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Vet charged with blasphemy over rapping medicine in religious text

Mirpur Khas, May 29 (BBC/WNP): A Hindu veterinary doctor has been charged under the country’s strict blasphemy laws after allegedly selling medicine wrapped in paper bearing Islamic religious text.

An angry crowd set fire to his clinic near Mirpur Khas and other Hindu-owned shops were looted.

The vet said his use of the paper, apparently torn from an Islamic studies school textbook, was a mistake.

According to reports, the vet had used pages from the school textbook to wrap up medicines for a customer with sick livestock. But the customer saw Islamic religious content on the pages and went to a local cleric who informed police.

Maulana Hafeez-ur-Rehman, a local leader of the religious political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami, told BBC Urdu that the doctor had done it deliberately.

According to police, the vet has insisted that his use of the paper was a mistake.

He has since been charged with insulting religious beliefs and defiling the Quran and faces life in prison.

Four shops, including the vet’s clinic and a medical store, were ransacked and then set alight, local journalists reported.

Mirpur Khas police officer Javed Iqbal told that those involved in the attacks would be arrested. He said they had “neither love for Islam nor for their neighbours”.

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