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Pakistani Christian held for 'blasphemous' Mecca photo

Kaaba, a building in Islam's most sacred mosque?Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. Photograph: (AFP)

AFP Islamabad, Pakistan Sep 20, 2016, 04.28 PM (IST)
A Pakistani Christian has been held for liking and sharing a derogatory picture of the Kaaba, a building in Islam's most sacred mosque Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.

Nabeel Chohan, who is 18 years of age and hails from Punjab province, had apparently liked and shared a denigrating picture of the Kaaba.

The teenager also had the photo saved on his phone. 

One of Chohan's friends, a Muslim, told police about the incident and later filed a blasphemy case, police official Shahbaz Ahmed told AFP.

"A case of hurting religious sentiments of Muslims and desecrating the religious place has been lodged," Ahmed further said.

Pakistan has a stringent blasphemy law in the country. As many as 1,300 people have been arrested since 1987 and court punishment ranges from a fine to death sentence.

The blasphemy laws were made stricter between 1980 and 1986 under the military government of General Zia-ul-Haq.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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