A 14-year-old mentally challenged Christian girl, whose arrest on blasphemy charges had triggered a world-wide outcry, was released on Saturday from a Pakistani jail on bail. She was taken to an unknown location on a helicopter.
Under strict security arrangements, Rimsha was transferred to the helicopter via a bullet-proof car after being released.
The additional district and sessions judge had granted bail to Rimsha on Friday against two bonds of Rs five lakh each. She could not be freed on Friday as the court's order reached the police after office hours.
The next hearing of Rimsha's case will be held in the middle of September.
The court has directed the Islamabad [ Images ] police chief to appoint a capable officer to investigate her case.
Rimsha was arrested from the low-income Islamabad suburb of Mehria Jaffar on August 16 on charges of burning papers containing verses from the Quran. She was charged under Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws.
The case against her collapsed after a man told the police that the imam of the mosque in Rimsha's neighbourhood had planted the evidence that was used to implicate her.
The imam was subsequently arrested.