Court overturns blasphemy sentence
Pakistan’s supreme court has acquitted a man of blasphemy charges after he served nine years of a life sentence. On Friday, two judges granted the appeal of Mohammad Mansha for lack of evidence, ruling that he was falsely accused. Mansha was arrested in September 2008 after the imam of a mosque in Bahawalnagar district in Punjab province told authorities that Mansha had desecrated the Quran. A judge in Punjab convicted Mansha of blasphemy and sent him to prison for life. His conviction was upheld in 2014 and the supreme court took up the case that year. Human rights groups say people often exploit Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy law to settle scores.