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Cleric in blasphemy case acquitted

AFP-JIJI

A Pakistan court Saturday acquitted a Muslim cleric who accused a Christian girl of blasphemy before he himself was arrested on similar charges, a lawyer said.

The girl, Rimsha Masih, was arrested in August 2012 for allegedly burning pages containing Quranic verses but the case against her, which drew widespread international condemnation, was quashed.

Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, the cleric who made the allegations, was accused of desecrating the Quran and tampering with the evidence against Rimsha.

But his lawyer, Wajid Ali Gilani, said: “The court has dismissed all charges against Khalid Chishti and has acquitted him in this case.”