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    Blasphemy case: Rimsha granted bail
    Mubashir Zaidi | DAWN.COM | 30 mins ago


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    Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, the lawyer of a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, talks to media after a court hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. — Photo by AP

    ISLAMABAD: The court of the additional sessions judge in Islamabad on Friday reserved its ruling in the bail petition of a girl accused of blasphemy, DawnNews reported.

    The court granted bail to to the blasphemy accused girl, Rimsha Masih against a surety of Rs500,000.

    Earlier, the court had reserved its ruling after hearing the arguments made by the counsels of both the complainant and the defendant.

    The lawyer for the accused girl had submitted before the court that the girl was entitled to bail as she was a minor and that the FIR lodged by the police did not say that she desecrated a copy of the holy Quran.

    On the contrary, the complainant’s counsel alleged that the girl had confessed to her guilt and hence was not entitled for bail.

    The officer investigating the case told the court that Khalid Jadoon, the cleric who had been accused of tampering evidence, had deliberately added pages of the holy Quran to the plastic bag that the minor girl, who belonged to the Christian community, was carrying.

    The prosecution lawyer alleged that the police, including the investigating officer, and doctors were manipulating the case to get the girl freed under international pressure, adding that, they feared the accused would be immediately sent abroad if bail was granted and that then the case would come to an end.

    Moreover, the district attorney told the court that the blasphemy accused girl had stated her age to the magistrate as 16 years, adding that, the complainant in the case was receiving threats.

    A large number of security personnel, members of civil society and international media persons were present outside the court as Judge Azam Khan heard the bail application of the accused girl whose case has made headlines in the international and local media.

    The girl has been in custody since she was arrested in a poor Islamabad suburb more than two weeks ago after being accused of burning papers containing verses from the holy Quran.

    Earlier on Monday, the case was adjourned until Sept 7 because of a lawyers’ strike, following a request from the lawyer for the girl’s neighbour Hammad Malik, who had filed the original complaint against her.


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    ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC), announcing its verdict, dismissed the FIR filed against 14-year-old Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, who was accused of committing blasphemy, reported Express News on Tuesday.

    The verdict was announced on an application filed by Rimsha seeking quashment of the FIR against her.

    “The court has quashed the case, declaring Rimsha innocent,” Rimsha’s lawyer Akmal Bhatti told AFP.

    Paul Bhatti, the only Christian member of Pakistan’s federal cabinet, confirmed that the case had been thrown out by Islamabad High Court.

    “I welcome this order. Justice has been done and the law of the land has been upheld by the court,” he told AFP.

    “It will send out a positive image of Pakistan in the international community that there is justice for all and that society has risen up for justice and tolerance,” he added.

    In an earlier hearing on November 14, IHC Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman had reserved the judgement.

    Rimsha was arrested from a slum in Islamabad on August 16 this year after a neighbour accused her of burning papers bearing verses from the Quran, a violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

    On September 22, 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.

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    I wonder why this news has not been picked by world media :undecided: