Pakistan 'blasphemy' girl case dismissed

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Cleric Hafiz Mohammad Zubair, third from right, meets with residents in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan at a local mosque on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 regarding an alleged blasphemy by a Christian girl. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investigating whether she violated the country's strict blasphemy laws after furious neighbors surrounded her house and demanded police take action, a police officer said Monday. The arrest of the girl and outrage among the local community demonstrates the deep emotion that suspected blasphemy cases can evoke in this conservative Muslim country, where rising extremism often means religious minorities live in fear of persecution. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

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A Pakistani court dismissed on Nov. 20 a blasphemy case against a Christian girl which had drawn international condemnation and concern about the rights of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country.

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