Pakistan Police Arrest Christian Mentally Challenged Girl For "Blasphemy"

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By Worthy News Asia Service

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (Worthy News) -- Pakistani police detained and interrogated a mentally challenged Christian girl for allegedly burning pages of the Koran, seen as a holy book by Muslims, amid mounting international concern about Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws, an advocacy group said Friday, June 19.

International Christian Concern (ICC) told Worthy News that the girl, who was only identified as Nazia, was arrested June 4 after Muhammad Abid Raza, the secretary general a fundamentalist Muslim party, accused her of blasphemy.

ICC said the problems began June 3 when Raza arrived home in the city of Kharian in Punjab province to find his younger brother had saved burnt pages of the Koran in plastic bags. The younger brother claimed the pages had been burned by Nazia, their Christian neighbor, ICC explained.

"Even though it was 10pm, Raza said that he immediately alerted the Saddar Police Station" accussing her of blasphemy, ICC said. "The next day, police arrived at Nazia's home and took her and family members to the police station for questioning," for 16 hours, the group added.

BASIC QUESTIONS

ICC investigators said police realized she was mentally challenged when she failed to respond clearly to basic questions. "When police asked her name, she responded, "Nadia." A few moments later she suddenly said, "No, my name is Shaista," and then, "No, my name may be Nazia',".

Raza reportedly dropped the charges of blasphemy after inquiring about her with neighbors and discussions with Muslim clerics. Nazia was released June 5, Christians said.

However, "There are two major concerns with this story. First, this is another example of why Pakistan's blasphemy laws are morally and legally bankrupt," said ICC's Advocacy Director Jeremy Sewall. "Second, it shows that not even the mentally challenged are adequately protected from harassment and persecution. Praise God that Nazia was released, but her case illustrates
exactly why Pakistan must repeal its extremist blasphemy laws."

Under the blasphemy legislation Christians and others accused of blasphemy can potentially face the death penalty if convicted. In many cases Christians have however received long prison sentences.

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2 thoughts on “Pakistan Police Arrest Christian Mentally Challenged Girl For "Blasphemy"”

  1. Dear Heavenly Father, I lift up that precious child, and I plead the blood of Your Son and my Savior over this situation. Protect her innocent heart and mind, as she probably does not understand the hatred that she is a victim of. Lord, take this situation and turn it around to cause countless conversions over to Your Son as their Lord and Savior. Take this situation and backfire this upon the enemy of our souls, tearing down ancient demonic strongholds in Pakistan. Because of this precious innocent child, In Jesus name, I claim all of Pakistan for Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of the creator, and the only true way to You. In His name I plead His Blood over Pakistan. Amen, and Amen

  2. Amen!

    Praying!

    "The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor."
    Proverbs 22:12

    Salvation!

    "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call."
    Joel 2:32

    Save Now!

    "Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass."
    "And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,"
    "And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon."
    "And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way."
    "And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."
    Matthew 21:5-9

    Praise His Holy Name!

    "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
    1 John 5:13

    Believe On The LORD Jesus Christ And Be Blessed Beloved
    Love, Joe

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