Pakistan Koran Burning Update
We're receiving more details about last week's Quran burning incident in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Apparently the accused is a young girl named Rimsha . Some activists say she is 11 years old. Police insist she is a teenager.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari wants officials to explain why they arrested her. Apparently Rimsha has Down's Syndrome, is illiterate, and would not understand the seriousness of her actions if she did burn pages of a Quran as alleged.
She reportedly sorted through the garbage, gathering papers to be used for cooking. A Muslim neighbor entered the family's home and accused them of burning pages inscribed with verses from the Quran. An Angry mob demanded her arrest.
Christians in the Islamabad neighborhood (known as Mehrabad) fled their homes and sought safety in other areas of the city. A spokesman for a Pakistan women's rights organization, Woman's Action Forum, expressed outrage over Rimsha's arrest, saying the girl's case should have been referred to the Juvenile Justice System.
Zadari wants the interior ministry to investigate the incident and send him a report.
This is the typical response from an Islamic nation that lacks moderation and tolerance. Christians, the weak and the poor--those least able to defend themselves--are the usual victims. Just one month ago, a mentally unstable man accused of blasphemy in central Punjab Province was beaten to death, also for allegedly burning pages of the Quran.
Pray for young Rimsha--that she will be released from jail because of the intervention of the Pakistani President. Pray that others suffering in prison under Pakistan's archaeic 295 Blasphemy Law will be comforted--that they too, will be freed from their chains.
Pray for the people of Pakistan--a nation in desperate need of truth, justice...and Jesus.