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Pakistan Drops Attempted Murder Charges Against Baby

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Nine month Pakistan toddler Mohammad Musa is held by his grandfather Muhammad Yasin for a court hearing in Lahore on April 12, 2014. Arif Ali—AFP/Getty Images

Charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old boy, whose family allegedly threw stones at gas company workers trying to disconnect their home from service, were withdrawn after the Prime Minister ordered an inquiry following global ridicule

A nine-month-old Pakistani boy who was charged with attempted murder won’t be going to prison after all.

Musa Khan was arrested, fingerprinted and booked by Lahore, Pakistan police in February for allegedly being among a group of slum residents who threw stones at gas company workers for trying to disconnect their homes from service.

The police withdrew its charges Saturday against young Musa, the New York Times reports, after his arrest sparked an international outcry over Pakistani police’s perceived mistreatment of poor families.

Worldwide ridicule spurred provincial chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, brother to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to order an inquiry into the matter.

[New York Times]

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