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Pakistani Christian Jailed for Blasphemy Over Facebook Like 

Senior police official Akhtar Ansari said the arrest was made this week in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province.

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The arrest was made on a complaint by a Muslim who found the act insulting. Picture used only for representational purposes. (Photo: iStock)

Pakistani police said on Wednesday that they have arrested a 16-year-old Christian boy on blasphemy charges after he “liked” an “inappropriate” photograph on Facebook of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam.

Senior police official Akhtar Ansari said that the arrest was made this week in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province.

He said that the police have sent the boy to jail and that he is pending trial.

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A Pakistani woman walks past the locked house of the  boy  in district Kasur, Pakistan. (Photo: AP)
A Pakistani woman walks past the locked house of the boy in district Kasur, Pakistan. (Photo: AP)

Ansari said that the police had made the arrest after being alerted of the Facebook post by a Muslim who found it insulting.

Under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting Islam can be sentenced to death. However the laws are also sometimes used to settle personal scores and target minorities.

In 2015, Muslims beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating the Quran.

(Published in an arrangement with AP)

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