Pakistani booked under blasphemy law for trying to burn Bible
Last Updated: Saturday, April 09, 2011, 18:54
Islamabad: Pakistani police have arrested a Muslim man and booked him under the controversial blasphemy law for allegedly tearing up a copy of Bible in a church in Punjab's provincial capital Lahore.

Akhtar Hussain allegedly tore up the Bible at Saint Joseph’s Church on Lawrence Road yesterday, saying his action was a reaction to recent the burning of the Quran by two American pastors.

He also tried to burn the Bible.

Hussain is a resident of Chiragh Shah Town in Kasur and an employee of a factory located near Suey Asil.

Police officials said security guards at the church caught Hussain and handed him over to police.

A case was registered against Hussain at the Civil Lines police station under the blasphemy law. If convicted, Hussain could be jailed for 10 years.

According to the FIR, Hussain bought the Bible from Yuhnaabad, a Christian-majority area, and came to Lahore to protest.

During questioning by police, Hussain confessed that he offered prayers at the Masjid-e-Shuhada and then went to the church located a short distance from the mosque.

Police officials quoted Hussain as saying that he preferred to be killed for the sake of Islam.

He told investigators that he had committed the act in retaliation for the burning of the Quran in the US and the Pakistan government’s "silence" on the issue.

Masiha Millat Party chief Aslam Sahotra told the media that Hussain committed the outrage to hurt the sentiments of Christians.


First Published: Saturday, April 09, 2011, 18:54

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