Published December 13, 2010
A Pakistani doctor has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of violating the country's blasphemy laws after he threw away the business card of a man who shared the name of the Prophet Muhammad.
Naushad Valiyani, a Muslim doctor in Hyderabad, in Sindh province, was arrested after a complaint to police alleging he had insulted Muhammad.
Muhammad Faizan, a pharmaceutical representative, gave Valiyani his business and late filed a complaint when the doctor threw it away, noting that his name is the same as the Prophet's.
Pakistan's blasphemy law has been widely criticized after Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, was sentenced to death for insulting Islam. Critics say the law should be repealed because it is used to settle grudges, persecute minorities and promote extremism.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.