ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has taken notice of the report stating that a minor Christian girl in Islamabad was arrested on the charges of blasphemy and asked the Interior Ministry to present a report to him.
It was earlier reported that 11-year-old Christian girl Ramsha was arrested and sent to jail for allegedly desecrating pages from the Holy Quran.
Some reports, however, also said that the girl was burning used papers collected from garbage for cooking when someone entered her house and accused her family of burning the pages of Holy Quran.
After the incident, people of the area gathered together and beat the mother and sister of Ramsha and also burnt few houses of other Christians. The Christian population is reported to have fled the area, while the police arrested Ramsha’s mother and sister.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the president has taken serious note of the incident and called for report from the Interior Ministry. Zardari said that blasphemy by anyone cannot be condoned but no one will be allowed to misuse the blasphemy law for settling personal scores.
Farhatullah Babar said that the president called for a report within 24 hours and directed the authorities to protect the life and property of everyone and that no one should be allowed to take the law into his hands. The president also called for protecting every one particularly the vulnerable sections of society from any misuse of the blasphemy law.
In 2011, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was shot dead by his own security guard for standing up for Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over blasphemy allegations.
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