Police in Pakistan said that they arrested the imam of a mosque for inciting violence after a fifteen year old boy was told by the cleric that he was a blasphemer who later went home and cut off his own hand.
Shabbir Ahmed while preaching at a village in the east of the Punjab province asked the crowd if “anyone did not love the Prophet Mohammad?” The boy then raised his hand after not hearing the question clearly and was called a “blasphemer” in front of the attendees.
The boy later went home and cut off his own hand.
Police said that anti-terrorism charges were filed against Ahmed and that he was arrested on Saturday.
Authorities said that under the National Action Plan, hate speeches inciting violence are no longer allowed in Pakistan.