friday. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The cleric who accused Rimsha Masih of committing blasphemy and was arrested for allegedly framing evidence, was released on Friday, a day after he was granted bail by a court, his lawyer said.

Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, the imam of the mosque in Rimsha’s area, who first provided police the burned papers as evidence against her, was detained on September 1 for desecrating the Quran himself and tampering with evidence.

“My client has been released and he came out of Adiyala jail today,” his lawyer Wajid Ali Gilani told AFP.

Chishti was granted bail on Thursday October 11, 2012, after a surety and a bond of Rs200,000 was submitted at the court in Islamabad, he said.

The cleric was arrested after his deputy Maulvi Zubair and two others told a magistrate Chishti added pages from the Quran to the burnt pages brought to him by a witness, investigators have said.

Zubair and the two others, Mohammad Shahzad and Awais Ahmed, said they had urged Chishti not to interfere with the papers but he told them it was the only way to expel the Christians from the area.

On August 24 Chishti told AFP he thought Rimsha 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 impoverished Mehrabad neighbourhood of Islamabad.

Rimsha had spent as many as three weeks in an adult jail after she was arrested on August 16 for allegedly burning pages from the Quran

She and her family remain in hiding for safety after Rimsha was released on bail last month. Her case was only sent to a juvenile court when a medical report confirmed she was only 14 years of age.

Reader Comments (20)

  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:23PM

    Rimsha, who was arrested in a poor suburb of Islamabad on August 16 and accused of burning pages from the Quran, was released on two surety bonds of 500,000 rupees ($5,200). So much for gender and race equality?

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  • anwar
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:31PM

    Hello 30 year civil war..

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  • Mirza
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:32PM

    When is Qadri coming out on bail, as his case is not making any progress and he is not going to be hanged? The innocent young girls are treated more harshly by these courts than the fanatic extremists even if they are caught red handed.

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  • gp65
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:38PM

    A bond of 2 lakhs for a prayer leader accused of deliberately burning pages from the Quran to falsely implicate a young girl. A surety of 10 lakh for a 14 year old girl with Down syndrome accused of having burnt Noorani Qaida.

    What’s wrong with this picture?

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  • suraj
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:43PM

    Okay buddy.. Now, you are free to frame search for another scapegoat in the meantime.. Go ahead…

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:56PM

    CJ and his team is involved against jihad against jehaadees . I K is intending to give them all a political umbrella . Let the man in uniform deal with them .

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  • DarKnight
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:59PM

    Now, time to look for some other alleged “blasphemist.” I believe they already had got one 16-year-old boy……..

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  • Raza Khan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Why was he arrested if he was suppose to get bail? Our judiciary is ONE BIG JOKE!Recommend

  • Ducky
    Oct 12, 2012 - 10:28PM

    WHAT?! But, um, didnt he commit blasphemy by desecrating the Quran himself? Shouldnt he be lynched or set on fire? Or handed over to the so called GHAZI Mumtaz Qadri to be taken care off? What is with the sanctity attached to the beard?! What if he were a non muslim?

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  • R.A
    Oct 12, 2012 - 11:02PM

    That was expected all the way
    It was just a bit late
    He must be having a heros welcome
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  • Cautious
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:20AM

    Anyone surprised? And you wonder why Pakistan is ranked lower than N Korea by most of the World?

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  • Saim
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:41AM

    Can’t they match the pages which he allegedly tore with the actual Koran and observe fingerprints ?

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  • Shahid Butt
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:08AM

    @gp65:
    Judge should have set bail for 50 Lakh.

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  • Something Clever
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:23AM

    @Saim:
    With the condition they’re in and all the people who have probably touched it not to mention he can claim he touched it to check through it before accusing her… Probably not.

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  • Hamid
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:25AM

    no buddy they can’nt match the finger prints becoz mulvi had his prints as well lots of other people also touched it but yes they can look 4 Quran but that would be different scene and I’m totally against wht they did, girl is innoccent even if she was adult they should let her go.. I’m muslim and i never read in Quran that kill or punish who do’nt agree with ur religion, its against Islam preaching.. Isalm only teach one thing Peace means no harm to anyone.. This Mulvi is big Jerk.. @Saim:

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  • saeed
    Oct 13, 2012 - 3:25AM

    It’s not judicary or system. It is choice of 90percent of Pakitsani society. She is non Muslim and he is hafiz Quran. Ask any Muslim take a pick

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  • Oct 13, 2012 - 4:50AM

    @saeed:
    I will pick him and hold him responsible for his action.

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  • Aarvey,india
    Oct 13, 2012 - 6:52AM

    Just take a closer look at his face. It’s the face of evil .

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  • Jibran
    Oct 13, 2012 - 6:56AM

    Why are Muslims not making any noise about this guy is proven that this guy tore pages of Quran is that not blasphemy??? why so much silence??

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  • jacobin777
    Oct 13, 2012 - 9:45AM

    This man is a pathetic excuse for a Muslim.

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