France decries blasphemy charge against Pakistani girl
[Dawn] La Belle France on Tuesday added its voice to mounting international concern over the arrest on blasphemy charges of a young Christian girl in Pakistain.
The girl, Rimsha, is reported to have Down's syndrome. She faces the death penalty for allegedly burning pages with verses from the Koran.
French foreign ministry front man Vincent Floreani said Gay Paree welcomed an announcement by Pak President Asif Ali
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that he would look into the case.
"La Belle France calls on the Pak authorities to free this young girl," he added.
"We would also recall that the very existence of a crime of blasphemy is in breach of fundamental liberties, the freedom of religion or of conviction as well as the freedom of speech.
"We call on Pakistain to respect its international commitments in this respect."Zardari has asked the interior ministry to submit a report on the case, the details of which remain unclear.
Reports in Pakistain have suggested the allegations against her were triggered after she burnt papers collected from a garbage pile for cooking.
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