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.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 8:06am

Muslim mob in Bangladesh torch Buddhist temples

A statue of Lord Buddha is all that remains amidst the charred ruins of the Lal Ching Buddhist temple at Ramu, Bangladesh. Photo: AFP

Thousands of rioters have torched Buddhist temples and homes in southeastern Bangladesh after a photo posted on Facebook was deemed offensive to Islam.

The 25,000-strong mob set fire to five temples and dozens of homes in Ramu town and the adjoining villages, 350 kilometres from the capital of Dhaka, in a rare attack against the Buddhist community, officials said.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:42am

Change of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws unlikely

The apparent collapse of a case against a Christian girl accused of burning pages of a Koran has given a dim ray of hope to critics of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, some of the harshest in the Muslim world.

14 Sep 2012 - 3:33pm

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

US soldiers ignored warnings by Afghan colleagues not to burn Korans

An Afghan holds a copy of a half-burnt Koran, allegedly set on fire by US soldiers. Photo: AFP

In the most detailed account of an incident that triggered deadly riots across Afghanistan, a Pentagon probe revealed how hundreds of Korans were hurled into an incinerator by US soldiers who ignored repeated urging by Afghan colleagues not to do so.

29 Aug 2012 - 4:26am

US troops punished over Koran burning, urination video

Video footage of US marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan drew international criticism. Photo: SCMP

The US military said on Monday it was disciplining US troops over two incidents that provoked outrage in Afghanistan early this year, one involving a video depicting Marines urinating on corpses and another over burned copies of the Koran.

28 Aug 2012 - 12:10pm

Vatican's interfaith chief defends Pakistani girl detained for burning Koran verses

French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran yesterday went to the defence of a young Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, stressing that she "cannot read or write".

Rimsha, whose age is between 11 and 16 based on various reports, is accused of burning pages from a children's religious instruction book inscribed with verses from the Koran. She was arrested and remanded in custody last Thursday.

26 Aug 2012 - 4:59am