Bahawalpur mob justice: ‘Blasphemer’ burnt alive by mob as police looked on

Published: July 4, 2012

The unidentified man, described by one police official as mentally disabled, was brutally tortured by the mob while police efforts to protect the man failed as the crowd turned violent.

BAHAWALPUR: In a harrowing incident of mob justice, hundreds of people accused a ‘deranged’ man of sacrilege, mercilessly beat him and burnt him alive in southern Punjab, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place in Chanighot area of Bahawalpur on Tuesday evening. Residents saw a man allegedly throwing pages from the Holy Quran onto the street. Local police took him into custody and put him in the lockup.

The news spread like a forest fire in the neighbourhood – and soon a frenzied mob gathered outside the Chanighot police station baying for blood.

Police couldn’t stand up to the furious and violent crowd who got hold of the alleged blasphemer, described by one police official as deranged, and brutally tortured him.

Some officers fired tear gas canisters to disperse the mob – but the emotionally charged people refused to hand over the alleged blasphemer and instead turned against the police officers, according to Ghulam Mohiuddin Gujjar, the station house officer (SHO) of Chanighot police station.

Nine police officers, including SHO Gujjar and DSP Rana Naveed Mumtaz, were injured while trying – though unsuccessfully – to rescue the man.

The mob burnt down several police vehicles, including DSP Mumtaz’s four-wheeler, before getting hold of the man, who has not been identified.

Once the unidentified man was in the mob’s custody, he was dragged to the Chanighot Chakar (roundabout), where he had allegedly desecrated the Holy Quran, doused him in petrol and set him on fire.

SHO Gujjar said they have registered two FIRs against 1,500-2,000 people.

DPO Bahawalpur Ahmad Ishaque Jehangir told The Express Tribune that police reinforcement has been sent to the area to bring the situation under control. He added that they were investigating the incident.

Jehangir said that an additional police force had been deployed in Chanighot police station to avoid any untoward incident. The man’s body was shifted to a local hospital for autopsy.

Reader Comments (165)

  • Sindhi_Pakistani
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:08PM

    There are state laws for blasphemy and it is duty of state to investigate whether one is really involved in it or not. But who has given right to any one to breach the law and kill some one in the name of blasphemy. This is utter non sense and state should ACT against such people, otherwise such fanaticism will burn whole Pakistan. People will settle their scores using blasphemy as excuse. Pls state organs wake up. Nation is burning.

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  • Riaz Thekedaar
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:10PM

    RIP. There is no excuse for such a barbaric act especially since the perpetrator was mentally unstable. Now I wonder who was mentally unstable.

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  • Suroor
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Islam DOES NOT teach this ,the uneducated barbaric MULLAHS are responsible for brain washing the uneducated !

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  • Another Victim
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:12PM

    Awareness is the solution… And nothing in the world but education brings the awareness

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  • Insomniac
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:17PM

    Mob?. It is beyond imagination to kill anyone just because he burnt or destroyed some Quranic verses. Do we have any law left in this country ? I’m disgusted by these inhumane acts of my countrymen. Do I have any hope from the politicians or the judges, you can guess that.Recommend

  • Allah Ditta Pakistani
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:21PM

    @ Every One,

    Every Pakistani does not obeys the principles laid down by Quran, so should we start burning each other.

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  • ComfortablyNumb
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:23PM

    An Angry Mob Lynched a Man and then burned him Alive, and its another day in the land of Pak and Pure.

    I do wonder if this mob actually knew what Islam stands for and what Quran teaches us. I do wonder if even 50% of this mob had read Quran regularly with the objective of understanding the verses before burning a human being alive. Shame Shame.

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  • Umer
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:25PM

    No judge, jury or trial? Obviously no suo moto on this extraordinary act of human rights violation.

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  • SKChadha
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:25PM

    emphasized text“It was “crystal clear” that the man who set the Holy Quran on fire was mentally unstable”
    I feel the fact is otherway round.

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  • Gulam
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:31PM

    I am sorry to say but half the people I know would approve of this act.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:32PM

    Some MULLAH refuses to read Namaze Janaza for getting help from NGO, some one gets burned for burning quran and a Governer gets killed and lawyers shower rose petal on his killer.Are we ther yet-Stone age? So in Pakistani interpretation of Islam one does not have to wait till the judgment day, the decision is dispensed by local leader with a gruge to get rid of someone. Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:33PM

    Utter barbarianism. Ignorance is even worse. Government must repeal these barbarian blasphemy laws asap and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators.

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  • Babloo
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Insanity, that will consume the state itself.

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  • Voice
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:44PM

    These ignorant people does not know the value of Humans …So-called Muslims, who follow Prophet Muhammad, who said, “killing of one person is equivalent to massacre of entire humanity”……..

    Pakistan government should amend these stupid and baseless law of blasphemy, which is being used as tool of torture……According to Pakistani constitution, every member of state is free to practice his/her faith…….Criticisms are healthy part of societal growth….It seems these so-called Mulla’s faith become weak and trying protect their ill actions by torturing their opponent voices….

    Sooner or later, Mullas will face a fate, when extreme clergies faced similar fate in Europe a fight between church and state…

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  • Faraz
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:46PM

    Where are the conservatives here, any comments? How would you defend this now?? Or this is another piece of news to malign Islam and Muslims?

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  • Babloo
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:47PM

    Laws are made to protect men from other men, not to protect God from humans. God is strong enough to take care of himself.

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  • Arya
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Just the previous day there was an editorial on ET on extremism sweeping the Islamic world, and now this! The solution is sensible and secular minded Muslims taking a firm stand purely on religious basis against this sort of act. They should claim their Islam, if they don’t then extremist minded people will fill the vacuum. A secular stand may impress the readers of ET, but not the mob and their mullahs.

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  • Mj
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:55PM

    The dark age of medieval Europe has found a very welcoming and hospitable environment in Pakistan. After this and many such similar incidents, we have no right to call ourselves civilized people. Utterly despicable and shameful.

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  • Ahmed HM
    Jul 4, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Oh my God, this is pure illiteracy. No one has the right to take the law in their own hands.

    As this got published in ET, we definitely need to verify the sources. Such type of non sense giver our cynical liberals (I mean ET) more chances to indirectly target the Blasphemy Law.

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  • No Vigilante
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:01PM

    A society imparts its values to new generation through the system of education. Our anger at incidents like these must motivate us to rebuild our dysfunctional public schools, so that we can teach our kids tolerance and respect for law.

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  • Mian Dawood
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:04PM

    @Allah Ditta Pakistani:
    In my opinion, your question is is right, but different from the actual issue.

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  • Mian Dawood
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:08PM

    I don’t support to burn any blasphemy accused. He should be handed over to police for investigation. When we go through some Ahadees, it come to know that the Shariyet doesn’t apply on Majzoob (unstable persons)

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  • s shah
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:10PM

    Shocking and barbaric. Such an act of senseless and evil cruelty.

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  • alicia
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:11PM

    @Ahmed HM
    This has been reported in Jang, BBC urdu service and Dunya tv.
    http://jang.com.pk/jang/jul2012-daily/04-07-2012/u112277.htm

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  • Doosam
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:14PM

    on a day when the world is celebrating the discovery of a new particle (similar to Higgs Boson) our countrymen are busy doing this

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  • R.A
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:19PM

    Mr C.J where is the SUO MOTO
    Why it is reserved for your personal choice
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  • Uzma
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:19PM

    @Babloo:
    That was a very powerful and very valid point you made…that laws are made to protect men from other men, not God from human beings. Kudos! I hope many more people start to think like you

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  • smj
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Let me put my head in the sand and ignore how it feels to be burn and tortured by an angry mob of barbarians.

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  • alicia
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:22PM

    So true. The world is busy doing scientific discoveries and look at us.

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  • Provoked
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:24PM

    There is a strong need to spread awareness regarding blasphemy and laws associated with it. these naive people have no idea what its all about.

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  • Jul 4, 2012 - 9:28PM

    It seems an appropriate epitaph to pakistan – on a day when they should be celebrating Pakistan’s unmatchable contribution to the Higgs boson discovery –

    Slightly disappointed with ET – on a day when they should have had Abdus salam on the homepage and his contribution outlined by an eminent physicist like hoodhbhoy – you have chosen to ignore the one great personality of the sub continent – I scanned the television channels and all they were talking about was the consignment of trucks to afghanistan – the only mention of abdus salam was made on Indian television

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  • Rana Amjad
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:28PM

    Complete insanity! Simply no other word or explaination for this craziness.

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  • Jadugar
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:30PM

    Such ignorance and intolerance in the name of. God, How can such Muslims be respected for their views of Islam. if only these ignorant ones could try to understand the book rather than just recite it.

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  • Ali
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:32PM

    Well said Babloo

    Laws are made to protect men from other men, not to protect God from humans. God is strong enough to take care of himself.

    Couldn’t have put it better myself.

    words fail me to describe this incident. I just feel sickened by it. What on earth are the authorities doing? This NEEDS to be stopped and dealt with.

    Only a secular Pakistan can protect its people.

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  • AllahWasaya
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:32PM

    @R.A:

    This is a newest addition in most Pakistanis’ vocabulary recently “Suo Moto” My bathroom flush is clogged, I was the CJ to take a suo moto, the rickshaw driver is demanding more money, I want the CJ to take suo moto, a bird took a crap on my head I want the CJ to take a suo moto.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:34PM

    DPO Bahawalpur Ishaq Jahangir told The Express Tribune that it was “crystal clear” that the man who set the Holy Quran on fire was mentally unstable.

    How did the DPO can say that it was “crystal clear” that the man who set the Holy Quran on fire was mentally unstable?

    The person killed has not been identified as yet, and his body has been shifted to a hospital for an autopsy, the DPO said.

    Why did the DPO cannot identity the body of the man who set the Holy Quran on fire and have given sweeping statement that the man was mentally unstable.

    There are few comments on this page in favour of the person who burnt the Holy Quran, but that does not mean that the mob burnt the Holy Quran and also put the man on fire.

    No Muslim will tolerate that Holy Quran should be burned in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:37PM

    This is really deeply saddening, words dont come to mouth to express how depressing all this is to read. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:42PM

    Why Punjab continues to be the breeding ground for terrorism and extremism? Because the Punjab Law Minister has provided a very fertile environment to them. Is there a single terrorist prosecuted by him, and sentenced by a friendly judiciary during his entire tenure after the “independence” of judiciary? Recommend

  • sick of this nonsense
    Jul 4, 2012 - 9:49PM

    @deep:
    my friend this news should be the front page of all newspaper. Why? because it should be a reminder of how barbaric our nation can become.
    How can we celebrate when humanity is being slaughtered in the name of religion? Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jul 4, 2012 - 10:00PM

    Sorry to say I am not surprised, disgusted yes but not surprised. How long can we deny that a war has been imposed upon ordinary Pakistani Muslims by the fanatics and terrorists? Those talking about Suo Motu and other actions for justice, it is not a decades old political case or a manufactured Memo case, it is killing of an innocent man by fanatics and not imp. BTW, we still love to keep Qadri as hero and feed him in jail and his trial would never finalize like many other cases in our court system. Not even an animal let alone a human in any country should be treated like this.

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  • Lala Gee
    Jul 4, 2012 - 10:03PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:

    “No Muslim will tolerate that Holy Quran should be burned in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”

    And lynch and incinerate alive themselves instead of handing over the accused to police for a fair trial. Wonder if education can change our medieval mindset.

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  • David Horowitz
    Jul 4, 2012 - 10:16PM

    This is good news for the enemies of Pakistan. They are rubbing their hands with glee and smiling at the moral deterioration of Pakistan… the end is close. When a country is economically destroyed, it will still survive. When morals are gone, it is finished for good. Any number of “atam bums” wont help.

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  • Jul 4, 2012 - 10:34PM

    They burned a man (who was mentally unstable) alive who was ‘ACCUSED’ of burning the Quran. How on earth could they not see the contradiction on that!?

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  • Sindhi
    Jul 4, 2012 - 10:50PM

    @Sindhi_Pakistani:

    Us Sindhis need to wake up and stop this disease from spreading in our province. Altaf Hussain’s secular MQM should also participate.

    Look at what they do to poor Rinkle Kumari!

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  • Cautious
    Jul 4, 2012 - 10:58PM

    @Mirza. Unfortunately it’s becoming more clear that the “ordinary Pakistani Muslim” is closer to the Taliban extremist than your ideal Muslim. Those ordinary Pakistani’s don’t raise their own voices nor vote for people who condemn these atrocious acts.

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  • Hatu
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:06PM

    We are a sick nation and burden on humanity.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:15PM

    Pakistan is a lawless country and the government is abetting it by doing what they do best to loot the country and amass the looted wealth in Swiss and other offshore banks. Those who are involved in lynching should be brought to justice and make an example of them for future violator of laws of the country. When the head of the State and government violate the laws blatantly then what could you expect from the masses. Pakistan has been going backward since Zia’s time.Keep it up and you people will have no country left to do these sort of things.

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  • Hasan
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:16PM

    The need of the hour is for us to look at this calmly and to wait for more information to emerge about this hideous crime. We don’t know much about the victim, such as his own religious background.

    Of course, that will not change how disgusting this savagery is, but it is important nonetheless: if he was a Muslim, then we have once again seen an incident of unbelievable barbarity, and if he was a non-Muslim, not only have we seen unbelievable barbarity, we have also once again utterly failed our religious minorities.

    Praying for Pakistan and the loved ones of this poor man,

    Hasan

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  • Vikram
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:16PM

    Oh God, how could these people burn a mentally unstable man in the presence of police. I am shocked.

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  • Parvez
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:19PM

    Action to amend dual nationality law to suit parliamentarians is taken in hours but no action taken in years on the misuse of the blasphemy law because it does not concern the law makers personally – SHAME ON THEM.

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  • American
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:20PM

    A nation of unstable people kill an unstable person.
    I am sure the President and PM will “take notice” !
    And that will be news headline tomorrow.

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  • Vikram
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:21PM

    @Gulam:
    “I am sorry to say but half the people I know would approve of this act.”

    That means 50% of people you know don’t know what is the purpose of a religion.Recommend

  • Michael_jogi
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:21PM

    @Cautious: Mate Pakistan is a country of 200 million
    u know and u can help in by not generalising those 200 million with a couple of hundred or thousands or u ain’t any different from those extremists ur self

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  • Jul 4, 2012 - 11:26PM

    Acts of both that man and mob needs to be condemned …

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  • Dilbar Jahan
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:31PM

    RIP!

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  • Dilbar Jahan
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:32PM

    R.I.P.

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  • American
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:35PM

    @Iman: Why should the act of that man be condemned…?
    He is mad, unstable, and did not know what he was doing.
    In USA, an insanity defense will get you off even a murder…because the law (that represents society) realizes that you cannot punish a man for doing something that he does not understand…
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  • Mr X From Bombay
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:37PM

    Blasphemy law has no room in democratic way of living. Such law should be abolished. Human life and freedom is far more valuable than religion and religious scriptures.

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  • Vikram
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:37PM

    I read about one man burning Quran few days before in some online news. Man was in police custody. News mentioned man was mentally unstable and their was a mob demanding his release so that they could kill him.

    If some police official released this man to the mob, the official should be charged with murder.

    Police failed to protect a mentally unstable man, what a shame.

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  • GreenOval
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:42PM

    This is not what Quran teaches. It’s shameful that these people became the prosecutors, the judge and the executioners without giving this man (mentally disabled) the opportunity to defend himself. Acts like these provide the misconception to the world about the religion which is a shame.

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  • Mr X From Bombay
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:43PM

    @Michael_jogi: Agree. But will us not criticizing is going to help more or those 200 million people rising against the few thousands who are taking down your whole nation back to stone age and barbaric way of living.
    Choices are clear. And by far the common Pakistani has (may be reluctantly ) made their choice.

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  • Michael_jogi
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:44PM

    @Hatu: may b u r mate as u are definitely sick by generalising whole nation with a few extremidts
    @Cautious: Mate Pakistan is a country of 200 million
    u know and u can help in by not generalising those 200 million with a couple of hundred or thousands or u ain’t any different from those extremists ur self

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  • Babloo
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:48PM

    In Pakistan only two kinds of people would commit so called “blasphemy”
    A. Mentally Ill
    B. Suicidal
    In both cases the law should protect them and not the other way round.

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  • Sher Ghazi (@Ghanishkuch)
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:58PM

    Really Shocking to hear that a abnormal man set on fire. Any body can define me where in Quran mentioned or any hadeees which allow us to burn a person who mishandle holy Quran and accused person disable and abnormal??? Very Shocking

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  • Saleem
    Jul 4, 2012 - 11:58PM

    And they call themselves muslim follower of a religion that literally means peace. Shame for the entire nation. We have turned into barbarians.

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  • Michael_jogi
    Jul 5, 2012 - 12:01AM

    Dear fellow readers
    Don’t get me wrong I do condem the acts of violence in any circumstances but as I’m a student still and my observation of things may be less realistic but I’ve a few of questions from every 1

    1stly is that right to make gross generalisations and blame a nation of 200 million for the acts of a few
    2ndly Is it necessary to assume that whatever actions were carried out by the mob are actually in line with the doctrines of a religion if they aren’t then why some of us are blaming the book or relegion to appease a vast number of peaceful majority of Muslims
    Moreover I’ve deduced that last time the generalisation took place in Europe it was by a man with a funny moustache u know the name and what as a result of it as well do please use brains and do give feedback and correct me if I’m wrong
    Regards

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  • a_writer
    Jul 5, 2012 - 12:09AM

    When ANY religion has to be propped up to survive with the support of insane mobs, it ceases to be much of anything, let alone a religion.

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  • kdp
    Jul 5, 2012 - 12:20AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:

    Will you participate in killing or burning a Human Being alive no matter what he-she did? Your comments indicate you may

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  • Mwaqar
    Jul 5, 2012 - 12:31AM

    Just another act of ignorance,religious fanaticism and lack of tolerance,someone should ask that ”MOB” if anyone of them ever read QURAN in URDU/PUNJABI ETC???Recommend

  • Jul 5, 2012 - 12:36AM

    the views of the ‘mullahs’ on this is actually the same as the person who got the most ‘recommendations’ on this comments thread ( i.e sindhipakistani)
    please read:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2011/01/110116
    muftinaeemintw_ha.shtml

    it is in urdu.

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  • Jiyala
    Jul 5, 2012 - 12:36AM

    Thats what happens if you vote for Conservatives. Pakistan needs liberal parties like PPP, MQM and ANP. And that too in 2/3rd majority so that they repeal Blasphemy laws. Let the parliament be supreme and not PCO judges or army. Every problem will be solved and result is Jinnah’s Pakistan.

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  • Fayyaz
    Jul 5, 2012 - 12:53AM

    The government must brought all the perpetrators to justice even if they are in thousands…Otherwise such kind of brutality shall never stop!!!

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  • KL
    Jul 5, 2012 - 1:06AM

    We are going back to 2550BC.

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  • Mj
    Jul 5, 2012 - 1:46AM

    @Saleem:
    “And they call themselves muslim follower of a religion that literally means peace. Shame for the entire nation. We have turned into barbarians”

    No, it means submission, or to be more precise then submission to the will of god. The rest of your statement is however, true.

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  • Chulbul Pandey
    Jul 5, 2012 - 1:48AM

    @KL: We are going back to 2550BC.

    Why? What happened in 2550 BC?

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  • AshamedtobePakistani
    Jul 5, 2012 - 1:56AM

    Frightening. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Pakistan of people like Mumtaz Qadri. The floodgates have opened now.

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  • jawad
    Jul 5, 2012 - 1:59AM

    as it is stated that the man accused is mentally unstable so this barbaric act is real injustice let the court handle the case taking the law in your hands is not appreciable, mob should be arrested, then let the court decide

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  • Shezzy
    Jul 5, 2012 - 2:15AM

    If the victim was a woman and burnt alive 4 blasphemy like the man in bahawalpur, every1 wud surely be vocal against it. I bet!

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  • jawad hassan
    Jul 5, 2012 - 2:27AM

    we should be ashamed of such incidents. Try to spread the awareness in your neighbourhood talk to every one from your servants to your grocery guy. We have to do this in order to save our nation which is going towards anarchy.

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  • Syed
    Jul 5, 2012 - 2:32AM

    It happens only in Pakistan. What a lawless country.

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  • no one
    Jul 5, 2012 - 3:02AM

    Islam is in danger because of Muslims , not because of Non-muslims…..This act shows who is mentally sick and how much faith they have in religion . This is burning example of fundamentalism .

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  • Danish Masood
    Jul 5, 2012 - 3:29AM

    I am very sorry to heared and read that all,clearly this is not the true picture of islam and
    being muslim,I dont understand this at all.
    Beind an true muslim mean not even destroyed non living thing because there is effort put by living thing on this,And act like such killing a living thing that is far too much totally shocking.
    In this world we are not here to decide who is right and who is wrong,This is the world and everything in it or in the glaxy or in or above the sky,earth,moon or on another planets all made by Allah subhan Talah and as an human being I have to pay respect to everything not only just a Holy Quran.Because I am not in Power apart of Our creater.So simply I am the follower and my duties are to spreading love and Brotherhood and neighbourhood all around this world?Keep me right guys if I am wrong?
    My question is to muslim world and Pakistani Nation and Government What are we doing on the control side? And how are we Representing to others?
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  • Vikram
    Jul 5, 2012 - 3:45AM

    @Sindhi_Pakistani: “There are state laws for blasphemy and it is duty of state to investigate whether one is really involved in it or not. …..People will settle their scores using blasphemy as excuse. Pls state organs wake up. Nation is burning”.

    State is made of people more or ;less like this community. Don’t forget …. Mumtaz Qadri, murderer of Salman Taseer, showered with rose petals by Lawyers …. Asia Bibi is still in Jail
    for Blasphemy. Majority of people charged with Blasphemy are minorities. I remember a doctor was charged with Blasphemy because he threw away “Visiting Card” of a man named Mohammed.

    This is Pakistan. Only few days back there was a news, some Pakistani lawyers beat up a policemen right .in the court.

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  • Pakistani
    Jul 5, 2012 - 3:47AM

    This BOOK is actually there so that people can read and spread love and peace among everyone, unfortunatly the uneducated are missusing it. It is such a shame that we are doing exactly what is forbidden in this holy book. Even if a normal person did such a thing, it was his mistake, the MULLAH and the MOLVIS, should have had acted as a role model and as an example for the rest of the nation, and should have tried to solve the problem peacefully. But since ALMOST EVERY MULLAH is uneducated, they act without thinking.Recommend

  • Peace
    Jul 5, 2012 - 4:25AM

    “No Muslim will tolerate that Holy Quran should be burned in the land of Pakistan.” But lynching and incinerate alive themselves instead of handing over the accused to police for a fair trial. Wonder if education can change our medieval mindset. ThanksRecommend

  • Mr X From Bombay
    Jul 5, 2012 - 4:35AM

    @True Muslim Paki:
    So burning a not retarded man who commits blasphemy is allowed and acceptable according to you ? No regard for personal state of mind of an individual who acts upon instinct and flash of anger and not necessarily to harm anyone ? Your thinking indicates there is no room for considering such facts!!
    It is more shameful that “a belief system” needs to be defended at cost of human life. Have you tried putting your hands on candle for more than few seconds ? Imagine the pain having your whole body in flame. What kind of hatred and dead sensitivities towards human life you may be carrying that you have no apathy for such act and you are indeed trying to build an excuse for those who did this henious crime ?
    If there is any justice in Pakistan and any regard to humanity, those people who set the men on fire should be hanged and the ones who were standing there enjoying the unfortunate & sad tamasha of human bonfire needs to be behind bars (prison or mental ) for good.

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  • Michael_jogi
    Jul 5, 2012 - 4:37AM

    @Praful R Shah: And u prove how ignorant you are by associating a single incident of madness with a population of 1.5 billion people pity should I say that how intolerant whole India was when they killed thousands on Gujarat riots

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  • Vikram
    Jul 5, 2012 - 4:47AM

    According to BBC

    Police say they are trying to identify the victim, who was said to be mentally unstable.

    “The man had no idea what was going on,” said an official.

    “While he was in our custody, he kept laughing and chanting.”

    A case has been registered against unknown attackers. No arrests have been made yet.

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  • Spud
    Jul 5, 2012 - 4:56AM

    @Sindhi_Pakistani: Every Muslim always proclaims that Islam is a religion of peace and forgiveness but incidents such as this and there are many show the lie that this statement is. There are laws for punishing such behavior but Pakistan has become a very primitive society and it keeps getting worse day by day. Pull back from the precipice is my advice to all Muslims.

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  • bailian
    Jul 5, 2012 - 5:05AM

    ‘May His Soul Rest In Peace (Ameen)’.

    People are looking for excuse to kill each other.
    Its about time we should roll these Mullahs up and throw them in ‘Arabian Sea’.

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  • Mahakaalchakra
    Jul 5, 2012 - 5:08AM

    A religion is judged by deeds and behaviors of its followers as a society. It is judged by what is being ‘practiced’ by its followers today rather than some glorified history or delusional interpretations by some individuals which are never put in actions by the majority of its followers. PERIOD.

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  • Najam
    Jul 5, 2012 - 5:17AM

    Its very sad yet not surprising news…..there is so much to say but i would want to say a little.
    one of us said Sindhi’s…its such a shameful thing to say as we are talking of Pakistan not of anything else….
    Another thing is If you rationally think the constitutional laws contradict Quran and people so easily turn up and quote according to constitution blasphemy laws say this or that. In Pakistan Literally Constitution is above the Quran and this is Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
    Alas…..Recommend

  • Luqman Khan
    Jul 5, 2012 - 5:24AM

    Are we still proud to be a PAKISTANI??? ANYONE?? SO DEPRESSING. But i will stand by it `til the last drop of blood in my body. Love you Pakistan dont let me down please. One day we will rise and shine. InshAllah.Recommend

  • Sky
    Jul 5, 2012 - 5:31AM

    @Kamal:
    Where did you find his last words and regrets? Can you share any links?

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  • Ted Hall
    Jul 5, 2012 - 5:32AM

    It’s too bad all of the Korans in the world aren’t burned. As long as Islam exists, with its’ moronic and barbaric “values”, there is little hope for peace and prosperity.

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  • Sahir
    Jul 5, 2012 - 5:32AM

    Just shows how desperate and ruthless people have become to book their tickets to Jannat!

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  • abdullah
    Jul 5, 2012 - 6:16AM

    did u all ever commented on collateral damage i.e MURDER OF 1000s OF CIVILIANS BY DRONE ATTACKS?? where are ur emotions for all muslims being murdered raped, tortured around the world by west ?
    how wud ppl know wat islam teaches when ur curriculum is occoring to aid doners!!?? when ur corrupt rulers have combined their efforts to america’s not to implement islam! just as it will snatch their luxury life n punish them for their evil!
    it is only through implementing islam muslims will learn and react according to shariahRecommend

  • kaalchakra
    Jul 5, 2012 - 6:41AM

    I would just remind the readers here that insulting the beloved Prophet (PBUH) and the Holy Quran are not acts like any other. They lead to consequences not like any other.

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  • Vikram
    Jul 5, 2012 - 6:44AM

    According to Dawn

    While the man was being questioned, some people started making announcements over MOSQUE LOUDSPEAKERS, urging residents to go to the police station and punish him.
    Within hours, thousands gathered outside and demanded the man be handed over to them. Gujar said police tried to protect him, but the mob turned violent.
    They burned several police vehicles and wounded seven officers before grabbing the man and dragging him into the street, where he was beaten to death and his body set on fire.

    This clearly shows religion did play a role in this murder.

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  • baseer faisal
    Jul 5, 2012 - 7:13AM

    Shame, shame and shame.Recommend

  • Musings
    Jul 5, 2012 - 7:15AM

    Finally, finally, we are having Quaid-e Azam’s Pakistan: One that he envisaged, and others dreaded.

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  • sashi
    Jul 5, 2012 - 8:28AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:

    Let the court decide that. How can the mob and mullah judge it ? This is anarchy. Dont ever justify mob violence.

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  • Seemab
    Jul 5, 2012 - 8:44AM

    I am a Pakistani & Muslim but I feel that I live between mindless a Jungle society
    There are state laws for blasphemy and it is duty of state to investigate whether one is really involved in it or not. But who has given right to any one to breach the law and kill some one in the name of blasphemy. This is utter non sense and state should ACT against such people, otherwise such fanaticism will burn whole Pakistan. People will settle their scores using blasphemy as excuse. Pls state organs wake up. Nation is burning.Recommend

  • tahir
    Jul 5, 2012 - 8:45AM

    @Gulam:
    i am sorry…you got it wrong….. not half but much more than half of pakistanis would agree with the mob…….that is why i sometimes feel ashamed of being pakistaniRecommend

  • judy
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:08AM

    Next time any media declares us barbarian i will not be surprised, we give them examples to quoteRecommend

  • Aamir
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:09AM

    Sick nation!

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  • Rahul
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:10AM

    After reading this I’m deeply ashamed of even being born as human. It’d be better euthanize those as soon as found deranged in Pakistan.

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  • Saqib
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:11AM

    Shame again for the nation and state of Insanity among people and reminder this is not the first time, we as a nation don’t cherish Human Value, While my beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has pardoned his worse enemies himself, Allah ne Farmaya jo raham nahi karta us par raham nahi kiya jaata, May Allah show us the right path and true Islam.

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  • xoya
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:11AM

    @Lala Gee:

    Grow up please the Quran also says dont KILL .
    dint you read that part . That Man was not in his senses so it does nto mean you people have to burn him & Murder him

    Is that what the Holy Quran teaches people like you ?
    its a SHAME that you have not understood what our Holy book says .

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  • Jeesjee
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:12AM

    DPO Bahawalpur Ishaq Jahangir told The Express Tribune that it was “crystal clear” that the man who set the Holy Quran on fire was mentally unstable. How did the DPO can say that it was “crystal clear” that the man who set the Holy Quran on fire was mentally unstable? The person killed has not been identified as yet, and his body has been shifted to a hospital for an autopsy, the DPO said. Why did the DPO cannot identity the body of the man who set the Holy Quran on fire and have given sweeping statement that the man was mentally unstable. There are few comments on this page in favour of the person who burnt the Holy Quran, but that does not mean that the mob burnt the Holy Quran and also put the man on fire. No Muslim will tolerate that Holy Quran should be burned in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. But this reaction is not the way to represent the teaching of ISLAM who said “Killing one man means killing the Humanity”.Recommend

  • saleem
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:16AM

    The police should have open fire on the mob before they got hold of the prisoner

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:38AM

    @Sky:
    These words were apparently quoted by Jinnah’s physician in his autobiography.

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  • ramanan
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:41AM

    Why blame the mullahs. Didn’t your home minister / advise say that if he would shoot a Blashphemer himself!!

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  • asif
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:42AM

    This is not the simple book…. holy book…………. mind it………Recommend

  • Sajjad Shaikh
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:47AM

    @ Mohd Ali Siddique, Look at your name and see what you are saying, Thats really shamefull. Who has the proof that person torched actually did that. May be they were just rumors. Even if he did there is no law to burn people on the roads. Mullahs will eat this religion one day.

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  • reasonable
    Jul 5, 2012 - 10:00AM

    @kaalchakra:

    A mere allegation of blasphemy is good enough for a man/women to be lynched?

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  • haroon
    Jul 5, 2012 - 10:27AM

    @Max:
    em with uRecommend

  • Suleman
    Jul 5, 2012 - 10:33AM

    It should be investigated that if the accused was locked up in police station then how could mob open or break the lock of the police station to get hold of him? Did it really happen the way it was reported or did the police hand the accused over to mob themselves?

    The incident is a big question mark on safety & security of people in police custody.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 5, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Well another brutal act. We call ourselves Muslims. Islam teaches us that Huqooq-ul-ibaad (rights of humans) are to be put on top priority. But alas! we have no place for HI in our society. I, being a muslim, accept that the act of tearing Quran pak (Naauzobillah) was unbearable for a muslim. But on the other hand, here the case was quite different. The person doing the act was mentally retarded. He had no knowledge, no know how about what he was doing? If God had to do the justice, he would have forgiven the man. Since, he was out of the frame of his mind. We are not muslims, we are extremists. We can do everything. But if found someone doing the same, we are ready for justice & punishment. I simply want to ask all of you, Was the action taken by people right or wrong?
    The decision is yours.Recommend

  • ayesha
    Jul 5, 2012 - 10:50AM

    these kind of abrupt reaction from masses are very terrifying..nor even they see was the man actually at fault or not?what happened with two brothers beaten to death by mobs..with out even thinking they were innocent ..our masses dont have mind..the things were to be investigated about the act done by that man..he was to penalized if was found the culpritRecommend

  • ali
    Jul 5, 2012 - 10:55AM

    @Max:
    dis z nt a book , its a Holy book of our muslims,, wht u do if its bible or some else burnt by some ?? huuh ??Recommend

  • abrar
    Jul 5, 2012 - 11:10AM

    @SKChadha:
    Actually the Mob represents the mentally disable people, who doesnot know the real message Islam carries. shame on us as Muslims.Recommend

  • Kazim
    Jul 5, 2012 - 11:20AM

    If that guy did a wrong deed by burning the Holy Quran, then did the mob do a holy act buy burning him alive ? Is this what Islam teaches us ? such barbaric act ? Yes he was guilty but burning him alive ? What is the difference of that man and the mob now ?

    We live in a state where the Law of the Jungle has been applied. You want something to get done, just pick up a pistol, some bats, petrol, burn a few things, injure a few people and wallah …

    Shameful display by us so-called-MuslimsRecommend

  • nadeem
    Jul 5, 2012 - 11:22AM

    @Asif:
    are u a muslim?Recommend

  • Munir Ahmed
    Jul 5, 2012 - 11:27AM

    It is new tradition of extremism which must be dealt with iron hands.Recommend

  • Jul 5, 2012 - 11:32AM

    Naeem Khan: said it correctly, there will be no country country left to do such acts of cowardice. The rulers have done a good job of looting the wealth of the masses instead of putting the same wealth for the people’s benefits. Our country is going down the gutter since Zia’s time.Recommend

  • neeno khan
    Jul 5, 2012 - 11:37AM

    We are a community of Jahils So this is not something new We do much moreRecommend

  • ALI
    Jul 5, 2012 - 11:55AM

    this Book is very vvvvvv impRecommend

  • optimistic Pakistani
    Jul 5, 2012 - 12:02PM

    Looking at such acts, one would start to think that actually man has not progressed so well even after 1400 years of Islam, atleast in Pakistan. The man was involved in similar acts at that time and even before that. A sincere effort is required to not only change the mentality of the people but also to educate them about the true essence of religion and its values. I’m sure most of the comments made here are by those who are not living in Pakistan including myself and I truly believe that huge responsibility lies on our shoulder to save our home and our brothers. If Allah has given someone awareness and knowledge of Quran, I’m sure he will be asked one day. I’m very optimistic that this mentality would be different in the coming years….Recommend

  • Muhammad Siddique
    Jul 5, 2012 - 12:42PM

    @Max:
    though objected the act of mob but it is strange why blasphemous activities shouldn’t be stopped. As some one said very well “In Rome do as the Romans do.” Social and cultural values should be accepted and respected. Even in multinational organizations one would be FIRED if he is not following the norms artifacts and values of the organizations. I suggest please avoid criticize the book, bring something better then that, as challenged in the book as well, and than come to speak.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Jul 5, 2012 - 2:20PM

    Bahawalpur mob justice: ‘Blasphemer’ burnt alive by mob as police looked on

    Misleading title….9 policeman got injured while trying to fend off a crowd of 1500……you guys need to stop being sensationalist and report facts.

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  • chacha
    Jul 5, 2012 - 2:29PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: “No Muslim will tolerate that Holy Quran should be burned in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”

    No mulsim will tolerate this, no muslim will telorate that. And if they do not toelrate then they immediately burn the man or if he is not in immediate vicinity then release a fatwa for his death

    Get the drift ! Despite the greatness of the Islamic religion, Lack of Tolerance is being perceived, as a muslim trait but the rest of the world

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  • Hunter punter
    Jul 5, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Just shows that pakistani society is stressed and on a short fuse. An extremely frustrated society behaves so abnormaly.
    most bloggers have expressed distress and disgust. That is a silver lining on a grey sky. Hope things dont get worse.
    Even Indians are feeling as sad as pakistanis on this issue.

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  • Hasan
    Jul 5, 2012 - 8:31PM

    There’s some incredible idiocy being shown on this thread, particularly by those who claim that most Pakistanis would be happy to hear this news.

    Well, aside from the standard handful of Hindustanis who are posting messages here (usually without looking closer to home at their own very real problems), the majority of comments condemning this inhuman act seems to be from Pakistanis; so no, the idea that this is somehow supported by ‘the majority’ of Pakistanis is incorrect and frankly stupid. As someone else pointed out, the only slim, tiny ray of hope comes from the fact that Pakistani society as a whole seems to have risen up unanimously to reject this disgusting barbarism.

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  • Bogeyman
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:23PM

    Oh the irony….mob burns alive a man for burning the Quran and they say it was crystal clear that the man was mentally unstable!!!!!!!!!!

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  • JoelB
    Jul 5, 2012 - 9:41PM

    This will not end until the blasphemy laws are stricken down.

    Also, violence and/or assault against another person for ANY reason must be severely punished in accordance with the law. Obviously that is not the case today in Pakistan.

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  • kashan
    Jul 6, 2012 - 12:17AM

    Pathetic. Very shameful act. I am shocked that how can this incident happened in the presence of police?

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  • Disgusted
    Jul 6, 2012 - 12:48AM

    The incident is extremely disgusting. It shows we are a nation of crazy fanatics. But what is more disgusting is that the barbarity has not been condemned by the leaders of the society, be they politicians, religious leaders or scholars, civil society busybuddies, lawyers or judges. The silence is not only deafening but criminal. It seems we have decided to commit suicide as a nation. God forgive us!!Recommend

  • Jim Ackley
    Jul 6, 2012 - 7:35AM

    ACAs an ideology, Islam is not entitled to equal respect and acceptance, because ideas do not carry equal moral weight.  Islam is not simply a belief about God.  It is a word that means submission.  Islam is a set of rules that define a social hierarchy in which Muslims submit to Allah, women submit to men and all non-Muslims submit to Islamic rule

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  • Jim Ackley
    Jul 6, 2012 - 7:36AM

    @Sindhi_Pakistani: ACAs an ideology, Islam is not entitled to equal respect and acceptance, because ideas do not carry equal moral weight.  Islam is not simply a belief about God.  It is a word that means submission.  Islam is a set of rules that define a social hierarchy in which Muslims submit to Allah, women submit to men and all non-Muslims submit to Islamic rule

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  • Mainul Muhammed
    Jul 6, 2012 - 10:04AM

    @Allah Ditta Pakistani:
    It is high time to eradicate blasphemous law to save pakistan

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  • upkar gill
    Jul 6, 2012 - 10:38AM

    @Gulam:
    then you are in the wrong company.

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  • upkar gill
    Jul 6, 2012 - 11:37AM

    @chacha:
    islam is tolerance, i am not a muslim but i know this much.

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  • Dr. Doolittle
    Jul 6, 2012 - 12:00PM

    The alleged blasphemer may have beena mentally deranged person, but the mob was morally deranged. It pathetic that our mullahs may have made the mob believe that all of them will be rewarded in the hereafter for this act.

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  • John Bosco
    Jul 6, 2012 - 1:12PM

    @Insomniac: Why not the Blasphemy cases against the people who give fatwa in these cases. We do not forget the incident of 2006 in which clerics tattered the Quaranic verses written on the amended bill of Hudood Ordinance. MQM has raised the voice but unfortunately no other party was with them. http://archives.dawn.com/2006/08/23/local10.htm

    HYDERABAD: MQM calls for blasphemy case against Fazl, Qazi -DAWN – Local; August 23, 2006
    archives.dawn.com.

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  • vishh
    Jul 6, 2012 - 1:17PM

    @Michael_jogi:

    Michael, but sadly 200 Million of major are silent majority… they only comment over here but cannot take their head stright over against this couse in real time against minor barbarians… this is what put people in shame….

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  • vishh
    Jul 6, 2012 - 1:33PM

    @Michael_jogi:
    Michael baggy, fool first see the root cause of problem before looking at the problem.

    Godra train burining –> reciprocated in term of Gujarat incident. simple logic dude try to under —- stand.

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  • vishh
    Jul 6, 2012 - 1:44PM

    @Danish Masood:
    Danish being muslim you cannot understand what is happened is write or wrong. according 2 your fellow people 2000+ gathered at a call from masque to burn this retarded man… see they are referred as true muslim by your country man.. so I am in confused state if they are true muslim then what you are… Under logical aspect both cannot be true unless other one is false.. I am also confused how many version of Quran exists… which teach making peace for some people and making piece of some one…. I stronhgly believe if today gabriel would have need to reverse anything the first thing she does is Quran and the last thing is Quran..

    E.T today I have boarded number of message I couldn’t see any of my message in your blog.. but atleast be transparent.. dont be in sub-human state

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  • Tony Singh
    Jul 6, 2012 - 2:15PM

    @Muhammad Siddique:
    Can a person in Pakistan have his/her own opinion about a particular book. Whichever way one looks at it, a book is a book nothing more. And no book is worth a human life.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jul 6, 2012 - 2:32PM

    @xoya:

    Quran also says dont KILL . dint you
    read that part

    In fact I myself never came across that part. Could you give me the exact reference please?

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