Pak police register blasphemy case against TV host

A woman host of a morning show aired by a private TV channel has been booked along with four other persons under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 03, 2014, 01:02 AM IST

Islamabad: A woman host of a morning show aired by a private TV channel has been booked along with four other persons under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law.

The case was registered yesterday at the Margalla police station in Islamabad on complaint of the chairman of the Namoos-i-Risalat Forum, Rao Abdul Rahim.

Rahim, a lawyer, claimed that in one of her programmes the host Shaista Wahid had staged fake marriage of two men and two women and misused a song honouring the wedding of a daughter of the Prophet, the Dawn reported.

He said a complaint against the suspects was lodged with the police station in June but they refused to register the FIR.

Later, a petition was filed in the Islamabad High Court which also ordered the police to register the case but they took months to do so.

Police said the case had been registered under blasphemy laws, which were enacted in 1980s by former military ruler Zia-ul Haq.

People charges under these laws face extremist violence.