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Bail hearing of girl accused of blasphemy adjourned

September 03, 2012


Policemen stand guard outside a court room in Islamabad, Sept 2, 2012. — Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: The bail hearing for a young Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy was adjourned until Sept 7, DawnNews reported.

The girl has been in custody since she was arrested in a poor Islamabad suburb more than two weeks ago accused of burning papers containing verses from the holy Quran.

Additional Sessions Judge Mohammad Azam Khan heard the bail plea filed on behalf of the girl.

The judge adjourned the case until Sept 7 because of a lawyers' strike, following a request from the lawyer for the girl’s neighbour Hammad Malik, who had filed the original complaint against her.

Rao Abdur Raheem, the lawyer, said the case should not be heard to show solidarity with a strike being observed by the bar association in Punjab province, the largest organisation of its type in the country.

The girl’s lawyer said the case against his client had collapsed.

“The prosecution has completely failed. There is nothing left in this case now,” Raja Ikram, a lawyer representing the girl, told reporters after the adjournment.

Earlier on Saturday, the blasphemy case took a bizarre turn when police arrested Khalid Jadoon, the prayer leader who had allegedly put some pages of the holy Quran among the burnt papers to strengthen the case against the girl.

The court on Sunday remanded Jadoon into judicial custody for 14 days  and ordered that the accused be produced in court after the expiration of the remand.