Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy is released on bail

A Pakistani Christian girl accused of desecrating a copy of the Qur’an was freed from a jail in Rawalpindi on Saturday. Rimisha Masih, who is 14 years old and has Down’s syndrome, was released after her village’s Muslim cleric was arrested, suspected of tampering with evidence in order to encourage anti-Christian sentiment. Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti appeared in court on Sunday, accused of adding pages torn from the Qur’an to a bag of rubbish and charred sacred texts that Rimsha had been seen carrying on 16 August. Rimisha’s lawyers say they will now push to have the case against her thrown out entirely.