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Blasphemy case man shot in prison

A British man jailed under Pakistan's blasphemy laws has been shot and injured in prison.

Mohammad Asghar, from Edinburgh, was sentenced to death in January following a trial.

He was arrested in 2010 in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, for claiming to be the Prophet Mohammed in letters sent to various officials, according to prosecutor Javed Gul.

However, a lawyer who defended Mr Asghar said he suffers from mental illness and the case was really a property dispute.

The charity Reprieve said he had been shot but no information was available about his condition.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are urgently looking into reports that a British national has been injured in prison in Pakistan."

The blasphemy complaint was brought against Mr Asghar by a tenant with whom he was having a dispute.

His family have appealed to the UK Government to do everything it can to make sure he is safe.


From Belfast Telegraph