They didn’t kill him. They must be moderates. But note well: this is the kind of treatment Islamic supremacists would love to see imposed in the West upon those who “offend Islam.” Sharia Alert from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: “Pakistani Muslim jailed for burning Koran,” from AFP, March 15 (thanks to David):
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, March 15, 2012 (AFP) – A Pakistani court on Tuesday jailed a 42-year-old Muslim man for life for burning a Koran, officials said.
Naseem Ahmed, a father of three, was arrested last June on charges of desecrating Islam’s holy book in Lasda village in Pakistani Kashmir, about 40 km (25 miles) east of the regional capital Muzaffarabad.
The farmer was found guilty under the Muslim country’s tough blasphemy laws that make defaming Islam punishable by death and which have been heavily criticised in the West, particularly over the persecution of a tiny non-Muslim minority.
“We heard up to 15 witnesses. His mother also testified against the accused and we have given him life imprisonment,” Judge Ameerullah Khan told AFP.
Ahmed said he would appeal the sentence, professing his innocence and saying he had no idea that a Koran was among a pile of books he set alight.
“My younger brother and sister didn’t care about their school books and used to leave them scattered around the house,” Ahmed told AFP, speaking by telephone from custody.
“One day I came home and got angry at seeing the books scattered. I collected them up and burnt them. My mother admonished me, telling me that among the books I burnt, was a copy of Holy Koran,” he said.
“The neighbour overheard and called the police. Members of a rival (Sunni Muslim) sect with whom I had been clashing in the past suddenly became active in this case that is why I have been convicted,” he said….