Jadoon adding pages of the Quran

The Islamabad police have arrested a prayer leader for fabricating evidence to implicate that 13-year-old girl in “blasphemy.”

Police have arrested prayer leader Khalid Jadoon on charges of fabricating evidence, which he had used to accuse Rimsha Masih of committing blasphemy by allegedly burning Quranic pages, Express Newsreported early on Sunday.

Express News correspondent Qamarul Munawar said that Hafiz Muhammad Zubair, who witnessed Jadoon adding pages of the Quran, recorded a statement with the Rawalpindi magistrate on Saturday.

According to Zubair’s account, he was sitting in Iteqaaf in the mosque when some people handed burnt pages to the prayer leader. After a little while, Jadoon added additional pages of the Quran to the pile.

Zubair, in his statement added that three other people present with him in the mosque asked Jadoon why he was adding documents to the pile of burnt paper, to which prayer leader said that such an act was necessary to strengthen their case.

Some people gave this fella some burned pages. They weren’t from the Quran. So he put in some pages from the Quran, to “strengthen” their non-existent “case.”

How very…pious.


  1. xmaseveeve says

    Exactly what I was thinking. Where did he get the pages? What nice people, framing a Christian child to clear Christians from their homes!

  2. Scote says

    Yeah, anyone want to bet that false charges of desecration against a “holy” man don’t have the same risk of a mob-driven death penalty verdict that false charges against a 13-year-old girl do?

  3. Charles Sullivan says

    This is exactly why blasphemy laws are so dangerous. They easily allow people to pursue their petty grudges or greedy desires with a veil of piety.

    Makes me think of all the women accused and killed on accusations of being witches in the middle ages (and after).

  4. 'Tis Himself says

    The case was either weak or non-existent so this “Man of God” decided to fake some evidence to get a girl convicted of something she didn’t do but which he actually did.

  5. Digital Canary says

    False charges would be equally unjust.
    But if the allegation is true, then he should be as eager for his punishment as he was for the girl’s.
    Which only further underscores the irrational and abhorrent nature of religious “law”.

  6. Shaker Srinivasan says

    Reminds of this incident that happened in India. Years ago, my father and his neighbors were faced with a predicament – a politically well connected fellow was blasting an illegal granite quarry too close to our houses for comfort. After several pleas to the lay authorities didn’t work, my father decided to appeal to the “higher authority” – he went to a used goods shop and got a a lance shaped rod. Overnight, he and a few of his friends dug a hole in the ground near the quarry and stuck the lance in.

    The next morning he gathered the people around and announced a “miracle” – a Vel or a lance, the weapon of the Tamil god Murugan, has sprung from the ground, and so it should be declared as a holy site. A thatched hut was quickly built around the lance, and the “temple” was consecrated. The fellow promptly abandoned the quarry.

    Sometimes, god delusion helps, too 😀

  7. says

    Sorry, I’m clueless over here…what did this defenseless little girl do in the first place to make her such a threat that she needs to be prosecuted as a criminal and gotten rid of?

    Did she piss off someone in a position of responsibility? Does she have dirt on someone who wants to keep her quiet?

  8. says

    On the plus side – this shows that there are people in Pakistan (probably even muslims!) who actually value the truth when it comes to accusing someone of disrespecting a piece of paper.

  9. Albert Bakker says

    #11 Please report to the nearest mental institution asap.

    Respect for Hafiz Muhammed Zubair, for he probably is quite aware his deed will not go unpunished.

    It would be ironic if that idiot hatebeard sealed his own fate instead of that little girl. But I have little doubt that he will not have to (nor should he, in my view) because I don’t know he acted in good faith or something and it’s probably some complicated conspiracy anyway or something or other, and the girl will still have to either emigrate and live there under permanent police protection or she will be killed. No country will want to take her, because everybody hates immigrants, so her fate is sealed anyway.

  10. Rrr says

    BBC gives the imam a different name:

    However, a witness has testified that imam Khalid Chishti put the pages in the bag himself, local media say.

    The case of the girl, named as Rimsha, who is said to be about 14, has sparked international condemnation.

    A report by a government-appointed medical board seen by the BBC suggests the girl has a mental age of less than 14.However, a witness has testified that imam Khalid Chishti put the pages in the bag himself, local media say.

  11. says

    I’m 50 years old, and I’m not often shocked these days.

    This shocks me. How unspeakably cruel, to try to get an innocent, mentally handicapped teenager stoned or burned to death.

    I wonder what his motive was? Did she do something to upset him (like not show enough deference) or does he believe that persecuting Christians will get him into paradise with the 72 virgins? Or is he just after power hear and now?

    And I’d like to think this will shock people out of the mindset of “burn the blasphemer on accusation, without waiting for evidence”. But I’ve a horrible feeling that lots of people will find it too shocking to believe. “Muslims don’t do that!”

    Except that this one did.

    Yes, Hafiz Muhammad Zubair is very brave, and I hope he’ll be safe. I really hope the other witnesses will come forward, now that one has.

  12. Roger says

    I wonder what his motive was? Did she do something to upset him (like not show enough deference) or does he believe that persecuting Christians will get him into paradise with the 72 virgins? Or is he just after power hear and now?

    Muslim doctrine is that people who die before they could be aware of the truth of islam go to paradise.
    Perhaps Khalid Jadoon was giving her a helping hand to heaven.

  13. says

    It’s chilling to think about how many other cases like this one don’t hit the western media, maybe because the accused isn’t so clearly a vulnerable innocent but is just like thee or me.

    This is one of those days that going to live on some minor island off Scotland and eat seaweed, to get as far away as I can from my fellow humans, sounds like a good option.

  14. John the Drunkard says

    Doesn’t this fetishising of the Q’uran qualify as idolatry? Wahhabis are eager to tear down every monument–including those to Mo–in their craze against ‘idols.’

    If the Koran is eternal and outside of time and so forth, why this crazy worship of wood-pulp?

  15. says

    So this poor girl has been in prison for at least a fortnight and the decision to grant her bail was apparently gleefully delayed by the prosecution lawyer over a technicality all – if the allegations are true – in the name of lying for….well, in this case for bigotry, since the goal seems to have been to get rid of Christians in the area.

    I wonder if he ever thought once about that poor girl and what she’s suffering. As I understand it, the punishment she was facing (still faces, presumably, unless the charges are dropped) range from a fine to death.

    Right now, she’s sitting in prison contemplating that.

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