A local court in Islamabad, turns over a Pakistani-born US citizen, who was arrested on charges of blasphemy to police custody for a four day physical remand.
Islamabad police detained, Dr. Iftikhar Sheikh,resident of I/8-4 on Sunday, 9th of December, for allegedly committing blasphemy. An FIR under section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code was filed on the same day against him. Police moved the detainee to an undisclosed place for investigation.
The respondent was presented in a local court, on Monday, 10th of December, under strict security. The investigating officer, however, petitioned for a seven day physical remand of the alleged offender, to scrutinize. If however, the Court did not agree; granting a four day physical remand of Dr. Iftikhar. His next court hearing will be held on Friday, 14th of December.
The police on the other hand, expounds that they are to recover controversial material, which falls under the category of blasphemy. “The FIR against Dr. Iftikhar was not filed by any government official but his own nephew, Muhammad Usman Sheikh” SHO Lal Din.
Deputy superintendent of police, of I-9 sub-division, Islamabad, Ashraf Shah, told BBC, on Sunday that Dr. Iftikhar wrote a book titled,”Rutba-e-Rasul”, which according to police contained such words which were irreverent. As a consequence, agitated populace held a demonstration against the contentious content of the book and its publication, blocking I J Principal Road.
Local police further unfolded that, Dr. Iftikhar was residing in Pakistan since last five years during which he wrote this book and that according to 295 C, of Pakistan Penal Code, there is death penalty for the person committing this crime.
By Madeeha Shakeel