Pakistani teen cuts off hand after cleric accuses him of blasphemy

Ali said the incident took place Wednesday after the boy misheard the words of cleric Shabbir Ahmed during a sermon.

Ahmed had asked those present to raise their hands if they did not love the Prophet Mohammed, the police chief said, and the teen had mistakenly raised his hand.

Ahmed accused him of blasphemy, and the teen responded by going home, cutting off his hand and presenting it to the cleric on a plate, Ali said.

Police arrested the cleric — accusing him of hate speech inciting violence, an offense under Pakistan’s anti-terror National Action Plan — once they learned about what happened, Ali said.