Posted by: becketfund | March 6, 2008

Pakistan: Elderly Ahmadi Accused of Blasphemy

KABEER WALA – An elderly man in Kabeer Wala, Pakistan, was arrested for desecrating the Koran, AsiaNews reported March 6.  Altaf Husain, an 80-year-old member of Pakistan’s Ahmadiyya community, was reported to the police by a madrassa student, who claimed to have seen him rip pages from a Koran and throw them on the ground.  However, the spokesman for the Ahmaddiya community countered that the charges are false, saying that no one in the community would desecrate a holy book and that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are frequently used to persecute Ahmadis.

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