Rs 50 mn property dispute, nephew charges uncle of blasphemy

Meanwhile, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Chairperson Zohra Yousuf said she had learnt there was a property dispute between Khan and Usman and the police should have investigated the issue before lodging the FIR.

"There are so many incidents in which the law has been misused and usually the police claim that the suspect gets arrested for his own safety, which is totally wrong. Police should provide safety to suspects rather than arresting him," she said.

Yesterday's protest caused traffic snarls on several key roads connecting Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Commuters were stranded for hours on the roads.

The protesters burnt tyres and did not allow pedestrians to cross roads.

Leaders of the Tehreek Khatam-e-Nabuwat and Pasban-e-Islam claimed the situation could go out of control if the government failed to take action against Khan.

Khan's case comes months after a teenage Christian girl was falsely accused of blasphemy by a Muslim cleric, who stuffed pages torn form a religious text into her shopping bag.

The Islamabad High Court last month dismissed the FIR against Rimsha Masih, saying no one had witnessed her desecrating a religious text.

The charges against Rimsha led to the exodus of dozens of poor Christian families from her neighbourhood.

Rimsha was detained for three weeks in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, where top terrorists are held.

Rimsha's case had again focussed attention on the controversial blasphemy law, which rights groups have said is used to settle personal scores and to persecute members of minority communities like Christians.

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