Blasphemy allegations: Another Christian family on the run

Published: January 15, 2011

Supporters of one of several Namoos-i-Risalat groups, Shahab Islami Pakistan chant slogans and wave flags during a rally to support the assassin of Salmaan Taseer in Rawalpindi. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Two Christian women were beaten and publically humiliated by an angry mob over apparently frivolous blasphemy allegations and they and their family are now in hiding for fear of being killed, The Express Tribune has learnt.

“None of our relatives is ready to let us stay with them. They fear the wrath of the extremists, particularly after the assassination of Salmaan Taseer,” a male member of the family said over the phone from an undisclosed location.

The family and a non-governmental organisation that is helping them asked that their identities not be revealed, lest it put them in further danger. The names mentioned here are fictitious.

According to the family, the allegations stem from a dispute between Amina, a Muslim, and her sister-in-law Zahira, a Christian, in an East Lahore locality. The two got into an argument on Tuesday night and though it appeared to have been settled, on Wednesday morning, after her husband Zahid had gone to work, Amina walked out onto the street and started shouting that Zahira had abused the Holy Prophet (pbuh).

A short while later, a group of men led by Muhammad Sameer, a member of a religious organisation keen on raising its sectarian profile, forced their way into the house and started slapping Zahira, said another of her brothers, Sohail. “Other men and women from the neighbourhood started gathering at the house too and they beat up my sister and mother. They were the only people in the house,” he said.

“We tried our best to get her to confess her crime,” Sameer told The Express Tribune. As a member of the religious organisation, he said he could not tolerate any derogatory remarks about the Holy Prophet (pbuh).

Sameer added that he was very proud of his wife’s performance during the mob beating. “She beat Zahira more than anyone else. Her hand is so swollen that she hasn’t been able to make rotis since the day of the incident. I’ve been getting my meals from a restaurant,” he said.

Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of Salmaan Taseer, is a member of the same group as Sameer. The group also runs a twenty-four hour cable TV channel.

Khadim Hazoor, Sameer’s son-in-law and another participant in the beating, said that the women’s faces were blackened and they were made to wear necklaces of shoes and paraded around the locality on donkeys to humiliate them. He said the women denied blaspheming and repeatedly touched their feet seeking mercy.

He said the people of the locality would not allow Zahid or his family to return to their house, which he lives next door to. He claimed that the fight between Zahira and Amina the night before the incident revolved around the upbringing of Zahid and Amina’s 18-month-old daughter. Amina had wanted to raise her daughter as a Muslim, but Zahira wanted her niece to be raised as a Christian, he said.

Hazoor accused Zahid of “cheating Islam” by pretending to convert from Christianity to Islam so he could marry the Muslim girl. “We will not let them live in this house. He has not only cheated Amina but also Islam,” he said.

Zameer Khan, an NGO worker, helped the family flee the locality after they were attacked. “Apparently there was no blasphemy, just an argument between two women,” he said.

He said after hearing of the incident, he had reached the scene to find the women being attacked. He said he had asked the mob if anyone had heard Zahira utter any blasphemous remarks, to which they all replied in the negative. He said he persuaded them to let the women go while he investigated the matter. He then helped relocate the family temporarily. He said he had also convinced the mob not to involve the police.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th,  2011.

Reader Comments (89)

  • ali abbas
    Jan 15, 2011 - 10:38AM

    this is madness at it’s extreme! What the hell is our nation coming to? It is depressing as well as alarming to hear such news. The people of Pakistan have started an unbreakable chain reaction the end to which will be that the entire masses, entire cities and villages will be declared “Gustakh-e-Rasool (s.a.w)”. People need to realize the fact, punishment is the authority of the law and only the law, that too when the remarks and allegations are proven to be true. On the other hand however if proven blasphemous then the required action (via the law) needs to be taken and implemented, in no way should the public be allowed to commit such acts.Recommend

  • Tariq J. Qureshi
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Where in all this was the police representative? Next it seems that the mob has become the prosecutor, the judge and executioner……. .
    Were there witnesses with Amina to tell if Zaira even uttered a word about Islam. (Law of Shahdat).
    Will Sameer be charged for unlawful entry and assault for entering Zaira’s house without permission? (Muslim law, my law).
    Will the Govt. charge Sameer and Amina for wrong accusation.

    Was Prophets name even mentioned to start the fight? Who will determine that?
    TQRecommend

  • Malik
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:37AM

    Oh boy. We are running short on people willing to die for these victims.Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:44AM

    “We tried our best to get her to
    confess her crime,” Sameer told The
    Express Tribune.

    I guess that’s what happened with Asia too; her “confession” was forced out of her.Recommend

  • Adnan S. Khan
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Sickening thing to do without evidence or proof of the ‘ Blasphemous remarks’Recommend

  • AhsanS
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:58AM

    This will what happen everyday if there is no law re the blasphemy. So repealing it is out of question. But what good is the law for when people are free to bring justice on their own, by beating and killing someone 27 times. Irony is, most of the times, it is done by people just for fun; the incident explained above or the Sialkot incident.
    ‘Abhi to kuch nai hua … abhi to ibteda hai yay .. abhi woh waqt ayega k sari qaum royay gi aur apnay dil kay daagh apnay aasoun se dhoyegi… ‘ …. Aur woh kabhie dhul na payengey!Recommend

  • Mirza Abeer
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Is this not proof enough that the Blasphemy law needs amendment??????????? Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:43PM

    By slapping an illiterate, ignorant woman we are safeguarding the high spiritual station of our holy Prophet (saw)? Recommend

  • feroze
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:55PM

    So sad that events have come to this stage in the country where Religion is being abused to settle personal scores. Its even sadder that the government is toothless in leave alone condemning but controlling this state of affairs. State and Religion needs to be separate or else there will be a civil war and the end of Pakistan as we know it. Recommend

  • muhammad atif
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:22PM

    watch the tribute to salman taseer in benazir bhutto’s voice of her recital of “mai baghi hoon”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q6OgjFbIiU

    share the video on facebook,email,twitter as much as possible.Recommend

  • BinYamin
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:26PM

    Snowball has just started to roll. Let us wait and see how much damage it can do before it settles down. Religious fanatics have started to realize the might and power of blasphemy law given to them by Ziaul Haq and how they can use it in so many different way. Soon its going to be a hell or everyone.Recommend

  • Shariq Tanweer
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:39PM

    Our society is becoming more and more violent, intolerant and wild. Its not a religious problem, its not an ethnic problem. It is a sociological problem that needs to be addressed quickly! On one side people talk of a revolution and the masses that will bring the revolution (if it happens) are anarchic and intolerant! If things go the way they are going, I fear the worst! May Allah prevent that from happening! We need the law and order institutions strengthened and a sense of social justice provided to the public at large. Without this, the current state of social and moral degeneration will continue. We also have to keep in mind that the people who join such groups (like Qadri’s) do so because of their innate sense of insecurity. That security can only be provided by providing a sense of social justice to everyone. The faster it happens the better. Recommend

  • *Let there be light*
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:42PM

    I being an Indian Muslim request Pakistanis to kindly with out any offence change the name of your country to Pakistan and remove Islamic republic of Pakistan.You have bought every misery to Islam and by attaching Islamic to your name we Muslims around the globe are being pushed to the corner.Please don’t feel offended change the name asap.Muslims around the globe will be grateful to you.Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:43PM

    such a trend.Recommend

  • Jan 15, 2011 - 1:48PM

    Pakistan is known for its rurality. Lack of economic development due to fraudulent vandalizing of project funds which invariably leads to unpardonable illiterate behaviour. This is a classic example of what has happened.

    Another being the village ‘molvi’ who fiendishly issues edicts that have no bearing on logical behaviour. Being afraid of the next man leads one to taking the path of least resistance, which is shift / level the blame on the weaker individual.

    In the interior we have ‘karo kari, wani, honor killing’ and other forms of torture and murder for settling disputes. This has seeped into the cities and our LEAs are doing nothing about it. Even our politicians can do nothing, being of the same ilk.

    My sympathies for all of us Pakistanis. May ALLAH ALLMIGHTY give us hidayat.

    Salams and best wishes for 2011.Recommend

  • Nughma Siddiqi
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:56PM

    If it is proven that the woman accusing the other of blasphemy was lying, she should be put on trial. That will be the only way to stop this law from being misused. And how could this man from the religious organization start to accuse and beat up poor Zahira without any proof of her guilt? He too should be put on trial.

    Government of Pakistan wake up! It is about time you prove that your people should not write you off as being weak and spineless in the face of injustice committed in the name of religion.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:58PM

    The signs of Pakistani society collapsing are very much apparent. Something needs to be done and done fast. Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jan 15, 2011 - 2:02PM

    Malik,

    No, don’t make attempts to compare two.Aasia admitted several times on several occasions including infrtong of court about her offensive remarks against the Prophet(saw).Recommend

  • marc
    Jan 15, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Thank god i was not born in that god forsaken countryRecommend

  • SUB
    Jan 15, 2011 - 2:43PM

    @Malik Abeer:

    Dear Malik Sahib, Are you suggesting that if this law is removed, these people will start behaving differently?Recommend

  • Talha
    Jan 15, 2011 - 3:33PM

    If Pakistan was made a secular state, nothing like this and other religiously motivated bombings, killings etc would happen in our nation.

    You wanted Islam, well you have it now.

    Enjoy.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jan 15, 2011 - 3:36PM

    This country has gone to the dogs!Recommend

  • Sewah
    Jan 15, 2011 - 3:48PM

    These same people who say they will never have any compassion for Christians show why the law should be repealed. Where does it say in any religious teaching that men can beat up women and assassinate people who have a different opinion to them? This is nothing to do with religion but just plain victimization and bullying of minorities. When the floods came Christian countries came to the aid of Pakistan – this is the reward they get! This shameful behaviour is not something any believers should support or be proud of. Recommend

  • siddiqa
    Jan 15, 2011 - 4:12PM

    While visiting pakistan only a year ago, I was wondering while talking to my aunt’s maid that how nice of these extremists to just allow these non muslims to survive here. I guess I spoke too soon!Recommend

  • Ben
    Jan 15, 2011 - 4:33PM

    The paradise-seekers have a booming business these days due to an alarming rise in the reported incidents of blasphemy. Thanks to this law, they will have a free hand to either get someone executed on the “solid evidence” i.e. public pressure or do the holy deed themselves. There was an incident of a doctor who threw away the visiting card of a medical rep and another incident of a prayer leader who had removed the poster of a religious event from his private property. These are otherwise common incidents which go unnoticed but in these two cases, someone had a personal agenda. Read more at: link textRecommend

  • faraz
    Jan 15, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Currently, the proof of intent for blasphemy is not required to convict a person; a time will come when even witnesses wont be required to convict a personRecommend

  • Malik
    Jan 15, 2011 - 6:29PM

    ear Malik Sahib, Are you suggesting
    that if this law is removed, these
    people will start behaving
    differently?

    @SUB: Yes, they won’t be able to come up with fabricated cases of blasphemy. Hudood ordinance had the same problem and once it was fixed no more false cases against women.Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 15, 2011 - 6:32PM

    A good programme on blasphemy laws by Naseem Zehra;

    Policy Matters – 14 January 2011Recommend

  • Khalid R
    Jan 15, 2011 - 6:51PM

    This is becoming shameful. The sooner Pakistan addresses this issue the better. That’s what you get when religion leaves the confines of the home and starts to assume a presence all of its own. Recommend

  • MilesToGo
    Jan 15, 2011 - 7:49PM

    Wait for your turn…Recommend

  • Jan 15, 2011 - 9:49PM

    / on Wednesday morning, after her husband Zahid had gone to work, Amina walked out onto the street and started shouting that Zahira had abused the Holy Prophet (pbuh).//

    So now we know what to shout to get anyone beaten up. Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Jan 15, 2011 - 9:55PM

    Mullahs have made Gustakh-e-Rasool (s.a.w) some kind of joke that they can use every now and then to harass ordinary citizensRecommend

  • SUB
    Jan 15, 2011 - 10:25PM

    @shuaib: Amina is Mullah? This society of ours is deteriorating. Mullah did not fell from sky, its just a product of the same decaying society. Education for masses could have saved & put some sense however that’s not a priority for our ruling elite, politicions or dictatorsRecommend

  • Sheila
    Jan 15, 2011 - 10:36PM

    I hope Pakistan does something about this soon. It appears that this incident may have been precipitated by a woman acting for selfish, perhaps retaliatory reasons. If these allegations are untrue, even if the accused is exonerated, others, and the victim of this woman’s spite will live in fear. This is a very politically de-stabilizing situation. God Bless and guide your country in this dangerous time.Recommend

  • Ibrahim
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:15PM

    Remember this famous WWII quote – it is a reminder to us all today:

    First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out.
    Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the gypsies, but I was not a gypsy so I did not speak out.
    Then they came for the minorities, but I was not a minority so I did not speak out.
    And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.
    Recommend

  • Ibrahim
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:18PM

    The blasphemy law is a human written law, not from any of the Books of God.
    It is a source of oppression.
    It is dishonorable.
    It does NOT safeguard the honor of the prophet (saw), but instead makes his followers look hateful. It needs to be changed or removed.
    .
    Bad law makes for bad governance.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:20PM

    Such horrendous acts are a disgrace to humanity. No wonder, the whole world has written off Islamic states as terrorist nations. It is every person’s responsibility to find the root cause of all this violence and cruelty. And then to decapitate it, once and for all.Recommend

  • Usman Mir
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:24PM

    Is this the Pakistan that Quaid & Iqbal fought for?Recommend

  • STL
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:36PM

    People who support these appalling actions, should consider how they would feel if non-Muslims started beating, harassing and killing them in the name of their religions. That any religion would demand such cruelty from its adherents, is frightening.Recommend

  • Taimur
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:45PM

    This is sick mentality. Shame on these mullahs who have been committing blasphemy again and again by using false claims and using the name of Prophet SAW just for their own means and to get benefits in politics. Why no case has been registered against such mullahs who has committed such blasphemy. We have seen in news papers that a group of muslim mullahs reggsitered a case against other group of mullahs as according to them they did blasphemy and set copies of Quran on fire. Now I have heard on tv they have withdrawn their complaint. So if the group which set Quran on fire did really so why not action against them under blasphemy law. If they didn’t commit such crime why not action under blasphemy law against those who registered false case? Is blasphemy law only for the minorities and Muslims Mullahs have to the right to do all sort of blasphemy. These are the creatures who even did not hesitate to do corruption during haj and that too in the holy city of Mekka. Why not blasphemy case against all those who did such crimes in the name of Allah? May be because where money is involved and personal benefits are involved there is no blasphemy. Give share to mullah in corruption and then the blasphemy becomes legal.Recommend

  • amjad
    Jan 16, 2011 - 12:43AM

    Seems like “jahalat” has seeped into soul and blood of this nation. If you have bones to pick against anyone this is an easy way to destroy some one you do not like or have dispute with.. Zia Ul Haque what a wonderful legacy you have left behind to destroy the very foundation of this country!!! Corruption, Beauracracy, Feudalism, Ethnic Hatred, Provincialism, Religious Secterianism, Tallabanisation, Extremism and Intolerance and let me not forget Foreign Interference. Did I miss anything feel free to add.Recommend

  • Tauseef Ahmad Khan
    Jan 16, 2011 - 1:29AM

    What is the hope for this country when our normal street guys are nothing more than ferocious beasts. Recommend

  • Sana
    Jan 16, 2011 - 2:34AM

    This madness is not going to stop until and unless the Govt takes some hard stand but they are too afraid to do so. Blasphemy law is becoming a joke now.Recommend

  • Syed Hussain Jafri
    Jan 16, 2011 - 3:03AM

    Today i am so ashamed to be a part of this society.After this incident how many of us have got the right t be called a follower of PROPHET MUHAMMAD PEACE BE UPON HIM.
    This is so shameful.These mullas should be fired shraight away.
    This law needs amendment.Recommend

  • saher
    Jan 16, 2011 - 4:24AM

    no wonder the Pakistan is in this state… i was reading the times when dua or bud-dua of a person is most potent… and one of them was bud-dua of mazlum even if he/she is a non-believer … Pakistan may have survived the 60 years of corrupt governance… but corruption in the name of religion and so blatantly… i am not so sure it can survive that.. Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jan 16, 2011 - 6:03AM

    This is ridiculous..I have no doubt that Govt must repeal this law ASAP..Clearly it is being used against minorities.Islam gives us lesson of tolerance but we have become extremists..We must come out and say NO to extremism and fundamentalism..Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jan 16, 2011 - 6:06AM

    Mullahs are just showing their force.I wonder why man-made laws cant be repealed?Off course this is not Divine’s law.then whats the problem of repealing it? Any Mullah answer plzRecommend

  • Ajay
    Jan 16, 2011 - 9:16AM

    The only solution is for Pakistanis settled abroad to petition UN about the completely failed law and order situation in Pakistan, raise their voice, engage in public demonstrations in front of Pakistan embassy, issue statements or join other organizations to which you can lend your voice. Some Pakistanis will have to take the initiative. Others will join soon. Launch web initiatives so as to reach public. This is the only way to put pressure on the Pakistani military and civil leadership. These Islamic cultural Centers are not doing anything. Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jan 16, 2011 - 9:34AM

    Is there any government in Punjab or all is left to lynching people? When will all this stop if CJ of Pakistan has also wrapped his ears on the issue which can bring all things to stand still if all types of aid is stopped or linked to first show respect to Human Rights and review of blasphemy law? This issue is more important than leg pulling of democracy.Recommend

  • saurabh
    Jan 16, 2011 - 9:56AM

    i am a hindu and am so proud of indian muslims. really sensible people. seeing all these reports i have realized their maturity to solve problems sensibly. we had our own problems like riots and stuff during 90s between hindus and muslims. but in all occasions wht i noticed was it was never the muslims who tried to provoke a fight. it was us who fingered around with them for eg babri masjit demolition and so on. things have changed drastically now. with the economic boom people really dont care if ur a hindu or a muslim but i still think if the indian muslims were like whts stated about then india would have been like pakistan now. thank u indian muslims for wht u r. let the democratic india shine.Recommend

  • Tariq J. Qureshi
    Jan 16, 2011 - 12:09PM

    The US war on terror is viewed as the ‘undeclared war on muslim nations’ and as such the hatred of the masses against Christian USA- whose President Bush declared it’s attacks as “crusades” has send the ‘crude’ message of war between Non-muslim-Vs-Muslims to the streets. The use or misuse of blasphemy law to get even with non-muslims is one way of looking at it. The religious parties and ALL muslims support muslim causes all over the world, and the US wars have further aggravated the divide.
    Once USA exits the war zones in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and other muslim nations the temperature will go down, but will USA do that…NO. 40% of USA public knows 9-11 was not as clear attack attack as Bush-Chaney team projected it. They also think it may be a falsw flag to start the wars. The street in muslim countries think it was a ‘false-flag’ to attack muslims in countries that said ‘NO’ to new-world-order being imposed by USA. Recommend

  • Tariq J. Qureshi
    Jan 16, 2011 - 12:19PM

    Is it possible not to have Mohammad as a part of our name? The reason why I say that is that ‘we’ are not worthy of carrying that name, as we do wrong things that is ‘blasphemish’ in nature, like becoming ‘false’ witnesses, like lying, taking and giving bribes…look at the names of ALL our MNA’s, MPA’s and Senators…90% have Mohammad as a part of their name.

    A lawyer friend said something that was thought provoking. The enemies of Islam invoked the ‘blasphemy law’ so that infighting starts within muslims in Pakistan. I really thought about it and yes he is right…We are spending so much time in media on it, and in our drawing rooms and homes on the subject that we are falling apart on the seams. I bet our beloved Prophet united people, not divide them… so think about it?Recommend

  • Shalom Salaam (same word)
    Jan 16, 2011 - 4:12PM

    We Pakistani’s need to take ‘The Islamic Republic of’ from the beginning of our title – we represent nothing of the sort. We should revert back to the original constitution and laws of the land pre-Bhutto and start getting on with participating in a modern world. I’ve heard many of my fellow (so-called) Muslim brother’s and sisters complain that Issa / Jesus was not the son of God to a Christian – just in their (Mullah’s) conversion tactics they they state that ‘Your Bible is wrong’ and the things they say against Hindus is disgusting..( and you’ve all heard it and probably even thought it)…..Where’s is the law which protects our minorities against Pakistan’s Muslims’ blasphemous remarks….? Our so called democracy seems so one-sided…Recommend

  • Peria Jawaid
    Jan 16, 2011 - 5:13PM

    Bernard Shaw once wrote Islam is a great religion but not its people viz Muslim……that was long time ago. The meaning is sinking in now. Christians and other minorities will keep on suffering and even be killed for this God Forsaken Law. This has to go completely otherwise there is no respite. No Chota Break but permanent break — meeting with Almighty. People of Pakistan are on the cross road leading to complete anarchy, civil-war. Only if our Government was honest they could have stood upto the so-called Mullahs to repeal this Law. Saleem Taseer and many other lives shud not go to waste. But our Government is such a corrupt one that they cannot face such a huge task of repealing this law. What a shame for humanity???? God help us and protect us all from this danger.Recommend

  • Peria Jawaid
    Jan 16, 2011 - 5:25PM

    Thanks you Saurabh for your frank comments on this issue. Yes, Muslim in India are more tolerant than here in Pakistan…..Can we learn from Indian Muslims or will there be an ego problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jan 16, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Nothing to say much just want to say this is there on Islam.Recommend

  • SARAH
    Jan 16, 2011 - 10:07PM

    soon all pakistan will be seem like a hell
    just wait for itRecommend

  • Jawad Khan Niazi
    Jan 16, 2011 - 10:33PM

    If law says that punishment for a murder is a sentence to death then the perpetrator is tried in court and given the punishment after the crime is proven. If a mob murders a murderer then the is not served. The problem is with the mob, not the law in this case.Recommend

  • Shahid Fazal
    Jan 16, 2011 - 11:13PM

    Pakistani ‘muslims’ are a blot on the face of Islam and the dignity of Prophet Muhammad(s)…….May Allah give you Hidayah,and if you don’t take it,May He Punish you.
    Come On Pakistanis do something,you can still save your country,please please don’t bring more disrepute to Islam….God will curse you……You have already damaged Islam in your country too much…..I don’t think Islam is for savages and beasts like those uneducated people in Pakistan…..it is for those with cool,calm,serene mind…..Shame on Pakistan
    ……..Indian Muslim.Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 4:33AM

    I do not believe this will be posted but will try anyway.

    Christians will continue to pray for their persecuted brethren and for those who persecute them.

    Matthew 5:44-48

    “But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and oppress you: That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust.”

    For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans do this? And if you help your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens do this? Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.”

    Luke 6:27-28 “But I say to you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that oppress you.”

    Luke 6: 31-33 “And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner. And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them.”Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Jan 17, 2011 - 8:14AM

    The Punjab government should be ashamed of itself. In Pakistan no cares about the law or the rules or the constitution it free for all. If you are powerful you are the law. If you are weak then you better find some influential person to become their lackey. If you want to be respected and want everyone to be scared of you in the street then join a religious organisation. Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 9:29AM

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the profits which were before you. Matthew 5:11,12 Recommend

  • sajjad
    Jan 17, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Pakistan, Islam and Musalman ZINDA BAAD……

    what a shame!!!
    these radicals dont even know the life style of Our Great Prophet PBUH who by his deeds proved that he was a man on high morality…Recommend

  • Ahsan E
    Jan 17, 2011 - 11:47AM

    This country is doomed…Recommend

  • Kamran Haider
    Jan 17, 2011 - 12:37PM

    is there any government in Pakistan who did even got up after assassination of acting governor of largest population province.

    most of my brothers here blame molvies for their extremism without accepting the fact the governance of the country is not in any molvi’s hand it in the hands of elected democratic wafaq ka nishan awami blah blah government who’s performance in corruption is superior but in governance its not even to level of any poor and corrupt country in the world.

    we all should not run after the one law which is now a days hot topic of the citizen of Pakistan even we should strive to change the system which is the prime reason for all this panic and riots. on the other side many other issues are ignored because of this Blasphemy fever in the public and educated people in this blog is corruption, economy disasters, inflation, misusing of powers, assassination of merit, rights of Baluchistan, elimination of dron attacks, restoration of trust of Pakistanis on Pakistan Army particularly in the areas where army is doing operation.Recommend

  • Kamran Haider
    Jan 17, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Please also note that few people argue that blasphemy law can be misused, so my question from them is how Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Sentenced to death? because of Blasphemy Law or because of some weakest politically driven laws and clauses in our constitution.

    giving you all few clues for weakest and most corrupt laws still running in Pakistan:
    Law of possation by which you can take anyone’s property in your possation and upon reaction you can always take stay order and live peacefully.

    Shop and Establishment Law, by which every after six months inspectors visits offices and other establishment to collect bribe as their right owing to illegal act of opening market on sundays as we as till late night.

    EOBI, they always ask for 5 years record which is not less then a nightmare for any big organization and in the end it is settled on big price.

    Arms License act, Civil Defense Act, Professional TAX Act, Pillion Riding ACT, Social Security ACT are few other examples of most corrupt and weakest law in our constitution by which all wasted and undue benefits are taken by Government Officials since 1972.Recommend

  • PakiBoy
    Jan 17, 2011 - 1:58PM

    Alryt, here we go again :(Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar
    Jan 17, 2011 - 3:20PM

    welcome to the twilight zone….the inquisition is in progress.Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Jan 17, 2011 - 4:05PM

    What would become of this nation? It seems like going down the drain of history. Alas !Recommend

  • Arshad Mahmood
    Jan 17, 2011 - 5:16PM

    Where is our Parliament? What is the role of Parliament in such a situation? Isn’t it the duty of the government to call a meeting of the National Assembly and discuss the situation in light of the brutal murder of Salman Taseer? What is seriously missing, is the effectively role of the Parliament in a Parliamentary democracy. Unfortunately, our government is hiding and is unable to lead the nation in such a chaos and as a result the minorities are going to face more serious problems in the days to come if this attitude of the government continued.Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 5:22PM

    A precise demonstration of why the Blasphemy Laws are impractical and impossible to Police. This is yet another “legal” way to settle personal scores. Recommend

  • Sameer Qadir
    Jan 17, 2011 - 11:26PM

    I agree we have become very intolerant towards each other. But I believe the root cause of all this is poor economic activity in our country. Instead of writing comments or organizing rallies, we should actually be working to improve the conditions. One such way is general cleanliness. We normally use the words ” choora” for Christians who come to clean our houses and our streets and drains.We, as Muslims find this job below our dignity and justify the poor Christian classes of people as having been born to do this.Yet, every where in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, we see signs saying ” Saafai nisf imaan haey”( Cleanliness is half of Faith). And when it comes to cleaning Mosques, we clean them thoroughly including the latrines, happily. Yet in this case, a non-muslim is not allowed to do the same job as he is a infidel. So I say that this is where we need to change the system.Let us start cleaning the City of Islamabad. For Islamabad plays a role model for the rest of the country, so lets send out a message of peace and unity and upholding the teachings of our religion by cleaning up this city. Send out this message to everyone, and all those willing to help, kindly email back to me.Lets work together and change Pakistan.Lets help each other.Recommend

  • Concerned Pakistani
    Jan 17, 2011 - 11:33PM

    It is commendable to see that almost all are condemning the act of the mob. some have called the government spineless. Some Indians have come out of there borrow to comment on Pakistan.

    I suggest to our Indian Muslim friends that they have been hibernating while 40, 000 innocent people including children and women who have been raped and killed, simply because they want the democratic right to self determination from the largest democracy in the world, Indian.. The list of atrocities and religious persecution by Hindu fundamentalists and the government of India in occupied Kashmir and other parts of India is long, therefore it is suggested that you focus on your issues in your country.

    All those who are calling the government spineless are correct, however it is them, the people of Pakistan that have elected this government. it is time for the vast majority of moderate Islamic forces to take back their country from this corrupt and spineless government and take back Islam from the 6 percent right wing religious fundamentalist who are high jacking Islam and creating further lawlessness by becoming the judge, jury and executioner in the name of Islam. These people must be brought to justice and made to abide by the law of the land.

    Pakistan and its people have a great destiny which can be achieved by following the tenants of the Qaid. It is time to focus on nation building, passion for excellence and respect for others. i am encouraged when i see educated moderate youth turning to Islam for guidance, there in lies the hope for the tremendous potential that people Pakistan can and must achieve.Recommend

  • SHOAIB
    Jan 18, 2011 - 1:11AM

    After reading comments posted above i strongly feel that this page is full of “So called Liberal Fundamentalists. I just can not believe that why you people don’t cry over the western fundamentalism when impose ban over Scarf. When they restrict Muslims from practicing their lawful duties. You people can support vulgar individual for their shameful acts but don’t bother to say a single word for hundreds and thousands innocents peoples killed in drone attacks in Pakistan, and thousand of innocents Muslims being crushed by Israel and Jewish army. This type of attitude will not reduce the radicalization but further strengthening it. I would be very happy when you people will come out for people of Palestine and arrange a “Million March” for them. We just can not allow any body to say any thing about Islam and Our Beloved Prophet in the name of Liberalism and freedom of Speech. Recommend

  • Shalom Salaam (same word)
    Jan 18, 2011 - 4:00AM

    SHOAIB
    Comment:
    After reading comments posted above i strongly feel …Liberalism and freedom of Speech.

    ME/ A SIMPLE HUMAN:
    Comment:
    After reading this I felt sick that this ignorance (and intolerance we are supposed to practice) is all about the persecution of just Muslims, instead of a ‘good Muslims’ feeling compassion for all of humanity. Whilst you ‘SHOAIB’ speak of our brothers and sisters in Palestine, might I remind you of the millions of Jewish citizens, both in Israel and out, who oppose the Zionist regime and inhumane acts upon Palestinians, and the millions of Buddhist who have died at the hands of a Communist China or perhaps the Somalians and Sudanese who have perished in the name of an Islam by Islamic Militants held hostage by the same mentality of the people who hold our true Islam and our Pakistan hostage…not to mention the millions more of human citizens, our Christian and Jewish, and Hindu and Buddhist and Jain, and Parsi and countless other brothers, and sisters, mothers, fathers and more who have been persecuted but fundamentalist of all faiths under regimes which totals all whom believe in the power of …life…? Fair go my brothers and sisters. Tolerance is above all, noteworthy by Allah! ‘You kill one beings and you kill all of humanity. You save one, and you save all of humanity’.Recommend

  • Kashifa
    Jan 18, 2011 - 6:02AM

    This incident reflects the hate that is spread against minorities in Pakistan using the blasphemy laws. It is unfortunate that the laws are perceived as a way to preserve the honour of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH; yet, incidents such as this one clearly illustrate its ineffectiveness in doing so. It is being misused for petty things such as settling feuds and making false allegations. None of the cases of “blasphemy” in Pakistan have ever been proven; they have almost always been a vehicle for avenging a personal vendetta. The government of Pakistan must seriously consider repealing or, at the very least, amending these laws. The blasphemy laws are nothing more than a channel for fueling hatred against minorities such as Christians, Ahmadis, and others. Recommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Jan 18, 2011 - 7:23AM

    @Concerned Pakistani, you really have reason to be concerned. Funny how the number goes up each year. It started with less than a hundred, went up to 2000 and now the current number is 40.000 is it? Soon, it will surpass the figure of a million – maybe it is the inflation. But I am glad you have to quote what happened 10 years ago. Just goes to show that it is not endemic. I wish you could say the same about Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jan 18, 2011 - 12:16PM

    The only solution to the problems of Pakistan is “Ahmadiyyat”.
    How can a nation be successfull after denouncing God’s true Prophet.
    Pakistan will keep burning more and more. All your efforts will turn in vain unless you accept the Redeemer. Recommend

  • SherY
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:40PM

    I have heard somebody saying.. We are not nation.. we are a bunch of Stone Age wild Animals.Recommend

  • Maleeha Sattar
    Jan 18, 2011 - 4:30PM

    I can give vent my feelings as well by writing n condemning all that happen in the strongest possible terms but what good it will do. Nothing more than to add to the already noisy clamor by the so called moderates n liberals. Recommend

  • George
    Jan 18, 2011 - 5:23PM

    It’s incidents like this that keep the rest of the world scratching their heads and wondering if Pakistan will ever evolve into an educated and enlightened society. Do you wish to join the global community and act like adults, or do you wish to remain children in the eyes of the world that continue to need discipline. This isn’t a religion vs. religion issue, this is a stupidity vs. education issue. Why to all disagreements need to digress into violence? Recommend

  • AEM
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:48AM

    Please, may I request those who are giving out statements on who Islam is for and who it is not for, not to do so? God has not given any single person the right to hijack His religion by declaring who it is for and who it is not for. Muslims around the globe need to understand the very basics of their religion. Prophet Muhammad brought Islam to the peasants of Arab, who were not less than animals in their day-to-day conduct before getting enlightened by the teachings of the Prophet. Islam is a religion – a way to show the right path for those who may like to walk one. It teaches people virtues and righteousness, and those who accepted it embarked on the revolutionary journey. Sadly, today, many Muslims just carry the label of Islam with them, without knowing the true values of Islam. As it is said, learning without thought is labour lost. So is the case with embracing Islam – Muslims have stopped thinking about why they follow the commandments (if they do any). The whole idea of digging into religion has completely faded away. No Mullah is responsible for this – Muslims must take control of their life themselves! As God says in the Holy Quran in 39:9.

    Education in its true meaning is the only cure to this sea of illiteracy that the Pakistani society is suffering from. Raising questions and trying to solve ambiguities has now become quite essential in order for the Pakistani society to survive, or else cases like this will turn into holocausts.Recommend

  • Ross Gellar
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:03PM

    Here is a little story .. there was a kid named John and he had two uncles Kim and Jim. Kim always clothed and fed John whenever he was hungry or cold. Jim always provided moral support to John and whenever John needed some material support Jim would cautiously back out. Kim had a son named Tim and every chance John got he would pick on Tim and try to beat him. Here John is pakistan and Kim is the US(Christian Countries) and Jim is Saudia Arabia (Muslim Countries). This story really confuses me… why does pakistan show so much pride and dignity if its ruling mullahs go against other faiths in pakistan and at the same time gladly accept funds from people of that faith in different countries………ILLETRACY and IGNORANCE..Recommend

  • RAhmad
    Jan 20, 2011 - 1:39AM

    Religion basically comes into the world to create love and harmony among humans – not to create hate. In any of the divine books, no teaching of hate or violence will be found. There are diverse people in the world who have different believes and different level of understanding of religion. It is not possible that all people start thinking in the same way. You can’t stop someone forcefully from believing in what they believe. The best way to give true respect to Prophet Mohammad is by giving his message to others and to pray for them, so that they should learn true respect for Prophet Mohammad.
    Give the true pictures of Islam and Prophet Mohammad and then pray for them, this is the way of Prophet Mohammad. Killing because of being disrespectful and having different believes and different opinion is not the way taught by Prophet Mohammad. He was a symbol of love, affection and patience. Many of his companions, before they accepted Islam, were against Prophet Mohammad and even wanted to kill him. However, when God opened their eyes, their life’s mission was changed.
    What if Prophet Mohammad and his companions had killed these people because they were disrespectful? That’s why continuous patience, preaching and prayers for the enemies are important in the progress of religion – this is the way of Prophet Mohammad. Forgiveness is the beauty of Islam. Muslims should preach and spread Islam by doing good deeds – not by giving punishment. These are the beautiful teachings of Islam.
    Is there any existence of laws such as the Anti-Blasphemy law in Islam? Is there any evidence of such laws in Holy Quran? No. These laws should be abolished from the country. A beautiful concept of Jihad in Islam is Jihad e Akbar, which is Jihad for yourselves to purify you and pray for the others even for the enemies. Do these Mullahs have the courage to pray for their enemies and for enemies of Islam? Can they do this greater jihad? Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jan 20, 2011 - 9:59AM

    These extremists have lost all sense of humanity. They are acting completely against what Islam teaches. Before taking any action, they should stop and think if this is what the Holy Prophet of Islam would want them to do. The Holy Prophet of Islam was extremely compassionate and would never let his followers do such things. Recommend

  • Malahia
    Jan 22, 2011 - 12:21PM

    The Prophet of Islam said that the friends of Muslims are the Jews and the Christians. He said to treat our neighbours with respect. This family that was attacked was a neighbour, a neighbour to each and every Muslim, yet who is standing up against this? The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is by far the only commmunity to practice the true meaning of Islam: peace. In fact, their motto is “Love for all, hatred for none”. Recently, 100 members of the Ahmadiyya Community were martyred as the governement and people of this corrupt nation claimed that they were not Muslims. My heart goes out to your family and the families of all the martyrs and the ones who have been prosecuted.Recommend

  • Yamine Farhatt
    Jan 25, 2011 - 9:02AM

    @Tariq J. Qureshi:

    Tariq:
    May I just say that the Blasphemy Law (BL), passed by Zia Ul Haq in Pakistan presages the War On Terror and contradicts your comment.This is not the time of the crusades, other then your exploitation of the issue to fan any fires. U.S.A. exercises a lot of patience. It has the potential to harm but it also has a responsibility. The sense of responsibility as a world class citizen had alluded the Mullahs for whom ignorance is bliss, and since its birth what does Pakistan has to show besides its EVIL persona. I bet you that Jinnah is turning over in his grave to see what Pakistan has become of the nation that he may have envisioned.
    Islamophobia is an International movement now and not restricted to the U.S. alone. Austria, Britian, Denmark, France,Gremany,Greece, Italy,,Sweden and others, have had it with the crazy Jihadists, and the time has come that muslims will be ousted out oif their countries by attrition. Second and thrid generations of ex-pats in these countries do not even know what Islam is. How many muslims worldwide,look for higher education especially medicine and science in an Islamic country like Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Libya? Sadly, Islamic countries do not have the higher learning institutions. So the hatred is directeed towards the Christians using BL as a poor excuse.
    Let the assinine mullah dolts know that shedding the blood of the christian maryters also proved the downfall of the Roman Empire. Thank you Claudius and Nero i.e. ifyou are even educated to the level that I refer to, so shall it be with Pakistan. What happened to Iraq (From a sunni muslim dictatorship, to a moderate islamic democracy today) may well be the outcome of Pakistan. Allah hu Akhbar, so Pakistan may be on the look out. No more kurdish killings in Iraq, may result in no more BL in Pakistan and the U.S. may have run out of options but the last straw to break the camels back. Recommend

  • Sehri Awan
    Jan 26, 2011 - 1:10PM

    I have just come across a very enlightening documentary that analyses the issue of the blasphemy law in Pakistan with very well articulated and researched arguments.

    I recommend it to everyone.

    Blind Faith-documentary about Blasphemy
    http://vimeo.com/18659576

    ThanksRecommend

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