Pakistani Who Boycotted Protests Faces Blasphemy Inquiry
Businessman refused to close his shops over anti-Islam movie
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2012 12:29 PM CDT
Pakistani lawyers chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration in Islamabad on Wednesday.   (Anjum Naveed)

(Newser) – Pakistani officials say they have opened an investigation into a businessman who has been accused of blasphemy after refusing to join protests over the anti-Islam video and allegedly trying to convince others also not to take part. Haji Nasrullah Khan refused to shut his shops in solidarity with protesters, prompting critics to say he supported the film Innocence of Muslims. Blasphemy is punishable by life in prison or death in Pakistan.

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Sep 20, 2012 6:55 AM CDT
AP's agitprop conveniently fails to mention key details: City police chief Fareed Jan said Wednesday the protesters claim Khan insulted the Prophet. Jan said there's no evidence to suggest this happened and said police were pressured by the mob to open the case.
Sep 19, 2012 7:44 PM CDT
See? What further proof do you need to realize that Muslims are barbarians? Look, I don't know what happened between the 11th century and now, but it's clear they've retrogressed badly in the development of their civilization. I blame the mullahs.
Sep 19, 2012 7:08 PM CDT
can of mixed nuts.