South Asian Countries

Pakistan police arrest four for ‘blasphemy’ after argument with religious cleric

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani police have arrested four men charged with blasphemy following an argument with a religious cleric, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday.Media reports say that the arrest was made in the eastern city of Lahore after an argument about whether a funeral announcement for a Christian neighbour could be made from a mosque. The report said that the four men were charged under sections 295 and 298 of Pakistan’s penal code, which carry penalties of up to two years in prison.The case occurred in the village near Lahore on November 18, Al Jazeera reported citing a local police official Faryad. “The men have been detained and we have presented them before the court,” he said.According to the police report, the men argued with a local cleric after he refused to make a funeral announcement for a Christian man from his mosque.Nadeem Anthony, human…

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