We have received news of another very unfortunate event in Pakistan. A 11 year old Christian girl with Down syndrome named Rimsha daughter of Misrak Masih, resident of Umara Jaffar, sector G12/0 Islamabad, has been falsely accused of burning 10 pages of the Quran. She was arrested on August 17 by the women police station with the FIR no as 303/12 at 6:45 pm. The complainants name is Alsyed Muhammad Ummad.
The whole community is now threatened by extremists wanting to burn down the village. 2-300 people have left their homes and are in hiding due to threats from mobs declaring that they will soon attack the village. APMA has been providing for their food expenses since many have left their residence. Dr. Paul Bhatti along with APMA members have so far controlled the situation by reporting the incident to the police.
Around 1500 people blocked the roads around the village and burned tires wanting to attack the village. The attack was planned to take place after Friday prayers. Dr. Bhatti has been speaking to Islamic clerics separately and they have agreed so far not to attack.
Please pray for Rimsha Masih and her family along with all the people living in their community. May God soon bring them out of this difficult time and also give them strength to face this horrible situation. Also pray for Dr. Paul Bhatti and APMA so that God will give them wisdom to take appropriate measures.