Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rimsha Masih: Islamabad High Court reserves verdict on plea seeking case dismissal

Rimsha, a 14-year-old Christian girl, was arrested from a suburb of Islamabad on blasphemy allegations 

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- The Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved its verdict on an application seeking to dismiss the controversial case of Rimsha Masih, reported Express News, Pakistan, on Wednesday.
Police arrest picture
of Rimsha Masih
The case was heard by IHC Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman.
"During the hearing, Rimsha's lawyer said that the case was fabricated and there were no witnesses to it. The burnt pages of the Holy Quran were added later to the ashes, he maintained," said a story in the Express Tribune, (http://tribune.com.pk).
"The petitioner, however, said that he and his witnesses stand by their statements and the case was spoiled by the interior minister and the police."
The prosecutor informed the court that challans [Receipt for payment or delivery] against Rimsha and Maulvi Khalid Jadoon [also known as Khalid Jadoon Chishti] have been submitted to a lower court.
Police arrest picture of Rimsha Masih
Rimsha, the 14-year-old Christian girl, was arrested from a suburb of Islamabad on August 16 after a neighbor accused her of burning papers containing verses from the Quran, in breach of Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws.
On September 22, 2012, police investigating the case declared prayer leader Khalid Jadoon Chishti guilty, adding that there was no evidence against Rimsha and that he had framed her.
"Rimsha and her family, who have been in fear for their lives since the blasphemy allegations, were moved to an undisclosed location after her release on bail on September 8," added the story.

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