published Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Pakistan police arrest Christian girl’s accuser

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani police say authorities have arrested an imam who had accused a Christian girl of blasphemy.

Munir Jaffery, an investigating officer in the case, said Sunday that Khalid Chishti was arrested late Saturday for allegedly planting pages of a Quran in a shopping bag containing burned papers and ash that had been carried by the Christian girl.

The 14-year-old girl was later accused of burning pages of the Quran, a serious offense in Pakistan that can result in life in prison.

The about-face could lead to the girl being released from prison and defuse what has been a religiously charged case in Pakistan.

The case has been especially sensitive because of the girl’s young age and questions about her mental capacity.

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