Police said today that they have arrested a Muslim cleric who accused a Christian girl of blasphemy on suspicion that he planted evidence.
Cleric Khalid Chishti was arrested late on Saturday for allegedly planting pages of a Koran in a shopping bag containing burned papers and ash that had been carried by the girl.
The case of the Christian girl, who has Down's syndrome, and who allegedly burned pages of a Koran with her family's domestic rubbish has sparked controversy at home and abroad because of her age and questions about her mental capacity.
Her supporters put her age as young as 11 but others disagree.
Some Christians have left the neighbourhood where the accused girl lived, fearing retribution by their Muslim neighbours.