Press Trust of India
Lahore, 3 September
Pakistani police have arrested a woman under the controversial blasphemy laws for declaring herself a ‘Prophet’.
According to police, Salma Fatima, wife of Tanvir, who lived in the vicinity of Gulberg, a thickly-populated locality of Lahore, distributed ‘blasphemous’ pamphlets in the area yesterday morning.
In the pamphlets, police said not only she declared herself a “Prophet of Muslims but also had committed blasphemy in the honour of Prophet Muhammad.”
The locals rushed to her residence. Police who reached there as well to control the situation.
According to an eyewitnesses, before the mob turned violent, the police arrested the woman and shifted her to women police station. “We were shocked to read the blasphemous pamphlet written by Fatima. Some of the area women used to visit Fatima for resolution of their problems as she would give them ‘taweez’ (a bean covered in a piece of paper in which some Quranic verses were written) for the purpose,” said Faisal Ali, a local resident.
“Apparently she was not abnormal or psychopath,” he said.
Superintendent of Police Tariq Aziz said a case had been registered against Fatima on the complaint of a local prayer leader Iftikhar Ahmad.
“Women police are interrogating her and also recording the statement of the witnesses,” he said. The police have also arrested her husband and are interrogating him too.