Allegations: Punjab govt officials accused of blasphemy

Published: July 14, 2011

Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz demanded action against Shahbaz Sharif and Nasir Mahmud Khosa. PHOTO: APP/FILE

LAHORE: 

Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz has demanded legal action against population welfare minister Punjab, Zakia Shahnawaz, Secretary Javed Akhtar and Director-General Umar Rasool, accusing them of committing blasphemy.

TNR president Sahibzada Razaul Mustafa has also demanded action against Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Secretary Nasir Mahmud Khosa for their alleged complicity on the grounds that they failed to take action against the offenders three days after advertisements were published in newspapers which had blasphemous content. Mustafa has accused the minister and the two officials of insulting the beard, sunnat of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), in advertisements by the population welfare department, Punjab, which appeared in three Urdu newspapers on July 11.

Editors, publishers and printers of Jang, Nawa-e-Waqt and Daily Express have also been nominated in the application for committing blasphemy by publishing the advertisement. The TNR has asked that they be tried along with the other offenders under Section 295-A, while the chief minister and chief secretary should be prosecuted under section 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2011.

Reader Comments (19)

  • Jul 14, 2011 - 9:45AM

    Now this case has a documentary evidence and we hope that our over worked judges will be able to bring this case to the fore.

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  • faraz
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:08AM

    I had a nice shave today; did i commit blashphemy? Will i burn in hell forever for trimming facial hair?

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  • Uzair
    Jul 14, 2011 - 12:04PM

    Can someone share the offending ad in question?

    PS. Pakistan as a nation will now soon be deserving the Darwin Award :D We are fast on the way to self-destruction, which will actually be a good thing for humanity after we have removed our inbreeding overpopulating over-religious and totally non-reasonable selves from the human gene pool.

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  • W.A
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:02PM

    This is a fight between Me and Them
    Me is mullas and Them is the others
    We have to wait and see who wins.
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  • zabnopabno
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:57PM

    @faraz: you probably did :/

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  • zabnopabno
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:58PM

    beardphemy is unacceptable.

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  • Adeel
    Jul 14, 2011 - 4:29PM

    One must wonder how much they want to Islamise this already immoral, corrupt and Be-Iman qaum. All mullahs from every sect should be put in jail for the rest of their lives. Too much involvement into people’s private lives.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 4:32PM

    @ WA: we have to ACT… or we are the ones sure to lose the war… irrespective of who wins the current battle…

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  • SH
    Jul 14, 2011 - 4:53PM

    Wonderful. I think Mr. Mustafa committed blasphemy by being a moron. But hey, since we’re all allowed to accuse people randomly, no harm no foul!

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  • AM
    Jul 14, 2011 - 7:18PM

    pakistan’s name should be changed from:
    islamic republic to federal republic. A society with no bars/pubs/clubs will NEVER be successful because it becomes illegal to relax and have a good time!!Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jul 14, 2011 - 7:41PM

    It’s your law — you protested in the streets to keep it — be proud!

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  • AM
    Jul 14, 2011 - 8:03PM

    only the illiterate fools want the blasphemy law…for me salmaan taseer (and shahbaz bhatti) were TRUE HEROES! PAKISTAN’S BRAVE-HEARTS!!

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  • Chao
    Jul 14, 2011 - 8:59PM

    hahaha, lets kill all each other for committing blasphemy.

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  • sudhir
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:55PM

    @Uzair:
    Ameen

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  • farooq
    Jul 15, 2011 - 12:30AM

    Thank you for doing a such a bang up job on reporting. Where is the content of advertisement in question or at least a link to it? The story is missing the most important part. May be you are afraid of being accused of blasphemy, if that is the case then don’t report it at all and get out of the news business.

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  • Jul 15, 2011 - 12:38AM

    Islam and beard? the issue be decided before anything else. Islam exists in the beard of mulla, or else the length and breadth of beard of Mulla will measure and determine existence of Islam.

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  • Ishtiaer Hussain
    Jul 15, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Most of our troubles as a nation can be attributed to mullahs and their fixation on the use of violance to achieve political goals. Pakistani nation has never voted them into power and it is highly likely that they will remain powerless in the democratic set-up. Knowing well that the chances for power in the current system is almost zero, they resort to violance as an instrument to gain power. That is the basic reason for terrorism in Pakistan.

    We need a Mustafa Kamal to sweep all these mullas into the dustbin of history.

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  • Bilal
    Jul 15, 2011 - 10:58AM

    What was this ad and what did it say?

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  • Jul 15, 2011 - 11:43AM

    @AM: both these proud son of the soil, who paid a heavy, vey heavy price, for speaking truth and for the sake of the TRUTH. Their truthfulness and the supreme sacrifice(of life)actually revive the old memories of great Greek philosopher/prophet of his times, called Hakeem Sukraat or Socretese, who had paid the price for his God-given right to say and speek what he considerd Truth in things arround him in this mundane world. He was bold and brave like our modern time Shuhada, whome the enemies of maqnkind and humanity coul not bow down while alive and thought that by killing ,they would get rid of them. But! alas how wrong they were. Just like Hakeem Sukraat, they becme immortal due to sacrifying their lives to safgaured the true values of human life.Even today,in our own preset times, all those who are being calculatedly killed for their religion and faith matters, are the true followers of Hakeem Sukraat, giving their life to safeguard the for human rights and virtues,like the freedom of human conscience and its free expression. Let all of us get-togather and live and let live others with the noble slogan of’love for all, hat for none’ to make life worth-living for all the time to come, Insha Allah. Let us join togather to say long live the most valued human right of freedom of human conscience and its free expression, a right without which the very purpose of the human race and the creation of this universe, our ‘qainaat’ will remain, unrealised and unfulfilled.

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