Pakistan arrests imam after boy cuts hand off in blasphemy error

After returning home, the boy cut his hand off, an act welcomed by the boy's father who told police he was proud of his son and did not want the cleric arrested.

By: Reuters | Islamabad | Published:January 17, 2016 4:51 pm
 imam arrested, imam arrested in pakistan, boy cuts his hand, muslim boy cuts his hand, boy accused of blasphemy by imam, prophet mohammad, blasphemy in pakistan, pakistan news Pakistani police have arrested the imam of a mosque for inciting violence.

Pakistani police have arrested the imam of a mosque for inciting violence after a 15-year old boy who was told by the cleric that he was a blasphemer went home and cut off his own hand.

Shabbir Ahmed was delivering a sermon at a village in the east of Punjab province when he asked the gathering if anyone did not love the Prophet Mohammad.

Mishearing the question, the 15-year old boy raised his hand. Ahmed quickly singled him out and called him a “blasphemer” in front of the congregation, Nosher Ali, the head of the local police station, told Reuters on Sunday.

After returning home, the boy cut his hand off, an act welcomed by the boy’s father who told police he was proud of his son and did not want the cleric arrested.

Police filed anti-terrorism charges against Ahmed and arrested him on Saturday, police chief Ali said.

“Such illiterate imams of mosques should not be allowed to deliver speeches. His arrest is under the National Action Plan that hate speeches inciting violence are no longer allowed in this country,” Ali said.

Blasphemy is a highly controversial issue in Pakistan, and angry mobs have killed many people accused of insulting Islam in the majority Muslim country.

The law does not define blasphemy but stipulates that the penalty is death, although a death sentence has never been carried out. Human rights activists say accusations of blasphemy are sky rocketing because the law is often abused to settle personal grudges.

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    IndianWellWisher
    Jan 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm
    Who cares what the stupid father thinks? Ask the poor boy, maimed for life.
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  2. I
    Indian
    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:38 pm
    Imams are preaching falsehood and hatred
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    Archpagan
    Jan 17, 2016 at 11:55 am
    Ah, blasphemy law is required to protect honor of a bandit who indulged in killing, loot and rape!
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  4. S
    suraj
    Jan 17, 2016 at 2:55 pm
    The % of minorities in pak has reduced to 1%f from 12%? What happened to them?
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  5. C
    Chandru
    Jan 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm
    This is our neighbour! This type of blind religious doctrine is increasing in Pak. day by day - encouraged by Mullahs and Pak.Army and they have nuclear bombs ! Someone in Pak- Mujaheedin or Pak. Army is going to attack India with a nuclear bomb. . Now 1 million may die but after 5 to 10 years- the casualty can be 10 million! More India delays its attack on Pak. the threat becomes bigger Dreaming a peaceful Pak. is a dream -will remain a Dream forever !
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    Guru
    Jan 18, 2016 at 12:37 pm
    Good boy. He will cause less trouble for himself and others with only one hand.
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    Indian
    Jan 18, 2016 at 1:37 am
    The CITIZENS of PAK were INDIANS for more than 700 years till 1947 and as per SECULARIST lived peacefully in United India with Hi-ndus till "British Divide and rule policy". But PAK has become the BIGGEST ISLAMIC FANATIC COUNTRY in the world in just 68 years of being independent and becoming a MU-SLIM MAJORITY COUNTRY. ........................ The reason for most Is-lamic violence is due to IS-LAM being in a "TIME FREEZE" insisting on adhering to the 7th CENTURY ARAB LAWS propounded for a violent Arab Society 1380 back.
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