August 20th, 2012
11:40 AM ET

Girl held on Pakistan blasphemy charge

By Katie Hunt and Nasir Habib, CNN

(CNN) - An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested and detained on charges of blasphemy for allegedly desecrating pages from the Quran in the Pakistan capital Islamabad.

According to a statement released by the President's office on Sunday, the girl, identified as Ramsha, was accused by a local resident of burning pages of the Muslim holy text after she gathered paper as fuel for cooking.

Local media reports said the girl has Down syndrome. CNN was unable to confirm these reports, however Qasim Niazi, the police officer in charge of the police station near where the incident took place, said the girl did not have a mental disorder but was illiterate and had not attended school.

The accused girl had told him she had no idea there were pages of the Quran inside the documents she burnt, he added.

Niazi said that 150 people had gathered on Friday where the neighborhood's Christian population lived and threatened to burn down their houses.

"The mob wanted to burn the girl to give her a lesson," he told CNN.

Other Christian families living in the area have fled fearing a backlash, he added.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Islamic law • Pakistan • Quran

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  1. John A. David

    Reblogged this on The Critical Eye and commented:
    This is sad, please remember her in your prayers, Christians in Pakistan are being persecuted...
    Hebrew 13:3 "Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering".
    She needs your support and your prayers.

    August 22, 2012 at 2:20 am |
  2. Besh



    Good Morning to all kaffer bloggers from Pakistan!

    Let's all sing
    it's a wonderful life it's a wonderful life you know what! fvck that s hit; let's do prayer one more time


    August 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  3. Jack

    Hello folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    August 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Besh

      Do you serve free food? I can bring with me 180 starving Pakistanis to your party!

      August 22, 2012 at 10:30 am |

    Guys guys guys! you don't want to miss this YouTube video of "Pakistani Police Man -S ex Woman In police station Live News- Feb- 2011" over 2 millions hits!!!!!

    http://www youtube com/watch?v=qaDRZ-Vg5dY

    August 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm |

    Child s exx ring: Nine Pakistanis jailed in Britain

    LONDON: A group of nine men of Pakistani origin were sentenced to jail Thursday for grooming white British schoolgirls for s e xx, using drink and drugs.

    The men, aged between 48 and 59, were convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to engage in se xual activity with children under the age of 10, and other offences.

    Passing sentence at Liverpool Crown Court in northwest England, judge Gerald Clifton gave them prison terms ranging from four to 19 years.

    Some of the girls were as young as 10 at the time.

    “All of you treated them as though they were worthless piece of s hits and beyond any respect,” Clifton told the defendants.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  6. Roy

    The Aghori or Aghouri is a Hindu cult in India that is considered to have split off from the Kapalika order in the fourteenth century AD. They have cannibalistic rituals. The streets of northern Indian cities are littered with followers of this cult carrying a kapala, which is a cup made from a skull! These bizarre people will eat anything from rotten food to animal faeces. In order to achieve the highest citadel of enlightenment, the Aghori will perform horrendously crude rituals. The finality of their rituals is attained from eating the decaying flesh of a human.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Karl from Wash DC

      these hindus are so archaic....medieval.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
  7. Bob the Bengali

    ARE INDIANS UBER TERRORISTS OR WHAT???? Forget the GDP, focus on these murder statistics.
    In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic progress, 10 million girls have died as such in India.
    Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and Talibans put together.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • Besh

      Seems like hinduism is a cult

      August 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm |

    "Amnesty International is calling for an impartial investigation into mass graves found in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Sunday, India's Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission released a report saying a three-year investigation had uncovered 2,156 unidentified bodies in 38 sites in the region. In a statement released Monday, Amnesty International asked Indian officials to allow impartial forensic experts to carry out a thorough investigation of the skeletal remains. The rights group also urged Indian authorities to ensure the safety of the witnesses who gave statements to police during the investigation. Indian authorities conducted the inquiry in response to allegations that Indian security forces have committed rights abuses in fighting a more than two-decade-long Muslim separatist insurgency. Rights activists say at least 8,000 people have gone missing in Indian Kashmir since the separatists began fighting in 1989 for independence from Hindu-majority India or a merger with Muslim-majority Pakistan. Rebel attacks and Indian government crackdowns have killed at least 50,000 people.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  9. Sugar Daddy

    Allah would have given her a tight hug and showed her that he loved her.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Roy

      To be young and in love has proved fatal for many young girls and boys in parts of north India as an intolerant and bigoted society refuses to accept any violation of its rigid code of decorum, especially when it comes to women. The two teenage girls who were shot dead last week by a cousin in Noida for daring to run away to meet their boyfriends are the latest victims of honour killings, a euphemism for doing away with anyone seen as spoiling the family's reputation. Many such killings are happening with regularity in Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. These are socially sanctioned by caste panchayats and carried out by mobs with the connivance of family members.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  10. krm1007 ©™

    Good morning or Good evening non-muslim friends!!!! I am Karim from Pakistan. I just woke up and my head hurts. it's another day in Pakistani paradise. roses are red violets are blue. Where I was last time, does anyone remember? Oh yeah, we were talking about that girl who burned our holy Quran, huum why waste time on non issues? I can't think of any good thing, my mind is shot from party last night. Good night my non-muslim friends! See you tomorrow.

    August 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm |

      In many Hindu temples there are sculptures depicting men having s@x not only with men but also cows. What is the meaning of this? Is not the cow sacred? If it is, then it should be worshipped not s@xually assaulted!

      No wonder Gandhi was banging two boys at a time. Surely he couldn't have learned from Jerry Sandusky !!!
      Shame on thi spedophile gandhi. We need to trash his memory and kick down his statutes in USA.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Besh

      These hindus are so disgusting and shameless. Even coyotes have a code of morals advanced than the hindus !!! oooouaaa ... ooouuuaaa

      August 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Besh

      It really hurts because I am a Pakistani.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  11. ..

    example of what muslims do

    August 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • niknak

      No, example of what religious people do. Your religion included.

      August 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  12. Shakira

    The actions of those morons in Pakistan are not Islamic. They are not living the true Islam and just do what thier Imam's tell them to do. It's sad when people like this act in this way and think it's Islamic, it's not.

    August 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • zane

      Not it is not. but once you taste a pakistani islamist....you will never go back to a hindu again. Come on down if yoy don't believe it.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  13. eyesalve

    Jesus prophesied the following - "And the time will come when people will kill you and think they are doing God a favor."

    August 21, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Anon

      Jesus is a myth.

      August 21, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Sam

      did Jesus say that? what stopped him to shoot straight muslims will kill you to do Allah a favor?

      August 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • ME II

      Big deal. When was that *not* the case... for almost every religion?

      August 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  14. Tim

    Mohammed molested of a mentally challenged, young child called Aisha. It is an Islamic tradition.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • ME II

      Since when was she mentally challenged?

      August 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  15. Reality

    The stupidity, terror and horror of Islam never ends. Is there a peaceful and easy solution?

    See p. 1 for one solution

    August 21, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • HarryCrew

      The stupidity, terror and horror of Islam never ends. Is there a peaceful and easy solution?

      There is no way to Peace, Peace is The Way. The ease of Peace will come with dedication, dilligence, patience, virtue...
      To call their acts "stupidity, terror, and horror," is unfortunate, for it shows that your heart may be closing from the love and light that Jesus Christ supplies to us all. Open your heart and you will feel the answer waiting for you.

      Namaste my Friend

      She wanted to eat.

      August 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Reality

      Obviously, HarryCrew did not read the solution noted on p. 1.

      In regards to Jesus:

      , Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Many contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

      Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic man would do or say?

      August 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • HarryCrew

      Yeah, Not sure I am reading from the same book. I could look it up if you would tell me which book you refer to specifically.

      Regardless of whether or not Jesus truly existed, it is neither here nor there. The Peace that he taught can be found through hard work and dedication, respect, integrity, dilligence, compassion, etc. Jesus's stories tell us of a world in which the human experience can me more than everyone just screwing each other over for a buck. I really could care less if Jesus was born in this reality, what matters is that the true word of Christ calls us to love one another Unconditionally. He calls us to be perfect, as his Father was in Heaven. IF we are Perfect as His Father in Heaven, Then (And only then) will we have Heaven on Earth. Peace be with you my Friend as your soul beings to open and take in the light around you. Feel with your heart and you will find the joy and compassion you seek.


      August 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the eyes of HarryCrew
      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.


      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      August 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Reality


      p. 1 refers to the first page of comments on this thread. Click on 1 at the bottom of the page.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  16. G. Zeus Kreiszchte

    If these crazy, bass-ackward Pakis want to give her a lesson, don't the men know all they have to do is r@pe her and then accuse her of being the victim of a r@pe so the townspeople will all rise up together to stone her to death? That'll teach her! Or is 11 too old?

    August 21, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Mirosal

      yep, because they are so civilized they know that ra'pe is NEVER the fault of a man. Maybe that Illinois congressman should run for office there? I'm sure he'd win in a landslide, now if only the land would slide over him.. 6 feet worth of land that is.

      August 21, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Yep, just like it says in the bible.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  17. collectivedementia

    Don't worry,it will all be over soon......reality will become crystal clear to all on earth.
    Praise the Lord,and pass the potatoes....

    August 21, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Same old typical christard threat...now back it with verifiable evidence or get back on the meds!! You know this is the 21st century, not the 1st...the sooner you start residing within it the better this world will be!

      August 21, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • Lyle Lovett

      ...And then I stood up and with all my might
      I sang
      To the Lord let praises be
      It's time for dinner now let's go eat
      We've got some beans and some good cornbread
      And I listened to what the preacher said
      Now it's to the Lord let praised be
      It's time for dinner now let's go eat...

      August 21, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • collectivedementia

      You should shorten your handle to just TP...it fits the c rap you spew on a daily basis.

      August 21, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      I'm not the one residing in the 1st century with a book that was written 2000 years ago to guide me! You are the gullible one, not the free thinking, rational minded people who base life off evidence and facts that can be verified. When you can prove, without using your buybull, that heaven/hell/god/satan exist then your opinion might be taken seriously until then you deserve to be called on it!!

      August 21, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • HarryCrew

      What about the I-Ching? The Tao Te Cheng? What about Buddah? Rama Krishna? Guru Dev?

      Peace Love Light, Universal Dance Party for ALL THAT IS 🙂

      August 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Mushtuffa

      Allah rocks.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 21, 2012 at 5:46 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Pray for me. I promise I'll get back to you on any change.

      August 21, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      How about praying for this innocent child and see how far that goes??

      August 21, 2012 at 7:56 am |
    • kindless

      Atheism is fine for all folk. Keeps them out of trouble since they have to be responsible for their own actions. History has shown us that religious folk often hide their misdeeds within their religions, which is lying to society. And prayer is way overrated. Take out all those make-believe characters that people pray to, and add in a good cup of tea, and then, well, it's no longer prayer, but it's just what mama kindless ordered to calm and strengthen your mind.

      August 21, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! `

      August 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  19. Err

    Oh she is screwded, muslims dont like mentally challenged kids. Im sure they will put her next to a brick wall and use a bull dozer to push it over on her or something.

    August 21, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      yep, muslims are absolutely crazy - just like christians!

      Leviticus 21:17-23
      “Speak to Aaron, saying, None of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God. For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles. No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord's food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God. ... "

      midget, blind, physically handicapped, someone with a scarred or deformed face, a hunchback, an itching disease or especially someone with a crushed ballsack - according to the bible none of these disgusting kinds of people wouldn't be allowed to go to church. god apparently doesn't like midgets or blind people.

      August 21, 2012 at 1:44 am |
    • err

      errrr those are Jews not Christians you anti semite jew hater nazi. If you dont think so then ask jews if they are christian.

      August 21, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • truth be told

      bippyfink is wrong whenever it tries to use the Bible. It never gets it right, the dark side can have it. It does the so called atheists more harm than any argument could.

      August 21, 2012 at 6:02 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      truth be told: That's right because everyone interprets that book in a different way! Some are just not as blinded to the meaning of the words as others. You are just one of those gullible enough to think they have pertinence in society today. When that book can be used to dictate the laws of the land, then it will matter...until then keep it in your church and out of the public square!

      August 21, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Jews, Christians, Muslims...it doesn't matter which flavor of batshit crazy you adhere to...expect ridicule, not respect for your asinine beliefs. Just as I would call bullshit if you saiid you were abducted by a UFO and was anally probed, or had a face to face encounter with BigFoot and were again anally probed. There is no difference...the claims are just as absurd.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Which God?

      @err. You are right, she will be screwed. three ways from Monday. Over and over, before she is stoned or burned.Barbaric people who can persecute a person for burning a book of fantasy.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  20. Pakistani alert

    A lot of Islamic trash lives in Pakistan!!

    August 21, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      we have the same problem with christian trash in the U.S.

      August 21, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • TheRationale


      I completely advocate the ridding of Christianity, but the two are hardly comparable. The Christians in the US don't do the same things the Muslims do in theocratic countries. It'd be patronizing to explain the difference between unfettered violence and ignorance and hate speech.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:19 am |
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