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Christian teenager saved by police after accusation he burned the Qur'an

Asif Stephen had been detained by police under the country's strict blasphemy laws which forbid anyone insulting Islam.

He was in a police station in the central Punjab province when it's reported a mob broke in and tried to kill him.

It's claimed extra reinforcements were brought in to save the boy.

A burned copy of the Qur'an was found in July and earlier this month the boy was accused by a business rival of being the culprit.

The boy's family claim he is innocent.

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), said: "This utterly reprehensible attack on a young Christian teenager fomented by a Muslim man intent on 'killing of the competition' quite literally is a clear indication of the evil nature of Pakistan's blasphemy law.

"Laws are meant to regulate the behaviour of members of a society. They should to retain peace and order and should not be devised to create alienation and conflict."

The BPCA is now providing assistance to the boy's family.

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