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Pakistan girl accused of defaming Islam granted bail
Pakistan girl accused of defaming Islam granted bail
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It was not clear when the girl, Rimsha Masih, would be released.

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Christian girl arrested in Pakistan for defaming Islam was granted bail on Friday, a judge said, days after police detained a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her.

It was not clear when the girl, Rimsha Masih, would be released.

If bail payment is met, Masih, who is believed to be 14, will be reunited with her family at a location that is being kept secret for security reasons, said Robinson Asghar, an aide to the minister for national harmony.

There were no plans to send Masih abroad, he told Reuters.

Masih was accused by Muslim neighbours of burning Islamic religious texts and arrested, but police recently said a cleric had been taken into custody after witnesses reported he had torn pages from a Koran and planted them in Masih's bag beside burned papers.



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