ISLAMABAD - Reiterating its demand of providing protection to Rimsha, the Christian girl accused of blasphemy, the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) has called upon the government to form a joint investigation team for bringing the culprits to justice, reported BBC. “Rimsha is Pakistan's daughter and the PUC is ready to protect her if the government fails to do so,” PUC Chairman Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi told the media on Monday. Flanked by representatives of Christians, he said: “Imam Khalid Jadoon brought shame on us because no Muslim can commit such a mortifying act.”  Ashrafi stressed the need for stepping up efforts to end misuse of the blasphemy law.

“The law should be retained, but the investigation process needs to be improved after some of the recent events. Mockery of law should never be allowed,” he stressed. Ashrafi went on to propose that besides the Ulema and Muftis, people from other faiths should also be consulted to stop the misuse of this law.