Chinese man held in Kashmir over ‘Koran desecration’


Man reading Koran
Desecration of the Koran is punishable with life imprisonment in Pakistan

A Chinese man in Pakistani-administered Kashmir has been taken into protective custody after he was accused of desecrating the Koran, officials say.

The man, named only as Mr Lee, works for a Chinese consortium that is building a dam in Kashmir.

A police official told the BBC that Mr Lee was held to prevent him from being lynched by an angry mob.

Allegations of blasphemy are taken very seriously in Pakistan with a number of controversial recent prosecutions.

Kashmir’s chief of police has assembled a committee of officials, politicians, local clerics and journalists to investigate the matter.

The police have not yet registered a case, saying they will wait for the committee’s report.

This is the first time a foreigner has been accused of desecrating holy scriptures under Pakistan law, the BBC’s Zulfiqar Ali reports.

Mob of ‘hundreds’

An official in the town of Muzaffarabad, close to where the alleged incident took place, said that the accusation was linked to a dispute which had taken place between Mr Lee and a local doctor hired by the consortium.

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5 Replies to “Chinese man held in Kashmir over ‘Koran desecration’”

  1. I desecrate the Koran all the time…….its called “toilet paper” in my house…..

    Regards, Don Laird
    Dogtown, Crankville County
    Alberta, Canada

    “Somewhere between here and there………………………….”

  2. This is interesting. I wonder how Beijing will react to this, seeing as they are just about the only government in the World that are not bowing down to Muslims.
    I suspect that they will do nothing.

  3. Pakistan gave part of Kashmir to China. China has been helping Pakistan nuclearize. Read Bodansky articles on China and Pakistan to see how Pakistan and China geopolitics are intertwined, including its use of Islamists as a proxy military force. China only hits back at Islamist when they attack Chinese interests but otherwise finds both Pakistani and Iranian radicals useful in its Asian power play, using Islamists to weaken Asian countries they find too strong to dominate by itself.

  4. A sample of Bodansky
    “…Consequently, it has become imperative for the PRC to consolidate direct control over both approaches to the Strait of Malacca while neutralizing the states in between through covert action. The approaches to the Strait of Malacca can be dominated from the Spratly islands and Burma’s coastline on the Bay of Bengal (most of the region’s islands being Indian territory). The key to the covert action is having Beijing’s close allies — Iran and Pakistan — either win over the Muslim governments of the key regional states or subvert the Muslim population of other key states in the region so that the internal crisis and instability will prevent them from resisting the Chinese strategic surge and rise to hegemonic position.

    And so, in the fall of 1995, Beijing is proceeding on an accelerated implementation of its ambitious and multi facetted program to consolidate control over the Strait of Malacca as a key to controlling the China Sea, the eastern Indian Ocean and chocking Western commercial traffic. Even the completion of the first phase, in which Chinese forces stay out of the Strait themselves, will put Beijing in effective control over this major choke point. Subsequent steps by the PRC and its allies to complete the surge have demonstrated a sophisticated combination of use of military power in peacetime with the exploitation of state-sponsored terrorism to achieve strategic tangible results. …The case of the Islamist terrorism in and around the Strait of Malacca is extremely important not just because of the strategic ramification of the distabilization of such countries as the Philippines and Thailand. Taken together, this terrorism campaign is a classic case of the true meaning of state-sponsored terrorism. In this specific case, the Islamist subversion of several countries is intensified because of the strategic interests of a third party — the PRC — and, to a lesser extent, of its close allies. However, it is the close allies — Pakistan and Iran — who bear the brunt of the sponsorship of, and support for the terrorist escalation. They do so more because of the strategic calculations concerning the PRC than having vital interests in the Far East….”

    I would suggest reading his several articles in the link provided above comment on both Pakistan and China to see how terrorism is a tool for geopolitics.

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