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Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, the lawyer of a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, talks to media after a court hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. — File Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: The court of the additional session’s judge in Islamabad directed the police to submit a charge-sheet of the blasphemy case against Rimsha Masih by Sept 21, DawnNews reported.

 The court said that the witnesses of the case should not be intimidated.

The investigation police officer of the case asked for some time to present the charge sheet in the case and told the court that the police' s inspector general (IG) had constituted an investigative team headed by a senior superintendent of police (SSP) and that the case's investigation had been completed.

Counsel of the petitioner pleaded that the bail of the girl should be annulled and requested the court not to allow more time to police to submit the challan.

Earlier today, the court of the additional sessions judge in Islamabad reserved its judgment over Monday's hearing in the blasphemy case against Rimsha Masih.

Senior civil judge Amir Aziz issued an order for the investigation to be conducted by an officer of the superintendent of police (SP) rank.

Rao Abdul Rahim, the counsel for the accuser, reminded the court that the police had already asked for more time to submit the challan and that the court had directed for an incomplete challan to be submitted during its previous hearing.

Another lawyer for petitioner told the court that his client, Hammad Malik, was being threatened by the IG and other officers at the police station.

The lawyer requested the court to restrain the police from harassing his client again and again and also requested for the bail of blasphemy-accused Christian girl to be cancelled.

The complainant's counsel alleged that the police had not constituted an investigating team yet and demand the names of the officers constituting the team to be disclosed.

The prosecutor presented the court with the names of the officers included in the investigating team upon request.


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