Christian man in Pakistan arrested for blasphemous remark against Prophet

Police said a Christian sweeper allegedly uttered remarks against the Prophet in Kharian Gujrat, some 200 km from Lahore in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

world Updated: Jul 15, 2017 15:43 IST
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Pakistani security personnel arrested a Christian man on blasphemy charges.(AFP File Photo / Representational)

A Christian man has been arrested on charges of blasphemy in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Soon after arresting the suspect, police shifted him to an undisclosed location over fears that people led by religious groups might attack the police station.

The incident took place at Kharian Gujrat, some 200 km from Lahore, the capital of Punjab.

Nadeem Ahmed, owner of an electric shop in Dinga town, filed a police complaint that a friend informed him on Thursday that a Christian sweeper allegedly uttered remarks against the Prophet, according to superintendent of police Maaz Zafar.

The sweeper worked at a private hospital, and a case has been registered against him.

Zafar said police raided the whereabouts of the sweeper and arrested him.

He said the situation in the area was under control and police are patrolling the town.

Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in Pakistan and those accused of it have become an easy target for extremists.

First Published: Jul 15, 2017 15:43 IST