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Pakistani court dismisses Rimsha Masih blasphemy case

Free at last


The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday acquitted the young Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, who was accused in August of burning pages of the Qur'an, and faced blasphemy charges that could have carried a life sentence in prison (AP, CNN, BBC, ET/AFP, Guardian, Dawn, The News). Reports that Rimsha is mentally handicapped sparked international outcry over her case, and in September, the imam who had accused Rimsha was himself accused of fabricating evidence against her.

Indian authorities have asked Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik not to visit New Delhi later this week to inaugurate the countries' new visa regime as planned, citing the coming winter session of parliament (ET). But some experts have said that the real reason is Pakistan's continued failure to prosecute the suspected architects of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Capital punishment

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has approved the execution of more than 10 prisoners "accused of heavy crimes such as rape and murder," the presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said on Monday (AFP). The executions are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, and could take the lives of 22 convicted prisoners over the next few days.

Illicit images

Pakistani painter Iqbal Hussain is an unconventional artist in his mostly conservative country (Post). From his childhood home in what was once Lahore's busy red-light district, he paints portraits of the sex workers who still dot the streets at night.

-- Jennifer Rowland



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