Blasphemy case girl escapes Pakistan and moves with family to Canada

A young Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan has fled with her family to Canada. Rimsha Masih was arrested in August in Islamabad after a Muslim cleric accused her of burning the Koran.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 3:36am

Chinese project manager accused of abusing Koran in Kashmir

A Chinese manager was accused of desecrating Koran. Photo: Reuters

Lee Ping, administration manager of a Chinese consortium building the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower project, was accused by Pakistani co-workers of throwing the Koran on the ground.

19 May 2013 - 8:06am

Bangladeshi prime minister rules out blasphemy law

Islamist activists march in Dhaka yesterday. Photo: AFP

Bangladesh's prime minister has ruled out a new blasphemy law despite a mass campaign by Islamists to introduce the death penalty for bloggers whom they accuse of insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

9 Apr 2013 - 2:52am

Bangladeshi police shot dead two in riots

Part of a huge police cordon around the opposition headquarters. Photo: AFP

The clashes came a day after the Muslim-majority nation was hit by deadly violence between police and Islamists demanding the execution of bloggers they accuse of blasphemy, which left four people dead and about 200 injured.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:58am

Briefs, November 21, 2012

Pakistani court drops girl's blasphemy case

21 Nov 2012 - 2:59am

Pakistan quashes Christian girl ‘blasphemy’ case

Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, sits in helicopter after her release from jail in Rawalpindi on September 8. Photo: AFP

A Pakistan court on Tuesday threw out all charges against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that drew international condemnation, lawyers said.

Rimsha Masih spent three weeks on remand in an adult jail after she was arrested on August 16 for allegedly burning pages from the Koran in a case that prompted worldwide condemnation.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:43pm

Briefs, October 1, 2012

The explosion in Himeji, Japan, killed a fireman. Photo: AFP

Diaper shortage feared after Japanese blast

1 Oct 2012 - 4:42am

Curbing free speech can't stem hatred

The right of free speech, a central pillar of democracy and a free society, cannot be regulated with taboos and no-go areas, otherwise speech would no longer be free. Once the principle of control was established there would be no end to it.

29 Sep 2012 - 2:36am

Muslim leaders in Hong Kong vow peaceful rally over anti-Islam film

Leaders of the Muslim community gather at Kowloon Mosque. They are confident today's rally in Central will not turn violent. A protest march is also planned.   Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Leaders representing the city's Muslim community are confident that a protest today in Central against an American film condemned as being anti-Islamic will not erupt into riots of the kind seen across the Middle East over the past fortnight.

23 Sep 2012 - 12:25pm

Satanic verses author Salman Rushdie writes of years on run after fatwa

Salman Rushdie

As violent protests over a US-made film rock the Muslim world, Salman Rushdie published his account yesterday of the decade he spent in hiding while under a fatwa for his book The Satanic Verses.

19 Sep 2012 - 4:22am

Outrage at US video blaspheming Prophet predictable

The Arab spring of democratic awakening turned a new page in relationships between the Muslim world and the West. But it did not lessen the tension between the Western democratic tradition of free speech and cultural sensitivities.

16 Sep 2012 - 3:25am 1 comment


Security officials attend Jamil Kakar's funeral. Photo: EPA

Highly toxic H5N1 bird flu strain hits Vietnam

8 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

Girl granted bail in Pakistan blasphemy case

Tahir Ashrafi, centre, chairman of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, addresses a press conference in Islamabad on Monday. Ashrafi urged the government to set up a team, including intelligence agents, to get to the bottom of the conspiracy and expose the real culprits' in the Rimsha Masih case. Photo EPA

A Christian girl arrested in Pakistan for defaming Islam was granted bail on Friday, a judge said, days after police detained a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her.

7 Sep 2012 - 8:07pm

Cleric held over Koran burning

Hafiz Khalid Chishti

A Pakistani cleric who accused a Christian girl of blasphemy was remanded in custody yesterday after police arrested him on suspicion of evidence-tampering and desecrating the Koran.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:36am

Christians living in fear in Islamabad suburb over blasphemy allegation

The Christians are trickling back to the poor neighbourhood in Islamabad that they fled after a blasphemy allegation ignited terror earlier last month. But fear still haunts them.

By Thursday, perhaps half of the 300 to 500 families that quit their homes on the night of August 16 - after a Christian girl was charged with burning pages of the Koran - had returned.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:55am