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PUCM 'Welcomes' the Release of Rimsha and Announces to Award the Media People

It also calls to arrange a conference of Christian Leadership of Pakistan.

Rare photo of little girl Rimsha
Rare photo of little girl Rimsha - Pakistan, The Nation

(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) - The Pakistan United Christian Movement (PUCM) has issued a statement welcoming the release on bail of Rimsha; the 14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl charged under 295-B of the country’s controversial blasphemy law.

Albert David, Chairman Executive Committee (PUCM) said, “The release of Rimsha is a success for the religious minorities in Pakistan and all human rights organizations working to restore their rights.”

Albert then paid tribute to the “court of law for upholding the norms of justice” and said that he also “appreciate the stand by Additional Session Judge, Mohammad Azam Khan, in taking the decision to grant bail to Rimsha.”

He promises to do all he can to assist her with her bail and settlement of the case - in which the mentally-challenged girl who was arrested last month on charges of blasphemy for allegedly burning pages with text from the Quran. The incident prompted worldwide protests and outcry.

Eventually, witnesses came forward reporting that a Qari Mohammad Khalid (cleric) had torn pages from a Quran and planted them in Rimsha’s shopping bag which contained ashes. The cleric was arrested then for attempting to frame the minor girl who is said to be illiterate.

Now she is free on bail and in hiding with her family for her own safety, Albert much-admired “the role of Civil Society, Islamic Scholars and Religious Leaders and especially THE MEDIA (local and international) in highlighting the issue and speaking in the favor of Rimsha.”

PUCM was the first one organization in Islamabad/Rawalpindi to organize the protest rally for Rimsha, he added.

Talking in the board meeting he announced to award (RIMSHA AWARD) to the media personal for their courageous work during the coverage of Rimsha case. No doubt every civil society member has played his role and PUCM really appreciates their endless efforts. Media personal have not left any stone unturned during this case. So keeping in view their efforts, PUCM will arranged a ceremony to acknowledge it, he announced.

All media (local & International) personal are requested to send their names and some of their work done during the Rimsha case at your earliest at shmaimpakistan@gmail.com

Your earliest response will be appreciated



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