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Two seminary students have been arrested in Punjab province under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws. Muhammad Imtiaz, a resident of Marali Ottar village, some 50 km from here, told police that yesterday he saw Muhammad Ali, 17, burning some pages of Muslim holy book in a street. Imtiaz claimed that he admonished Ali for his act and tried to stop him but to no avail. The teenager then called his senior who favoured him. On the complaint of Imtiaz, police arrested Ali and his senior colleague and registered a case under under relevant provisions against them. Blasphemy laws are often used in Pakistan to settle personal enmity.
The high profile case of Christian woman Aasia Bibi is one of such examples. Yesterday, Supreme Court judge Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman rescued himself from the bench, citing he had heard the petition of Mumtaz Qadri who had shot dead Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer in January 2011 and Aasia's case is somehow linked with it. Taseer had visited Aasia, who was on death row, in a jail in Lahore and received her mercy petition and called for reviewing controversial blasphemy laws.
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