It's the latest twist in the case of Rimsha Masih, a Christian teenager who was charged more than a month ago under Pakistan's blasphemy laws for allegedly burning pages of Islam's holy book for cooking fuel. She has denied the charges.
The three witnesses initially told police they saw Khalid Jadoon Chishti, a Muslim cleric, tear pages out of a copy of the Quran and put them with police evidence that led to the charges against Rimsha.
But they recanted those statements on Monday at a bail hearing for the cleric, according to the imam's lawyer, Wajid Ali Gilani. A fourth witness stood by his initial statement. (Continue Reading.)
Monday, October 1, 2012
Setback in Rimsha Masih Blasphemy Case as Witnesses Change Their Story
We shouldn't let Pakistan's pursuit of Christian girls on trumped up blasphemy charges distract us from the real threat to world peace: Islamophobia.