Muslim cleric accused in Koran case
A Muslim cleric has been accused of stashing pages of a Koran in a Christian girl bag to make it seem like she burned the Islamic holy book, a surprising twist in a case that caused an international outcry ov adidas football er the co adidas football untry strict blasphemy laws.
Pakistani police arrested Khalid Chishti on Saturday night after a member of the cleric mosque accused the imam of planting evidence as a way to push the Christians out of the neighbourhood.
The imam arrest could lead to the release of the girl, who supporters say is 11 years old and has Down syndrome. She faces a life sentence if convicted of charges she desecrated the Koran, with a bail hearing scheduled for later.
But Christians who fled the neighbourhood when the girl was arrested are worried about the use of laws that critics say are often abused to settle s adidas football cores or target minorities.
“We all are suffering,” said Somera Ashraf, a Christian woman from the girl neighbourhood.
Ms Ashraf and her family fled the neighbourhood with many other Christians when the blasphemy allegations came to light, fearing retribution. She only recently returned but still does adidas football not feel safe.
Police said Chishti planted pages of a Koran in a shopping bag containing burned papers and ash that had been carried by the Christian girl. The bag was then submitted as evidence to the police.
A member of his mosque came forward on Saturday more than two weeks after the girl arrest and accused the imam of planting the evidence, said the investigating officer, Munir Jaffery.