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Imam Arrested For Framing Illiterate Pakistani Girl For 'Blasphemy'

ChishtiYesterday I wrote about an illiterate young Pakistani girl imprisoned for allegedly burning pages of a Qur'an to begin a cooking fire, and thereby committing blasphemy -- in Pakistan, a crime punishable by life imprisonment. (Or, should "justice" be sought extrajudicially, being burned alive.) Late last night, BBC World reported that new evidence shows the girl didn't burn any pages of Qur'an at all. Rather, she was framed by a local Imam.

From the BBC:

Imam [Khalid] Chishti appeared in the Islamabad court with a white blindfold and shackled hands.

There was a large police presence as he was ushered into the building.

"The imam was arrested after his deputy Maulvi Zubair and two others told a magistrate he added pages from the Koran to the burnt pages brought to him by a witness," an investigator Munir Hussain Jaffri said.

Zubair and others reportedly told Imam Chishti not to tamper with the evidence, but Imam Chishti told them doing so was the only way to rid their neighborhood of Christians.

Imam Chishti was arrested yesterday. He is now facing blasphemy charges. The girl, whose name is Rimsha, presumably will not, though she hasn't yet been released from police custody. Perhaps that's for the best. Until the arrest of Imam Chishti, several of her Muslim neighbors were calling for Rimsha's death. It could be that Pakistani authorities will wish to allow the angrier elements of the Islamic public to digest the fact that it was one of their shamans, and not a prophet-denying Christian, who desecrated their holy book.

For the moment, Rimsha's family remains in protective custody.

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  1. @WE ARE HERE: name one religious person killed by a homosexual. Name one person who killed in the name of atheism. (No use saying Hitler or Stalin, they killed in the name of other things, and both were explicitly endorsed by religion: Hitler by the Vatican and Catholic Church, and Stalin by the Russian Orthodox Church, so religion was equally complicit in those crimes).

    Based on all actual evidence, the harm done by religion is exponentially greater than that done by homosexuals or atheists.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Sep 2, 2012 6:55:50 PM


  2. Has anyone else noticed the silence of Little Kiwi on Muslim atrocities? I wonder why. Just imagine his hysterical rants if a Catholic priest or any Euro-American type white man was accused of these crimes.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 2, 2012 11:30:53 PM


  3. I'm very fuzzy on the details: I do remember a few years ago that a Muslim in an Islamic country was tried for a capital offense (treason?) because he converted to Christianity. He was eventually granted clemency by being declared mentally ill.

    In some respects that reminds me of some on the Religious Right who believe that while it's legal to be non-Christian, it's not moral to be one. Especially a Muslim. The Islamophobia is incredible.

    Posted by: Diogenes Artktos | Sep 3, 2012 9:01:14 AM


  4. forgot to mention the young girl also has down syndrome

    Posted by: oousslander | Sep 3, 2012 9:54:09 AM


  5. All in all, I prefer pinkwashing to this.

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Sep 3, 2012 11:15:26 AM


  6. Religion is institutionalized insanity!

    Posted by: Miguel | Sep 3, 2012 12:15:01 PM


  7. Well, this evil man got his wish, his neighbourhood has been cleared of christians as they have fled and their homes have been looted by their muslim neighbours. Who would have predicted that would happen?? This case has received international attention but, unfortunately, these events based on the ridiculous blasphemy laws, are a regular occurrence in Pakistan. The lawyers and judges prosecuting this imam are risking their lives as mob violence rules.

    Posted by: tarxien | Sep 3, 2012 6:37:15 PM


  8. Atheism is a prejudice? What a ridiculous statement. No one is prejudiced simply by virtue of a belief or disbelief in God.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 3, 2012 6:37:39 PM


  9. Still no comments from Little Kiwi on Muslim atrocities. Mabye he doesn't have the BALLS to make an anti Muslim rant. LOL LOL LOL!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 3, 2012 11:52:09 PM


  10. Religion is the worst fate that man has ever imposed upon himself. Until we rid the world of its evil clutches in all of its forms, we will never be truly free

    Posted by: hornlongjohn | Sep 4, 2012 7:56:24 AM


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