Pak man arrested for blasphemy
Last Updated: Thursday, April 05, 2012, 12:05
Lahore: A Shia man in Pakistan's Punjab province has been arrested under the controversial blasphemy law for using foul language against three Caliphs or companions of Prophet Mohammed.

Iftikhar Ali was arrested in Okara district, about 100 km from Lahore.

He could face life imprisonment if the charges against him are proved.

"Ali was arrested for using foul language against the three Caliphs of Islam," said a senior police official of the district.

Ali had been booked following a complaint from a local resident, he said.

The arrested man denied the charges.

"Since no one here dares to raise his voice against the controversial blasphemy law, it is being used to exploit minority communities or the Shia sect," said a minority legislator of the Punjab Assembly, who refused to be named because of fears of being targeted by extremists.

The legislator said that none of his colleagues in the assembly is ready to talk on issues affecting minority communities or the persecution of minorities through the misuse of the blasphemy law.


First Published: Thursday, April 05, 2012, 12:05

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