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Topic: Pakistan: New Blasphemy Low - Downs Syndrome Girl Arrested!

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Subject: Pakistan: New Blasphemy Low - Downs Syndrome Girl Arrested!
Date Posted: 08/19/2012 at 5:40pm

Pakistan: New Blasphemy Low - Downs Syndrome Girl Arrested!

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

wlmailhtml:05C96971-100B-42E4-9878-5C3E6D95571Bmid://0000042 3/!x-usc: MABAD, PAKISTAN - ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- Just as it seemed that Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law couldn’t sink any lower, we have received news that an 11-year-old Pakistani Christian girl who sufferers from Down’s Syndrome, was arrested and charged with blasphemy on Friday, August 17, 2012.

The girl is a resident of Umara Jaffar in sector G-12 of Islamabad, capital of Pakistan.

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association said, “Allegedly, a Quran was found with some of its pages burned by Muslims in a Christian area of Islamabad. In previous cases, the burning has nearly always shown to have been done by Muslims, or by mentally unstable people - and worse, they have had an 11-year-old Christian girl with Down's Syndrome called Rimsha Masih arrested and charged with the crime.

“Muslim extremists are threatening to burn down every Christian house in the community. Several thousand Christians have fled the suburb and are in hiding, along with the family of the victim.”

Chowdhry went on to say, “At the last account, Christian human rights workers have persuaded local Mullah’s not to authorize the threatened attacks after Friday prayers. Some went to the local police station and report the situation on the ground is very bad. It is quite evident that the police they talked to have already assumed her guilt. They refused to allow the workers to see the First Information Report (FIR), placed by a Muslim called Alsyed Muhammad Ummad.

“The police were aggressive and hostile, and appear to have immediately called Muslim youths to the police station to harass the Christian workers. The police said, ‘She has burned our holy book and you are here to protect her’.

“It is quite clear that the police are hostile to the accused, have presumed her guilt and have no regard for her status as a minor or as one with Down's Syndrome. Please pray for her and her family.

“The Christian rights workers are planning to apply for bail for her immediately after the Muslim Eid celebrations currently ongoing.”

According to Dr. Peter Bhatti, Chairman of International Christian Voice, some 1500 people blocked the roads around the village [where the girl lived] and burned tires and wanted to attack the village. The attack was planned to take place after Friday prayers.

Dr. Bhatti has been speaking to Islamic clerics separately and they have agreed so far not to attack.

The Times of India is reporting that the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) is providing assistance to people who have left their homes.

National harmony minister Paul Bhatti, who is also chairman of the APMA, has contacted Islamic clerics and police to bring the situation under control.

“Rights activists have urged the government to reform or repeal the controversial blasphemy law, which they say is often misused to persecute minorities like Christians,” said the story.

Federal minister Paul Bhatti's brother Shahbaz Bhatti, who was the minister for minority affairs, was gunned down by extremists in Islamabad in March last year after he called for the repeal of the blasphemy law.

Also, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian mother of five, has been sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy and is appealing the sentance.

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Posted By: News Room
Date Posted: 08/21/2012 at 6:11pm

Prayer Alert: Young Christian Pakistani Girl Arrested and Accused of Blasphemy against Koran

Aimee Herd : Aug 21, 2012 : ailed-for-blasphemy-a-crime-punishable-by-death-in-pakistan/ - International Christian Concern

Rimsha's relatives say she has Down syndrome, although the International Christian Concern (ICC) report could not yet verify her mental state. She was, however, said to be "scared and unable to speak normally" when she was arrested.

(Pakistan)—According to reports, a young Christian girl was arrested for alleged blasphemy on August 16th in an outlying district of Islamabad, Pakistan. The crime is punishable by death.

Rimsha Misrak was accused of defaming the Koran, supposedly carrying burned pages in a bag. But, in a down-syndrome-faces-death-penalty-for-allegedly-burning/ - FOXNews report it was noted that there were "various religious and Arabic-language papers that had been partly burned, but no Koran" in her shopping bag when she was brought to the police station.

Outside Christians' home in pakistanNeighbors of Rimsha say she and her family were "sweepers"—work that is common among poor Christians in the slum area where she lived. It's suggested by some that perhaps she accidentally swept up the burned papers into her bag, and was then accused of having burned them. (Photo: AP/ B.K. Bangash 2012)

Reports differ on Rimsha's exact age, some say 11-years-old, some say 12, and Pakistani authorities claim she is older.

Rimsha's relatives say she has Down syndrome, although the International Christian Concern (ICC) report could not yet verify her mental state. She was, however, said to be "scared and unable to speak normally" when she was arrested.

The incident sparked acts of violence against Christians in the area, and according to the ICC report, many Believers' homes were burned, damaged or looted by the incited Muslim mob after the Christians were forced from them.

It's a fact that violence against our Believing brothers and sisters especially in the Middle East is escalating, and many have been forced from their homes and even countries, or been killed for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Please join us at BCN in praying for Rimsha and other Christians in such danger right now—they are part of our family-in-the-Lord.

Read more on this latest incident at the source link provided. ailed-for-blasphemy-a-crime-punishable-by-death-in-pakistan/ - Read Full Story...

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