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Ex-Army Official Arrested Over Alleged Blasphemy

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A former Army officer was on Thursday arrested by the police and taken to Adiala jail on allegations of blasphemy, Dawn News reported.

The 50-year-old suspect, a Golra resident who retired from the Army Medical Corps, was sent on a 14-day judicial remand after a complaint was filed against him.

According to the complaint filed against him, he had written ‘derogatory remarks’ against Holy personalities. The complainant Yasir Qasmi said that the ex-army official responded with ‘derogatory’ comments to his posts praising Holy personalities.

“Whenever I share something in praise of the holy personalities, including Khulfae Rashideen, Ummul Momineen, Ahle Bait and companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), the man starts replying with derogatory comments.”

The Golra police registered an FIR under Section 395A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 398-A (use of derogatory remarks, etc., in respect of holy personages) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Last week, Asia Bibi who had been in protective custody since being acquitted of blasphemy by the SC last year has left Pakistan for Canada. The country had offered her asylum along with her family.

She had spent eight years in jail for a crime she did not commit. After her acquittal last year, religious extremists were on the streets protesting the verdict and demanding her execution. But since the news of her leaving Pakistan, there has been silence from such groups. Perhaps because the leaders of TLP including its head Khadim Rizvi are detained.

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