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Pakistan cleric accused of framing Christian girl

Sunday, September 02, 2012 - 00:51

Sep. 2 - A Pakistan cleric is arrested under suspicion of framing a Christian girl charged with burning religious texts. Jessica Gray reports.

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A Muslim cleric is arrested by police in Pakistan. Khalid Jadoon Chishty is accused of framing a Christian girl who was charged with burning religious texts. Witnesses claim Chishty planted torn pages of the Koran in her bag full of burned papers. There have been conflicting reports about the girl's age and mental state. Local media report that she is 11 and suffering from Down's Syndrome. She is being held in a high security prison under the country's controversial anti-blasphemy law. The girl's lawyer is applying for bail at a hearing on Monday. Human rights activists have been calling for her release and say the law discriminates against Pakistan's minority groups.

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Pakistan cleric accused of framing Christian girl

Sunday, September 02, 2012 - 00:51