Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Breaking news regarding this case: A local Imam, Khalid Chisti, has been arrested on charges of blasphemy for planting the burned pages of the Qur'an among the items carried by the prosecuted girl in order to force local Christians to flee the area in the ensuing violence. Watch the BBC report here.
Mr. Chisti has been reported as saying ""We are not upset the Christians have left and we will be pleased if they don't come back" (source)
Now there is the possibility that he may have to fear for his life, being prosecuted under the same blasphemy law that he conspired to have the poor young girl prosecuted under. I am still against the blasphemy law (specifically because we know that such abuses of it do go on; here is finally evidence that the authorities cannot ignore!), but in this case I have to say, it couldn't be happening to a more deserving guy.
I'm sure the Imam is banking on the reality that no one in Pakistan courts has ever actually been executed under the blasphemy laws, they are realistically more like a political pandering tool for the Pakistani government. The real problem with the blasphemy laws is they do in fact encourage extremists and hatemongers to form lynch mobs and execute vigilante justice similar in vein to the KKK of olde. While the Pakistani courts have yet to execute a single person under the laws, it is estimated by several NGOs that several hundred people have been murdered by lynch mobs or vigilantes. Some of them have been accused Christians, others minority sect Muslims, and quite often just personal vendettas having little to do with any semblance of Islam. This is also partly what fueled some of the racial lynching in the US, sometimes folks were taking advantage of the community's prejudices to pursue more personal vendettas, which is what some studies about blasphemy laws in Pakistan have also suggested.
For instance, I recall another thread about a Christian boy who was murdered after being accused by the blasphemy laws, but one of our posters pointed out that later evidence revealed that the boy wasn't killed because he was a Christian at all, but rather even worse was raped and killed by pedophile
We must pray for ALL peoples whose safety and security is threatened by both these unjust and dangerous laws but more so the vitriolic prejudices which allow whole communities to allow vigilantism and lynch mob mentalities to continue unabated.