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Pakistani Christian man booked under blasphemy law

(ANS) 6/1/2006– A Christian hospital canteen worker, who allegedly sent blasphemous messages to Muslims, has been remanded by a court in the southern city of Karachi in custody pending a further court appearance next month.

The Pakistan Christian Post quoted a police chief as saying that Qamar David was upset about attacks on churches in Pakistan .

“He was sending blasphemous messages to Muslims and was causing panic,” the PCP quoted Karachi police chief, Niaz Ahmed Siddiqui, as telling the Reuters news agency.

“He says he did this as he was upset with attacks on churches in the country.”

The PCP report further said that Police officer, Imran Minhas, said Mr. David had confessed to sending insulting messages about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

“It’s an arbitrary law, which has been badly misused by extremists and should be abolished,” the PCP report quoted human rights woman activist, Asma Jehangir, as telling AFP.