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Girl accused of blasphemy being favoured: accuser’s lawyer

Published Aug 30, 2012 08:05am


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Rao Abdur Raheem, (C), the lawyer for the accuser of the Christian girl charged with blasphemy for allegedly burning papers of Quranic verses, talks with media outside the court in Islamabad on August 30, 2012. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Doctors and officials are “favouring” a young Pakistani Christian girl charged with blasphemy after allegedly burning papers containing Quranic verses, the lawyer for her accuser claimed on Thursday.

The girl has been held since Aug 16 on suspicion of desecrating the Holy Quran.

A medical report earlier this week said that girl was around 14 years old — her age had been in dispute — and appeared to be “uneducated” with a mental age below her true age.

But after a brief hearing in the case on Thursday, which she did not attend, Rao Abdur Raheem, the lawyer representing her accuser, rejected the doctors' assessment.

“The victim has admitted that she burned a chapter of the Quran,” he told reporters outside court in Islamabad.

“The doctors are favouring the victim and the state is also supporting her.”

Raheem also objected to the medical examination because it was carried out a day before the court formally requested it.

The girl’s case has prompted concern from Western governments and the Vatican and anger from human rights campaigners, who have warned the laws, are often used to settle personal vendettas.


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MUNIR BUTT Aug 30, 2012 10:55am
The reason for rejecting and not being nice is not for the sake of Islam but money he will make out of this case. Such lawyers are roaming outside the courts and it is not a new thing. HE MAKES ME LAUGH.This girls only fault is that she is christian and poor.
"Dispear" Aug 31, 2012 02:33pm
The little, poor minor child cannot have committed any crime, since the accusation is totally illogical. But, this lawyer, and the accuser should be happy enough to have destroyd that little girl's life in any case - as well as that of her family. First of all, living with Down-syndrome is difficult enough, both for the child and her parents, too. And, now, surely both the girl and her parents are going through an unimaginable torment the child being in jail, and facing such accusations. Even if she is released, she is badly traumatized. She and her family need help, and support - not this torture.
adil Aug 30, 2012 10:07am
With such hatred in his eyes, I hope he sees the same when Allah gives him the glare on Judgment Day.
Michael Aug 30, 2012 09:58am
Somebody with common sense make this lawyer dissapear. Sometimes fire must be fought with fire.
Javed Aug 30, 2012 09:47am
The lawyer seems interested in getting cheap popularity than ensuring justice to an innocent victim. Shame on these type of lawyers.
Javed Aug 30, 2012 09:48am
The girl should be freed immediatly
Jaffar Aug 31, 2012 08:59am
Avinash Aug 30, 2012 09:19am
What exactly Rao Abdur Raheem, the lawyer for the accuser want? Will it bring glory to Islam or Pakistan if the girl is publicly executed? Why the learned Islamic scholars not leave the "punishment" to their Most Merciful Creator instead of taking up the onerous task of punishing the blasphamers themselves?
Muhammad Yaqub Aug 30, 2012 08:43am
The Militants have taken hold of the country. Imagine lawyers threatening people and the Judiciary cannot even react. Will the people of Pakistan stand up to the Militants and the Mullahs who support Qadri's and terrorists?
Shah Aug 30, 2012 08:24am
What a shame! Does the lawyer agree that the girl is under age (below 18)? Does the lawyer agree that the girl has down syndrome? Does the lawyer even understand what down syndrome is? and Does the lawyer believe that there is a clear distinction between a minor and an adult? If Pakistan is blessed with such brilliance then indeed the white part in Pakistani flag should be changed to black and we should get rid of all non-muslims.
Shaz Aug 30, 2012 11:09am
Mr Lawyer. you see the world the way you are --- and not the way it is. Shame on you
raika45 Aug 30, 2012 08:26am
His case appears doomed, and he is now grasping at straws.
bilal Aug 30, 2012 01:25pm
things are looking up for her now...which i'm really really glad about...she deserves all the support etc...the sooner she's released the better it will be
Karachi Wala Aug 30, 2012 01:13pm
I would suggest first check the authenticity of the law degree of Rao Abdur Raheem.
raj Aug 31, 2012 06:05am
ali ahmed Aug 30, 2012 08:59am
instead of blaming doctors...the Rao Abdur Raheem should read about Down Syndrome...if he still insist on his point....his IQ should also be assest
Jawwad Aug 30, 2012 02:18pm
This guy in picture needs to be stripped off his lawyer uniform and be sent to Guantanamo to know what the poor girl might be going through right now.
Khalid Aug 30, 2012 08:42am
Mr Rao Abdur Raheem, You should have some moral obligation towards the humanity as well apart from your professional duties. Please just think you are trying to colour your hands with this little girl's blood, only for your success. Our prophet PBUH was full of the qualities as he was an example for the whole humanity and one of his best qualities and the most used one was to forgive. The poor girl probably needs some therapy and afterwards a best person could come out of her. She is an illitrate person and killing a girl is not a solution of elimination of the illitracy. She needs to be educated in a proper atmosphere, so please don't try to create anger in the minds of the people by your this statement about the young girl being favoured. Trust me you can play a better role in educating the accuser even. The accuser is also lacking the education and you can educate him too. With this attitude you can inshallah earn much better bread to feed your family. I hope you will pay attention to my statement. Thank you.
kashif Aug 30, 2012 08:35am
Pats Aug 30, 2012 08:34am
Who threw those pages of Quran in the dust bin initially? Why nobody is arrested/punished for this crime? Also the girl does not know how to read and write and certainly will not even know that those papers contain verses from Quran. Who is uneducated here? This lawyer or the girl? Is he intelligent/qualified enough to disprove the findings for the team of doctors?