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Sardar Mushtaq Gill

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (5:57 pm)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

“If the accused is [not a Christian but] a Muslim, they have many ways to investigate and try to save them from this…possibly death-sentence carrying blasphemy allegation,” he said.

Cleric Khalid Jadoon Chishti has been released.

Cleric Khalid Jadoon Chishti has been released.

LAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– A leading rights lawyer says he is “disappointed” that a Muslim cleric who  “falsely” accused a Christian girl of blasphemy has been released, while several Christians remain in Pakistani jails for allegedly hurting Islamic feelings.

“We were disappointed about the judgment of the [Islamabad] court in the case of Khalid Jadoon Chishti. He tempered the evidence by adding Koranic pages into ashes [to blame the girl] Rimsha Masih of blasphemy,” said lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill, director of the Legal Evangelical Association Development group.

Masih, 14, was detained in August 2012 and spent three weeks in one of Pakistan’s toughest jails, but the case against her was eventually quashed amid international pressure.

She moved to Canada, after the cleric himself was accused of “desecrating the Koran” and “tampering with evidence” against Rimsha.

Yet on Saturday, August 17, the court acquitted Chishti of all charges “as six out of eight eyewitnesses retracted… Continue reading