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Blasphemy-accused girl: US finds case ‘deeply disturbing’

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Urges Pakistani government to protect religious minorities, women and girls. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WASHINGTION: US State Department says the case of an 11-year-old girl arrested in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy is “deeply disturbing.”

According to a transcript of the press briefing, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said that they are calling on the Pakistani government to have the investigation into the matter in a transparent way.

In response to a question, Nuland said that they welcomed President Zardari’s statement on the matter as well as the directive to the Interior Ministry to look into the case.

“We urge the government of Pakistan to protect not just its religious minority citizens, but also women and girls.”

When asked about the blasphemy law, Nuland did not respond on how the law compared to other such laws.

“But as a general matter, concerns that in this case, what is being touted as an abuse or an intentional act for religious purposes may, in fact, have been something else.”

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Posted by on August 21, 2012. Filed under Americas,Pakistan,United States. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to Blasphemy-accused girl: US finds case ‘deeply disturbing’

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    August 21, 2012 at 5:53 am

    It would be funny, if it was not so tragic: The Pakistan Government ‘revived’ the blasphemy laws especially to target members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at and now Christians (and Muslims) get caught up in it.