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Rimsha Masih

February 2013

Rimsha Masih

The throwing out of the blasphemy case against Christian teenager Rimsha Masih, by a court in Pakistan, has set an important precedent, one politician has claimed.
    According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the decision by Islamabad High Court to dismiss the case against vulnerable teenager Rimsha has sent out a more ‘positive image’ of Pakistan.
    The girl, who has learning difficulties, was arrested on 16 August after being accused of burning pages of a Noorani Qaida, a booklet used to learn the basics of the Quran.
    It later transpired that local imam Khalid Jadoon Chishti had planted evidence on the 14-year-old to ‘get rid of Christians’ from the area. He was accused by a fellow attendee at the local mosque. It is understood that Mr Chishti will be tried for making a false accusation.
    Paul Bhatti, the only Christian member of Pakistan’s federal cabinet, was campaigning on the 14-year-old’s behalf. He said, ‘Justice has been done and the law of the land has been upheld by the court’.
    Mr Bhatti, who is also special adviser for national harmony to the Prime Minister, said the verdict in Rimsha’s case set ‘an important precedent’. He said that although the case will not be used to revise the blasphemy law, it will be used to revise its interpretation.

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