20/11/2012 10:01 GMT | Updated 20/11/2012 10:02 GMT

Pakistan Blasphemy Case Against Rimsha Masih, 14, Dropped Due To Lack Of Evidence

A blasphemy case against a 14-year-old Christian girl said to have learning disabilities, which led to international outcry, has been dropped by a Pakistani court.

Attorney Abdul Hameed said the charges against Rimsha Masih, who was accused of burning pages from the Quran, would be dropped due to lack of evidence.

In September police in Pakistan arrested Imam Khalid Chishti on suspicion of planting evidence in the blasphemy case.


Rimsha Masih sits in a helicopter after her release from jail on bail in September

The Associated Press said the case against Chishti is due to go ahead.

After Rimsha's arrest in August, reports emerged of hundreds of Christian families fleeing Pakistan in fear of persecution. According to the Washington Post around 600 Christians fled the capital.

The BBC said Rimsha's family also had to go into hiding following the arrest.

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Chishti is accused of planting pages of the Quran in a bag that Rimsha was carrying

Pakistan's Minister for National Harmony, Paul Bhatti, told the BBC Rimsha was arrested after police came "under a lot of pressure from a very large crowd who were threatening to burn down Christian homes."

In Pakistan blasphemy charges can carry a death sentence or life in prison.