Prayer leader arrested for fabricating evidence in Rimsha Masih case

Witness records statement before magistrate claiming Jadoon added pages of Quran afterwards to 'strengthen case'.


Web Desk September 01, 2012

RAWALPINDI: Police have arrested prayer leader Khalid Jadoon on charges of fabricating evidence, which he had used to accuse Rimsha Masih of committing blasphemy by allegedly burning Quranic pages, Express News reported early on Sunday.

Express News correspondent Qamarul Munawar said that Hafiz Muhammad Zubair, who witnessed Jadoon adding pages of the Quran, recorded a statement with the Rawalpindi magistrate on Saturday.

According to Zubair’s account, he was sitting in Iteqaaf in the mosque when some people handed burnt pages to the prayer leader. After a little while, Jadoon added additional pages of the Quran to the pile.

Zubair, in his statement added that three other people present with him in the mosque asked Jadoon why he was adding documents to the pile of burnt paper, to which prayer leader said that such an act was necessary to strengthen their case.

Munawar reported that Islamabad police has now arrested Jadoon who are now questioning him.

Rimsha has been in custody since she was arrested more than two weeks ago accused of burning Quranic papers, in breach of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. According to medical reports Rimsha is 14 year old minor, and has a mental age below her real age.

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Basil | 8 years ago | Reply

It is heartening to see the tremendous support by Pakistanis for that which is right. Live long!

J Ndluli | 8 years ago | Reply

Just to look at the face of this cowardly man "Jadoon", tells a picture of ignorance and intolerance. Those who supported his false accusations are guilty of sin حَرَام‎ ḥarām.

Pakistan Christians know this - the prayers of Christians from around the world are with you. We note your pain and the difficult conditions under which you live. Be strong and keep the Faith.

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