Meanwhile, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, chairman of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, urged the government to set up a team, including intelligence agents, to investigate and "get to the bottom of the conspiracy and expose the real culprits".
"Our heads bowed in shame for what Jadoon did," he
said, but added there are "many others active behind the scene and they should be brought to justice".
said that Jadoon should be given the sternest punishment possible for maligning Islam, and also called for an unbiased approach to stem false accusations.
"Pakistan's minorities are as much a part of the country as Muslims.
We suspected foul play in the entire situation and at least our suspicions proved correct.
Jadoon and all others involved in this shameless action should be held accountable and set an example for all future false accusers," he
was willing to talk to all religious leaders, to form an opinion against the misuse of the blasphemy laws.
"We will not allow anyone to implicate an innocent person because of personal reasons.
case is indeed an eye-opener for all of us and we are truly sorry for all the agony and pain the poor girl has had to suffer because of a person who does not know the true basis of Islam," he