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Pakistani police arrest 4 for ‘blasphemy’ over mosque argument

4 Muslim males accused of blasphemy after arguing with spiritual cleric who refused to make funeral announcement for a Christian.

Pakistani police have arrested 4 males charged with blasphemy after they argued with an ‘imam’ (spiritual cleric) over whether or not a funeral announcement for a Christian neighbour could possibly be constructed from a mosque, officers say.

The case occurred within the village of Khodi Khushal Singh, close to the japanese metropolis of Lahore, on November 18, an area police official Faryad, who goes by one title, instructed Al Jazeera on Thursday.

“The boys have been detained and we’ve got offered them earlier than the court docket,” he mentioned.

The boys, who have been Muslim, argued with an area cleric after he refused to make a funeral announcement for a Christian man from his mosque, the preliminary police report says.

“As quickly as they arrived [at the mosque], they began cursing the mosque’s imam, they disrespected the mosque and so they insulted Islam,” reads the report.

Blasphemy is a delicate topic in Pakistan, the place strict blasphemy legal guidelines prescribe a compulsory dying penalty for sure types of the crime.

The 4 males have been charged beneath sections 295 and 298 of Pakistan’s penal code, which carry penalties of as much as two years in jail.

Pakistan has by no means executed a convict beneath the blasphemy legal guidelines, however accusations of the offence have more and more led to homicide by mobs or people. Since 1990, a minimum of 79 individuals have been killed in such violence, in accordance with an Al Jazeera tally.

Pakistani human rights activists have decried the case towards the 4 males as being unfounded.

“If there was a Muslim who in good religion needs to have an announcement corresponding to this made locally, it’s not an assault on somebody’s religion, it’s a great trigger,” mentioned human rights activist and lawyer Nadeem Anthony.

“So if somebody broadcasts [a funeral] on a loudspeaker, how is it a non secular violation?”

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