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

(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.

Pakistani lawyers chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Pakistani lawyers chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration in Islamabad on Wednesday.   (Anjum Naveed)
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