A Muslim cleric has been arrested in Pakistan on terror charges after a teenage boy he accused of blasphemy responded by sawing off his own hand.
Anwar Ali (15) performed the act of self-amputation with a scythe after attending a religious gathering in his local mosque last Monday.
Shabir Ahmed challenged anyone who did not love the prophet Muhammad – the most revered figure in Islam – to raise their hand.
The boy misunderstood the question and put his hand up – prompting a chorus of shouts from those attending the Milad – a traditional event where songs and poems praising Muhammad are performed.
Ahmed – the cleric at the mosque in the small Punjab town of Hujra Shah Muqeem – reportedly denounced the boy as a ‘blasphemer who was liable to be killed’.
Nausher Ahmed – a police officer – said an emotional Ali rushed home and returned with his severed hand on a plate – which he presented to the mullah.