Authorities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday cleared a Chinese man accused of committing blasphemy by desecrating Quran, officials said.
Lee Ping, the administration manager of a Chinese consortium building a major hydropower project, was accused on May 17 of throwing the Holy Quran on the ground, prompting hundreds of workers to attack his company offices.
Police took Lee into protective custody at a secret location after protests erupted at the company offices near Muzaffarabad, but on Thursday he was cleared.
“Police investigation has cleared the Chinese worker of desecration of Holy Quran charges,” cabinet minister Matloob Inqalabi told reporters.
“No such incident of desecration of Holy Quran happened there,” he said, adding that action would be taken against the people involved in the violence.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2013.