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According to reports, a Muslim man in the Kasur District of Pakistan’s Punjab Province has been arrested and charged with committing blasphemy after he was accused of burning a Bible. Christians in Sanda Phattak Village reportedly witnessed the Muslim man burning a Bible and reported the incident to police. Police arrested the man and have now formally charged him with blasphemy. Some reports now indicate that the Muslim man may be mentally ill. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are often abused to settle scores, for personal gain, or to incite religious hatred. Most often, religious minorities are accused of blaspheming against Islam, but in this case a blasphemy charge has been leveled against a Muslim for insulting a minority faith.

1/7/2016 Pakistan (Daily Pakistan) – A Muslim man has been arrested and a case has been registered against him under Blasphemy act on the allegation of torching Bible, the sacred book of Christians, in Sanda Phattak village of Ganda Sing police station in Kasur.

According to police officials the man has been identified as Azhar and a resident of Sialkot district.

He was arrested on the complaint of John Masih who stated that his wife Sadiqan Bibi saw the accused burning Bible in a local church.

“Sadiqan locked the church from outside and informed other members of Christian community who later on handed over the suspect to police,” the Dawn reported.

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