Islam and Vicitimization of Dhimmis
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- Date: 4 Sep 2005 08:51:13 -0700
Hindu couple arrested in Pakistan for allegedly desecrating Quran
Peshawar, Pakistan, September 3, 2005|11:39 IST
Pakistani police have arrested a Hindu couple accused of desecrating
the Quran, Islam's holy book, police said on Saturday.
The couple was arrested on Friday in Sawabi, a deeply conservative town
in northwestern Pakistan, after residents told police they had thrown
pages from the Quran around a field.
If convicted, they could face a death sentence. "Yes, a Hindu husband
and wife are in our custody and we are interrogating them to determine
whether they desecrated the Quran," local police official Sajjad Khan
said, without giving further details.
Shahbaz Bhatti, head of the All Pakistan Minorities' Alliance, called
the allegations against the couple "a pack of lies" and said they had
been falsely accused.
He also asked the government to set up a judicial commission to probe
Bhatti's organisation works to protect minority groups in
Muslim-majority Pakistan and has been critical of blasphemy laws which
he says are often applied against minorities. Under the laws, people
accused of insulting Islam, the prophet Mohammed or the Quran can be
sentenced to death.
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