Islamabad: Prayer leader booked for blasphemy
ISLAMABAD: The police have booked the Imam Masjid of Mera Jafar under section 295–B of the blasphemy law and for tampering with the evidence of the Rimsha case making it controversial, police sources said. The Imam Masjid was sent on 14-day physical remand, police said. He was arrested on Sunday following the statements of eyewitnesses and was produced by the police in the court for obtaining his physical remand, the police added. The police were tracing Malik Amaad, the complainant, who had disappeared from the scene, to record his statement in the newly created situation. Leading police officer of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), confirmed that the Imam Masjid had been arrested under blasphemy law as he was more guilty and culpable than Rimsha for committing blasphemy because he was Hafiz-e–Quran and knew the honour and sanctity of the holy book in its real sense, while Rimsha being minor, uneducated, non-Muslim and patient of down-syndrome didn’t know the respect of holy book.
“We have enough evidence after the statements of three eyewitnesses recorded by the Ramna police under section 161 CrPC, to prove thatImam Masjid Khalid Jadoon committed blasphemy of the Holy Quran,” the officer, supervising the investigation of the case, said. He, quoting the statements of the eyewitnesses, said that Hafiz Khalid Jadoon Chishti was in Aitkaf with him when young man Malik Amaad came to the mosque and handed a polythene bag over to Hafiz Khalid Jadoon, containing burnt pages of the Holy Quran, but the Imam Masjid tore some pages of the first chapter (First Separa), of the Holy Quran, ripped it in pieces and placed them in the polythene bag with burnt pages. “He damaged and desecrated the pages of the Holy Quran before at least three witnesses by tearing the pages of first chapter of the Holy Quran and was culpable for committing blasphemy under section 295-B PPC,” the officer said.
Heavy contingent of police reached Mera Jafar to avoid any untoward situation after the arrest of the Imam Masjid, the police said adding that the rangers were ready to assist the police in case of violence.
Legal expert, Rizwan Abbasi, claimed that the Imam Masjid committed more atrocious offense of blasphemy than Rimsha did as he knew the sensitivity of the issue. “He could be booked too for defaming the country in the world through his biased act,” Abbasi said.
Elaborating the law of desecrating the Holy Quran falling under section 295-B of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), Rizwan Abbasi said, “Whoever willfully defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Quran or of an extract there from or uses it in any derogatory manner or for any unlawful purpose shall be punishable with imprisonment for life.”
The Islamabad police took action against Imam Masjid when Moazzan of the same masque disclosed while recording his statement before the police that the Imam Masjid Khalid Jadoon had added some pages of the first Separa of the Holy Quran to what was found on the young Christian girl in order to execute his plan to expel the Christian community from the locality, police sources said.
Two other persons of the mosque, Hafiz Awais and Khurram Shahzad, confirmed the statement of the Moazzan and recorded their statements with the Ramna police and later in the court.
The eyewitness said in his statement that he himself along with two more persons protested against this brazen act of fudging the evidence against the poor girl. He said that he and other eyewitnesses had asked Khalid Jadoon to present the real evidence against Rimsha but he refused to accept their plea and produced the wrong evidence before the police.
NNI adds: Meanwhile, Minister In charge of National Harmony Dr Paul Bhatti expressed gratitude to Ulema and all those people who were supporting to resolve the alleged blasphemy case of Rimsha and hoped that justice would be dispensed with her.
In a statement, he said, “All the holy books are sacred for us and no Christian can even think of committing blasphemy of the Holy Quran, like the Muslims who respect all the holy books equally including the Bible.
He said the support and favour extended to Rimsha by the Pakistani people meant that they took care of humanity and did not allow any injustice with the countrymen.