Public Circles Demand Transparent Investigation
Gilgit, March 26: A young man, identified as Yaqub, hailing from Yasin Ghizar has been arrested in Gilgit after people in Konodas handed him over to the police, accusing him of committing blasphemy, irreverence towards the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
According to reports the 22 year old man used foul words against the personality of the Holy Prophet during a debate. The people present at the occasion beat him up and took him to the City Police Station, where cases were filed against him on 6 different charges, under the prevention of blasphemy law.
Hundreds of people gathered to protest after announcements were made from the Jamia Mosque, Gilgit, asking people to come out and protest the alleged act of blasphemy.
The protesters dispersed peacefully after the police assured them that cases had been registered against the blasphemer.
The Ismaili Regional Council for Gilgit, in a press statement made by its President, has condemned the act of alleged blasphemy and asked the government to give exemplary punishment to the accused blasphemer.
Manzoor, the President, has said that no Muslim can tolerate irreverence towards the Holy Prophet. He has appreciated the law enforcing agencies for arresting the accused on time.
It is pertinent to note that punishment for blasphemy is death, which even the President can not pardon.
Public circles have demanded transparent investigation of the accusations because in the past several false blasphemy cases have been lodged by people to settle personal scores.