Pakistan: Eight-year-old Christian boy, mother released after blasphemy arrests

By AT/TOA | The Times of Ahmad

An eight-year-old Christian boy and his mother have beens freed after blasphemy charges were leveled against the pair in Quetta Pakistan.

The boy, Izhan and his mother, Shakil, a nurse, were both accused of burning pages of the Quran in the city of Quetta last week, according to news website Premier (

While jailed both Christian and Muslim politicians campaigned for their release, Premier further reported.

The matter was resolved one day later with the blasphemy accusations quashed.

This is not the first time that a child was charged with a blasphemy offence and that this boy, according to Christian rights activists, “may have never have even heard of the word blasphemy”.

A boy aged 12 was charged for blasphemy in 1993, a crime it was later determined he had not committed. Similarly, in 2011, a 13-year-old Christian girl was accused of blasphemy by her Muslim teacher for misspelling.

“Unfortunately, this is the worst example of hatred and intolerance against Christians and treatment towards them in Pakistan,” said a minority rights activist, Nasir Saeed, according to various press statement.

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India: MLA report card — Charanjit Kaur Bajwa from Qadian, Punjab


By Harkirat Singh and Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times
Posted October 23, 2016

Charanjit Kaur Bajwa, 58, Congress

Constituency: Qadian
Education: Graduate
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 17.9 cr
Electoral record
2012: Defeated Sewa Singh Sekhwan of the SAD by a margin of 16,156 votes
2007: She did not contest; Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal of SAD won this seat
Assembly record:
Questions asked: 47
Call attention moved: 0

Power punch: Wife of RS MP and state Cong ex-chief Partap Bajwa
What next: She or her son would contest; Partap Bajwa to decide

How she performed

Being a Congress MLA, she could not manage to bring any major development project from the state government for her constituency. Her only help came from the MPLAD fund of her husband Partap Singh Bajwa who was Lok Sabha MP from Gurdaspur till 2014 and is now in the Rajya Sabha. As Gurdaspur district Congress committee was dominated by those opposed to her husband, she kept away from protests that party colleagues organised at the district level. However, she did protest, through a letter to the CM, about working of the Akali halqa in-charge Sewa Singh Sekhwan and distribution of funds. She complained about not being invited to government functions where again Sekhwan, whom she had defeated, was given prominence.

By the way: Runs NGO and projects for women

“Whatever development took place was done by the SAD and its halqa in-charge Sewa Singh Sekhwan (whom Charanjit had defeated). She was rarely seen in the area,” Sangram Chaudhary, 30, rice miller, said.

“She was never in touch with voters. Now, Congress leaders are coming here after lying low for four years. The constituency lacks basic infrastructure and facilities of health,” Jagandeep Singh, 28, businessman, said.


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India: 37th Annual Convention of Ahmadiyya Muslim elders concludes in Qadian

Maulana Mohammad Inam Ghori addressed the Ijteman participants also, advising the member to always follow the directives of the Khalifa of Islam.

By Ch. Maqbool Ahmad | October 23, 2016

Qadian: The 3-day 37th National Ijtema of the Ahamadiyya Muslim Elders Association, Majlis Ansarullah Bharat, concluded here in Qadian.

The concluding session, presided over by Chief Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Bharat, Maulana Mohammad Inam Ghori, was held at the T.I. Senior Secondary School Grounds near Sarae Tahir.

National President Majlis Ansarullah Bharat, Zainuddin Hamid were also present on the stage.

After the Recitation of the Holy Quran, and pledge for Loyalty with Islam-Ahmadiyyat and Caliphate, Zainuddin Hamid thanked the Ijtema participants and volunteers for making the Ijtema successful and appreciated the local administration for their co-operation.

Maulana Mohammad Inam Ghori addressed the Ijteman participants also, advising the member to always follow the directives of the Khalifa of Islam.


Maulana Mohammad Inam Ghori awarded Ialm-e Ina’ami to Majlis Ansarullah Qadian which stood first among Indian chapters for their excellent work for their organization and membership.

Maulana Mazhar Ahmad Waseem received the trophy and Majlis Flag with his team from Maulana Mohammad Inam Ghori.

Prizes were distributed also to the players and other elders who took any of the topt three positions in the various competitions held by Majlis Ansarullah Bharat.

The session was concluded with silent prayers.

Ch.Maqbool Ahmad Journalist Qadian