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Woman held for committing ‘blasphemy’


LAHORE, Sept 2: Nishtar Colony police on Monday arrested a woman allegedly for proclaiming herself ‘prophet’ and booked her under blasphemy charges.

Model Town SP (Operations) Tariq Aziz said Salma alias Fatima (40), principal of a private school and wife of Tanveer, a resident of Bahadarabad, started distributing pamphlets in the neighbourhood around 6am on Monday allegedly inscribed with blasphemous remarks and proclaiming herself ‘prophet’.

He said on being informed by some locals of the situation the police took Salma in custody and recorded statements of witnesses.

The SP said a case under Section 295-C (use of derogatory remarks, etc, for the Holy Prophet PBUH) of the Pakistan Penal Code had been registered against the accused on the complaint of Jmaia Masjid Anwar-e-Madina prayer leader Qari Iftikhar Ahmad Raza.

He said the woman had been handed over to the women police for further action.

Aziz said it was premature to declare the accused normal.

He said following the incident locals remained peaceful and no violence was reported.