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Pakistan blasphemy case: Imam held over 'Koran plot'

A Pakistani imam has been remanded in custody, accused by his deputy of planting pages of the Koran among burnt pages in the bag of a Christian girl held for blasphemy.

The girl was detained two weeks ago near the capital Islamabad after an angry mob demanded she be punished. Imam Khalid Chishti allegedly told a witness that this was a "way of getting rid of Christians", a prosecutor said.

The girl, named as Rimsha, is said to be about 14 and to have learning difficulties.

Orla Guerin reports.

  • 02 Sep 2012
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