Pakistan courts acquit Sunni cleric in blasphemy case

In an almost predictable turn of events the Sunni courts in Pakistan have cleared a Sunni cleric who was charged under the notorious Blasphemy laws.

A Pakistan court on Saturday acquitted a Muslim cleric who accused a Christian girl of blasphemy before he himself was arrested on similar charges, a lawyer said.

The girl, Rimsha Masih, was arrested in August 2012 for allegedly burning pages containing Koranic verses but the case against her, which drew widespread international condemnation, was quashed.

Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, the cleric who made the allegations, was accused of desecrating the Koran and tampering with the evidence against Rimsha. further reports that Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti was acquitted because the prosecution had failed to prove a case and witnesses had withdrawn their statements.

There seems to be non of the outrage in Pakistan over this man’s actions, as there was over the false allegations against the young Christian girl.

As members of the persecuted Lahore Ahmadiyya community we have to wonder if a non Sunni person in Pakistan would have been acquitted? Or is it a case that mass worldwide media attention is needed, as in the case of this young Christian girl, before Pakistan acts justly.

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