I’m afraid of anyone who might kill us, Rimsha tells CNN

Published: September 11, 2012
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Rimsha being transported to an undisclosed location after being granted bail. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Rimsha being transported to an undisclosed location after being granted bail. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Rimsha Masih, the 14-year-old Christian girl accused of blasphemy for allegedly burning pages of the Holy Quran, gave her first-ever public interview to CNN on Tuesday during which she expressed fear for her life.

“I’m scared… I’m afraid of anyone who might kill us,” Rimsha told CNN by phone.

The girl was recently granted bail in a blasphemy case which said that she had burnt pages of the Holy Quran. During investigations into the case, it was revealed that a local cleric had added burnt Holy Quran pages to the ashes to make the case “stronger” against Rimsha. Three witnesses have recorded their statements against the cleric.

Rimsha, after being granted bail, was shifted to an undisclosed location through a helicopter. Her family had also been shifted earlier to the same location.

According to CNN, Rimsha spoke in short sentences during the interview often answering “yes” or “no” in a “shy and nervous voice”.

Rimsha denied having burnt the pages and said that she was falsely accused. However, she did not give exact details about what happened on August 16 – the day she was accused of blasphemy.

Rimsha’s father, Mizrak Masih, was also contacted by CNN. He said that no one in his family would ever dishonour the Holy Quran. “We respect the Quran just like we respect the Bible,” he was quoted as saying.

“I love Pakistan… I won’t ever leave my country,” he was further quoted.

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  • JoinHands!
    Sep 11, 2012 - 5:46PM

    how does these int’l media get access to someone in hiding; when our local media can’t! #fail #local #media

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  • Jat
    Sep 11, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Poor girl I feel for her. Hope both she and Dr Afridi are safely rescued by the Americans.

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 5:50PM

    ET stop sensationalizing the issue, Rimsha is safe and sound but you wanna trigger something bad just to defame Pakistan more, u just dont care about her and her familyRecommend

  • Zaikam
    Sep 11, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Is that a 14 year old girl and on top of that suffering from Down’s Syndrome?

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  • Shah
    Sep 11, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Feel ashmed of being a Pakistani…shame on us…

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  • Kamran khan
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:01PM

    How on earth American media is interviewing some of must hated people in Pakistan shall I say .Yesterday it was Shakeel afridi and today it’s her I have noting against her but we just can’t let foreign countries inter fair in out matters she must stay in country and face trial and that
    “jaali peer ” should also be given highest level of punishment .

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Only a int’l media can access…. Any problem .

    No more law will be tolrated …..Recommend

  • sick of this nonsense
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:13PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    ET is not defaming Pakistan, our extremist mindset is.

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 6:14PM

    First fake forced conversion, then fake hindu’s migration story now this…shame on you ET for ur lies, propagation and deception. She is safe and all Pakistan’s stand by the truth and innocent

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:15PM

    @Shah:
    I can understand the hight of pain you have in the core of heart . But be sure that you are not alone ,

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 6:15PM

    @Shah:
    we as a nation are not responsible for the act of one person, we stand by justice and truth as our courts granted her bail

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  • Leopard
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:17PM

    @JoinHands!:
    Very simple. PP civil government and its allies facilitate the international media the access. Same is true for Dr Afridi. As long these detainees are in civil custody access of international media will remain possible. Local or national media is afraid of backlash of such activities by the extremists or other parties. However one can read between the lines that in TROIKA of power every one has different Qibla.

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  • Hairaan
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Every Pakistani in general and Karachites have such fears. What’s so special about her expressing this and making it a news.

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  • Nand
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Either the Pakistanis over estimate themselves or under estimate USA news organisations.

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  • Abdullah
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:25PM

    Does our real media get access to Dr. Aafia Siddiqui ?

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  • Awans
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:25PM

    European Outlets have access to our Jails and intel Officials and everywhere within upper Echelon of Pakistan but Pakistani Media and every Pakistani is forbidden. What is going on in Pakistan i have no idea. ???Recommend

  • Hairaan
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:26PM

    @Shah
    >Feel ashmed of being a Pakistani…shame on us…

    We are not ashamed of being Pakistani. Please only speak for yourself. And if you are really so much ashamed then why don’t you leave this country. Request CNN/FoxNews/US to bail you out along with Dr. AfridiRecommend

  • Burning question
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:29PM

    @Kamran Khan

    Why should she face a trial when she didn’t do anything, is a minor, is mentally challenged? Or have you and your like made your own laws and legal principles?

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  • observer
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:32PM

    @Kamran khan:

    A.How on earth American media is interviewing some of must hated people in Pakistan shall I say .

    B.I have noting against her

    Make up your mind. Is she ‘must hated’ or do you have ‘noting against her’.

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  • G. Din
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:34PM

    She is a child, a girl, a non-Muslim in a Muslim country. All strikes are against her. There is no hope for her! Shame, utter shame! And, you call yourselves civilized? Recommend

  • zeeshan sheikh
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:38PM

    First shakeel afridi is giving interview to fox news from the ISI custody and bashed ISI. and now RImsha is giving inteview inside the police custody to CNN bashing Pakistan. ET and other anti pakisan media has gone mad in order to defame Pakistan.

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  • Jibran
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:40PM

    @Kamran khan:
    How on earth American media is interviewing some of must hated people in Pakistan shall I say .Yesterday it was Shakeel afridi and today it’s her

    Why anyone would hate her, except religious fanatics. If you are not one of them, you need professional medical help.

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  • Jibran
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:42PM

    @Hairaan:
    you are really so much ashamed then why don’t you leave this country.

    Why should he leave the country. Its as much his as yours. This is typical Gen. Tikka kind of mentality of what he said in Bengal, that he wanted to secure the land, not interested in people.

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 6:42PM

    @Burning question:
    Courts just cant pass the verdict by ur wishes or by sympathy, It has to be proven that she wasn’t involved, by her looks she doesn’t seem to be a kid to me. ET i tell u what ever you do Blaspehmey law will not be abolished

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 6:44PM

    @sick of this nonsense:
    I guess u missed to write, its “Liberal mindset”

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 6:47PM

    @Jibran:
    The matter is in court and Media should stop influencing the judicial proceedingsRecommend

  • Poltikal Element
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:54PM

    There on a talkshow on Geo-News, some attendee asked Molvi who was seeming harsh n furious that, If there something had happened with your own under-aged girl, what would u have done?? would U amply dragging her to some court Or keeping it till yourself??… Why we all seem cautious enough when some-other does dis-respect to our Holy religion, while what the thing on Earth we ain`t doing by ourselves as par being Muslims??

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  • Pakistani Pashtoon
    Sep 11, 2012 - 6:55PM

    seriously i m so ashamed of pakistan. its now in the hands of terrorists and ignorant mullas..Recommend

  • N.Khan
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:00PM

    If I could, I would have gladly given shelter to Rimsha and her family (I am Muslim). But the international media wants to sensationalize these issues. There are Chrisitians who live in our area, they have their churches, I take my sons to the barber shop owned by Christians. Never have there been any problems with them nor has anybody oppressed them. They are free to live as they wish. But some ignorant elements in our society give in to the enemies of our country so that Pakistan can continuously be blacklisted globally

    If only you knew of the things that happen to minorities in the great USA, then you would be shocked. Because they keep these incidents at the local level and do not sensationalize them for the world to see. The level of immorality is beyond your imagination!

    I hope ET published my comment

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  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:05PM

    black faced now?Recommend

  • Karachietes
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:08PM

    @Hairan….
    I think you should study what Jinnah said…about Pakistan at the time of creation. Pakistan is first priority.No Pakistan no identity in this world.

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  • Suraj
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:17PM

    @Pakistan politics: ET stop sensationalizing the issue, Rimsha is safe and sound but you wanna trigger something bad just to defame Pakistan more, u just dont care about her and her family”.
    — No Bro..Everybody should Just Leave Her and Her Family For God Sake and Let the Fanatics Forget Her….

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  • Adnan
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:18PM

    “I love Pakistan… I won’t ever leave
    my country,” he was further quoted.
    After all that’s happened, he still loves Pakistan.. thats some patriotism

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  • Suraj
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:19PM

    @Zaikam:
    Media hypes a bit.. Don’t suspect that girl.. It would be awkward even after knowing that Mullah framing her..

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  • Faraz
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:20PM

    @Zaikam:
    what makes you think she isn’t? that she is afraid for her life from Pakistani Muslims? you can’t give her that? just fearing for your life means you lie? poor girl answered in yes or no but you can’t spare her..Recommend

  • Suraj
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:26PM

    @Kamran khan:
    Trial for her???? How long do you want to continue this ugly episode???

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  • Obaidullah
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Rimsha is safe???? I guess then Salmaan taseer was also safe.. Bhutto was also safe..!! Shame on you if think that noone can hurt rimsha. Rimsha was born in a wrong country!!

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  • Truth Bites
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:37PM

    I am Pakistani and I am not ashmed of a liar mullah acts, I am pleased the justice is being done! More power to justice and equality. If we act sanely, the fake cases of balsphemy will be no more. This local mullah should now be punished witht the same law now as in the process of planting evidence, he is also comitted the crime he is accusing this girl for!

    Bringing to international media is only to create more negetive about Pakistan by the country who allows public buring of Holy Quran by one their paster! There are vested interests for NGOs to milk some money from abroad in the name of helping this girl.

    Now because they are not safe in Pakistan, its easy to arrange western asylum visa for them! More you blame Pakistan the more you get is they key! same goes for Dr Afridi.

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  • Abdullah
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:37PM

    i think our courts have big responsibilty to dig the truth. to tell that actually what happened. who is innocent. who ever done wrong should be punished in this case.

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  • rome
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:41PM

    shah and pakistani pashtoon: yes u both should be very very ashamed of beeing pakistani.

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 7:47PM

    @Suraj:
    Thats what i would say if i was a paid propagandist

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 7:49PM

    @Suraj:
    no body needs ur advice

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  • Logic Europe
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:49PM

    rimsha’s father has shown the dignity that all Pakistanis sould try to copy

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  • rome
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:50PM

    Ask the americans if they feel ashamed by bombing afghanistan and pakistans area fata. get the answer and you will find out abt them. they do not even care abt you. inferioty in our society dig deep. looking up to the west only. only thing we have in our mind is: what does the west think abt us. Who cares abt what the west think abt us. only the people with low self esteem thinks like that.

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 7:51PM

    @Faraz:
    nobody is harming her neither any one threatened her, why u r creating such a hype? wots ur agenda ?

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  • Amir
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Shame on us! We are so proud that our citizens suffer, and are then interviewed in the west where we are projected as jahils. We cease to understand what we are showing the rest of the world.

    And I dont get it, our local media can not get access to anyone, Rimsha or Dr, Afridi, yet international media can talk to any of them, uncensored?

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @Truth Bites:
    u summed up it very well

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  • Jat
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @Pakistan politics: “…@Suraj:
    Thats what i would say if i was a paid propagandist…”

    Just look at the number of posts on this topic, and only you are trying to defend the indefensible and doing a very poor job of it.

    Hope your employers take notice of your abject failure.Recommend

  • suraj
    Sep 11, 2012 - 8:00PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    Advise?

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  • Muhammad
    Sep 11, 2012 - 8:08PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    Its people like you who hide away from the truth and let the poor suffer.Recommend

  • IceSoul
    Sep 11, 2012 - 8:16PM

    @ N Khan Please will you elaborate what happens to the minorities in the US? Half my family lives there and personally, I doubt you have even ever gone to the United States.

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  • Somesh
    Sep 11, 2012 - 8:43PM

    Poor kid in the wrong place….

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  • meekal a ahmed
    Sep 11, 2012 - 8:54PM

    As the American’s say “YOU GO GIRL”!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Run, get out of the country, take asylum where you can find peace.

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 9:01PM

    She must have not treated like this. Being roughly pushed and thrown into Helicopter to take her to unknown place for security purpose. All the uprooted families must be settled in their own homes/houses without delay.Do justice and punish the actual sinners/wrong-doers. Be fearful of the wreath and anger of God Almighty.Enough is enough.

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  • Mj
    Sep 11, 2012 - 10:00PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    I hope for your sake that your’e never falsely accused of blasphemy. Then, perhaps, you’ll realize how unfair and barbaric these laws are.

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  • suraj
    Sep 11, 2012 - 10:05PM

    @Khurshid Alam,:
    I think it is good treatment, rather than burnt live in public by fanatic society..

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 10:08PM

    The Mullah lobby in our pakistani society is strong that they can accused any body of burning the Holy Quran and other religious scripture. They can lead the society to any direction, currently they are converting hindus to islam and other minorities are so vulnerable to them. It is the time for the youth and the aged men and women of the society to change the course of the history in case if they want pakistan a non-violent state.

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  • suraj
    Sep 11, 2012 - 10:11PM

    @Muhammad:
    Bro.. don’t go beyond this.. you’ll be declared as traitor & sick liberal n even may be targeted.. Fanatics are every where..

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  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Sep 11, 2012 - 10:32PM

    She is positioning for asylum in western country for herself and family

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  • amir omani
    Sep 11, 2012 - 10:37PM

    @Jat:
    what about the american soldiers who urinated on dead bodies of taliban and burn QURAN
    r thy civilized,,the so called democratic nation civilize super power..this is thy way a civilized nation behaves..

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 11:00PM

    @amir omani:
    these people have only courage to go after small prey’s

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  • Jat
    Sep 11, 2012 - 11:08PM

    @amir omani: I am certainly no fan of the Americans. The incidents you quoted are most despicable. But…

    But who brought Americans into this region ? Who was American’s puppet for 65 years ? Who was taking their military and financial aid for all these years ?

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 11:20PM

    sad………………………

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  • suhail hussain
    Sep 12, 2012 - 12:30AM

    I have observed liberal thoughts among the readers and their comments appear to be neutral, well I’m not a very old reader of TRIBUNE but one can say these are the basic steps toward change. I enjoyed observing various observations and comment on different issues, like terrorism and blasphemy.

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  • farhan
    Sep 12, 2012 - 1:02AM

    Everyone in the media portray as eleven year child…and the blasphemy law imposed on the defenceless child…Media is totally way ward

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  • IceSoul
    Sep 12, 2012 - 1:09AM

    @Farhan: And what would you say if you were an anchor? Please enlighten us.

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  • Sep 12, 2012 - 1:28AM

    ET Defaming Pakistan? Excuse me – look at what is happening and who is reponsible – your extremist apologist mindset and mullahs are defaming both Pakistan and Islam and no one else – GROW UP and join the world!

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  • pak
    Sep 12, 2012 - 2:50AM

    @Jat:
    why on earth would the american rescue her seriously. its like saying that everyone in the Pakistani prison should be send to the USA

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  • Imran Con
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:12AM

    @Pakistan politics:
    You’re the best case example to show most negativity the Pakistani people get in the media is well deserved.

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  • Faraz
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:27AM

    @Pakistan politics:
    lol, I have no agenda, always think of some conspiracy theory!! if nobody is harming her then why was she taken in a bullet-proof car and later in a helicopter to an undisclosed location?! maybe you need to stop fooling yourself. I have seen people sharing her pictures on FB openly saying she has committed blasphemy! how is nobody harming her?? come out of your denial and stop these conspiracy theories.

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  • Afaaq
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:02AM

    Im afraid of anyone who might kill us? That statement makes no sense at all or atleast has been translated wrongly. Journalists need better grammar skills.

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  • Madeeha
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:27AM

    @Jat:
    Oh yeah , why dont you just handover Pakistan to America and they may run the country.

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  • Kiani
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:31AM

    get real ppl who try to compare her to dr afridi…. she is an innocent mentally challenged girl while dr. afridi is shrewd person who dishonored his profession let alone his country… u cant compare an apple to an orange….

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  • M. Zaeem ul Haq
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:49AM

    She was suffering from Down Syndrome how come she is so intelligent at this time while giving interview to CNN, it would be better to kept her in safe custody and she too be punished not life term or death rather a punishment enough to teach a minor a lesson and biggest ever punishment to that Imam who is now considered main culprit if proven.

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  • NG
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:39PM

    This kind of Muslim clerics bring more and more anti-muslim

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  • E. Shahbazi
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:36PM

    Did anyone notice that since that American lobby started to pressurize Pakistan to release this so called 11 year old girl, very conveniently, not only the Imam admitted to planting the Quranic pages also there were witnesses who said they saw the imam planting the pages to make the case stronger!!!

    Doesn’t this scenario rise red flags that there is something to it more than what the media is portraying, in our country where cases never get solved for years and years (e.g. the lynching of the two Hafiz brothers in Sialkot), this case got solved, the girl got freed, got VVIP treatment and transportation………….

    There are thousands and thousands of prisoners in Pakistan jails who are waiting to get their day court, are they lesser humans just because they are not supported by America, remember Raymond Davis?

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  • Jat
    Sep 26, 2012 - 12:05PM

    @Madeeha: “Oh yeah , why dont you just handover Pakistan to America and they may run the country.”

    I assure you the Americans will do a much better job. Just look at your journey from 1947 to the present.

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