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Pak cleric arrested, booked under blasphemy for claiming to be '11th Imam of Islam'

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Police in Pakistan's province on Monday arrested a cleric, who claimed himself to be the 11th Imam of Islam, and booked him under laws.

Police booked Farhan Ahmed, who is in his late 40s, on the charges of after a video in which he claimed himself to be the 11th Imam of went viral on

Ahmed is a resident of Sahiwal, some 200-km from Lahore, the provincial capital.

According to police, an FIR has been registered against Ahmed under section 295-A of the Penal Code and section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order.

Police said Ahmed told his followers that Sufi saints had already foretold about his "appearance".

"The and the should swear their allegiance to me," said Ahmed, who was flanked by his disciples in the video.

He also claimed that he was the guardian of the appearance of He invited the youth of to join him, urging them to take oath of allegiance to him.

Police are also investigating whether he made this claim because of any mental impairment. Police also recorded the statements of some of his followers.

An imam is the head or of an imamate. Imam Mahdi, according to the Islamic belief, will appear on Earth before the Day of Judgment.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 20:45 IST