Man accused of blasphemy for refusing to join anti-Islam film protest: Report

Published: September 19, 2012

Police say there was no evidence against businessman, mob forced police to lodge blasphemy case against him. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

HYDERABAD: A businessman was accused of blasphemy after he refused to take part in a protest against an anti-Islam film in Hyderabad and for allegedly trying to convince others to not take part in the protest, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Wednesday.

Pakistani officials said that they have launched an investigation into the accusations, the report said.

Police officer Munir Abbasi told AP that hundreds of protesters in Hyderabad demanded that the shops of the businessman be shut down as action against him.

According to the report, one of businessman’s tenants said that the decision against joining the protest supported the blasphemous film.

The protesters also claimed that the accused insulted the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), City Police Chief Fareed Jan told AP.

He added that there was no evidence against the accused, but the mob forced the police into lodging a blasphemy case against him.

Reader Comments (114)

  • Khurram Malik
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:25PM

    I always heard that Sindh is the most tolerant of all regions in Pakistan but things are slowly changing. I think Migration from certain regions of Pakistan into Sindh have contributed to this extremism as well as these people are bringing their ideology as well and dont want to listen to others.Recommend

  • IceSoul
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Fanaticism needs to be checked RIGHT NOW or Pakistan will crumble in the next few years…

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  • 1984
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:29PM

    I know this would happen soon….

    First,they targetted people for being Hindus,christians
    then they targetted for being ahmedis
    then they targetted for being shias

    Now they will target anyone who doesnt like to believe in self-destruction and use brains and common sense…

    Hell with Agni,Prithvi,Trishul,Brahmos….Just a badly edited youtube video can destroy Pakistan

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  • jism
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:30PM

    this begs the question,will normalcy and peace return after 2014?

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  • AnisAqeel
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:39PM

    I was just viewing an U tube clip on Muhammad Hanif who spoke on his piece of writing that headed as “Kafir Factory”, That caption could have been stated “blasphemy factory”.

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  • KB
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:40PM

    Khurram Malik: That’s taking Stereotypical to the next level the way you have put it whilst this Mod has taken this law to the whole different and next level too

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  • Mj
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:44PM

    There is no silent majority of moderates. It’s more and more looking like the fanatics may actually be the majority.

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  • Jat
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Pakistanis have finally gone over the edge. This was always going to happen looking at how it was governed from the very start.

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  • Latif
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:47PM

    The mob is the judge, hurry and executioner. They seem to have a logical grasp on jurisprudence as well, by extrapolating blasphemy on the part of this shop keeper who was probably trying to go about his business.
    Laugh at us world, if that was the intention of the producers of the film. We have not disappointed!

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  • Uza Syed
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Wah, wah, waah!

    “Just a badly edited youtube video can destroy Pakistan” —- how correct and what a pity.

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  • Sep 19, 2012 - 7:53PM

    During french revolution same thing happened. first they hanged the monarchy, then they hanged the bigwigs, they they started hanging people who wouldnt join the revolution and eventually they started hanging people who would not get excited about revolution. Eventually revolution killed its own children and french went back to what they were before.

    history repeats itself they say, unless u learn from it.

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  • M.S
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:56PM

    This is insensibility & must be protested at all cost & a loud & clear msg be given that in the shadows of this protest against blasphemous film, no one would be allowed to take revenge or be the messiah of others. The Govt whereby has failed in other areas, can atleast attempt to restore some sense of goverance on these protests in which so far only the people of this country have been hurt, places & vehicles vandalised & burnt but also sacred lives have been lost & for what!Recommend

  • Cautious
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:57PM

    You would think that after falsely accusing a child with Downs syndrome the fanatics would back off a bit — wrong. Another example of intolerance and why the World smirks when you use the term “religion of peace”.

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  • Thomas
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Oh! what a country!

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  • Jamal Khan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:02PM

    Can we go back to a secular Pakistan please? Say 1940-1960′s? The religious insensibility perpetrated by Zia has gotten way out of control. Enough is enough.Recommend

  • osama
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:03PM

    What is going on here?can angry mullahs accuse anyone for blasphemy?the shop keeper may have had better things to care of then join a protest when bigger un islamic things are happening happening.a person with a long mustache is unislamic,not joining protests because of personal reasn is unislamic prettyey soon not wearing a shalwar kameez will be unislamic.but you dont see rapist of minorities being called blasphemers or the sectarian killers.

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  • Whats in the name
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:12PM

    Quite Honestly, It cannot get more ridiculous than this. To me, a silent spectator, it appears that there is a competition in destruction notably in countries like Pakistan, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya as to who indulges in more self destruction. And I am really having a hard time, choosing the winner, and the runners up…. Can some body help me….
    Rgds
    P

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  • Mubashir
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:15PM

    Problem with emotional Muslims is that in their secondary sources are found strange stories which they find hard to defend so the easiest thing for them is to try and shut others up. This is a psychological lock that interferes with rational thought.

    They need to clean up fabrications from their so called history and hadith books. They must be educated to try and judge that kind of material by the Quran and reject what does not match it. Unfortunately I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

    We have scholars who have spoken against such material and the awareness is growing but the progress is slow.

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  • Faraz
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:16PM

    this video only just confirm my doubts how religiously intolerant Pakistanis have become! no coming back from this now.

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  • Mirza
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:18PM

    So if a mob of fanatic extremists starts attacking the “others” and if I stay on the sidelines then does that means I am not a Muslim and committing blasphemy?

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  • Pakistani Pashtoon
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:29PM

    and i am afraid from that day that these mullahs will come out on streets and force people to shut down their shops and go to prayers .. wellcome to zia ul haq pakistan

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  • Sep 19, 2012 - 8:33PM

    It is simply a case of what goes around comes around. The law was framed against minorities only but now we are all caught up in it. For a moment, think how protesters (especially the violent ones) have given the attention to the attention-seeker movie crew? I know I cannot ask the illiterate majority of Muslim masses to argue with reason but then who is responsible for this unruliness? Perhaps those who used the pulpits to spread this news with ill-intentions.
    http://www.facebook.com/zaakbaarlaw

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:41PM

    I won’t protest! Go ahead accuse me of blasphemy. Pakistan is increasingly looking like Spain during the Spanish Inquisition.

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  • zohaib
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:42PM

    “the mob forced the police into lodging a blasphemy case against him”……whats going on here?….Isn’t the same thing happened in Ramsha case?…. is bunch of crazy people are responsible for the security?….This “MOB” shall be tried under terrorisim act for terrorizing police.

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  • Amir1
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:45PM

    People who falsely accuse MUT be taken to task immediately, welse this menance will keep growing to a level where we will just have to cut our tongues so we do not utter any blasphemous words….

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  • s shah
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:45PM

    @Latif, @Vishnu Duttu, @1984: Very well said. Totally agree. These fanatics will terrorize, intimidate and eventually kill everyone who disagrees with them. Shameful.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:47PM

    In future, if you don’t support terrorists, you will be considered anti Islam.

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  • Sarush Bangulzai Baloch
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:48PM

    There are only few moderate muslims in Pakistan mainly can be found on Internet. Pakistan is a fanatic society admit it guys. Even I was called as kafir anti-muslim for my Facebook comments against this madness by my very close friends. And yes they are not some beare topi looking Muslims but they look very much moderate by appearance. But now I believe they are some potential Talibans. Their views are very orthodox and much fanatical.

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  • Abdullah
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:59PM

    boycott USA, France, denmark & Fermany products

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:03PM

    Guilty for non association. Ripley’s As usual believe it or not always first in Pakistan.

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  • SM
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:03PM

    Black laws enacted by Zia-ul-Haq continue to destroy the very fabric of our society. Black laws should be removed from our statute books. Our Holy Quran and Holy Prophet PBUH do not need them. Their respect and esteem is much above the comprehension of Mullahs and their sons like Zia-ul-Haq. Allama Iqbal rightly said : DIN-I-MULLAH FASAAD FI SABILILLAH.

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:06PM

    Won’t this all ever stop!!!! If extremist are a minority and moderates are majority in the country, as claimed by the regular Pakistanis , where are these moderates??? where are those people who supposedly are for justice and equality???
    If the species of any living being is not spotted adequately (in numerical representation) it is considered as endangered species , and seems that the moderate and progressive species of human beings are really an endangered species in Pakistan, and being in majority is a far cry!!!

    It is very unfortunate that after attacking minorities now they are at the throat of their own brethren , if he refuses to follow their ideology…

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  • RP
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:07PM

    WOW.. just run people leave take your kids families loved ones and never ever look back.

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  • shaiesh karanjkar
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Religeon of peace.. , Where is peace in any country where this religion is in mejority ? You are always fighting with somebody and blame other for your pathetic condition and pathetic thinking, logic. Now somebody will come out Quranic verses thatt this is allowed and that is not allowed. Really shame, We are human first then we have our cast.

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  • Baba Ji
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:10PM

    Hahahahahahahaha …. oops !!!!

    I hope I am not declared an infidel !!!!

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  • Jpy
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:13PM

    @IceSoul: Why next few years??? It is already crumbled. Only mullas fatwas will be honoured not even supreme court orders. Height of absurdity. Nobody can save pakistan now.Recommend

  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:19PM

    lol

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  • Sachal
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Extremist can be generated where the Raw material will be available, Pakistan is a country where this raw material in cheap rate has been made available by by Govt. of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Peer Bulleh Shah
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:21PM

    Anybody who does not stand up for the Prophet is not a Muslim.

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  • roger
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:21PM

    yes …correct the business man should be hanged……very right.

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  • Tahir
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:25PM

    This was bound to happen. When you support fanaticism and breed hate, then things like this are inevitable.
    Recently I have come across reading a couple of articles where some old “senior journalists” have supported such protests. They have brutally shunned all those people, who have asked to stay calm, use common sense and discouraged the idea of getting hateful, by calling them LIBRAL FASCISTS. By the way, to this day I don’t even understand this terminology. But who cares if the terminology makes sense or not, they are keen to use it. But hey, never mind, logic and sane voices are always shunned here.
    The environment, no doubt, is really suffocating. More shows like this will keep on happening for days to come.Recommend

  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:27PM

    The world has figured out the cheapest way to immobilize Pakistan and other muslim countries. The bonus is, self-destructiveness.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:28PM

    Fate of Pakistan is now visible .

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:28PM

    The graph of intolerance in Pakistan is going higher each passing day. Mobs led by fanatics are holding law enforcing machinery to ransom who are too afraid to counter them or take action against the sectarian killers. All Minority communities have now become the open targets of these fanatics and even members of Sunni sect not towing their line are even not spared and accused of blasphemy by framing false charges against them. The country is on the brink and state of lawlessness and anarchy is going to engulf Pakistan soon.

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  • Raj - USA
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:29PM

    @1984:
    Excellent comment. The best I have read so far.

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  • suraj
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:39PM

    Wake Up Pakistan… Don’t let the things go out of hand..

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  • Sep 19, 2012 - 9:43PM

    good work pakistani muallas. you make our job easier.

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  • RK
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:50PM

    Slow news day eh ET. “Some random Ashraf/Aslam (apologies for the choice of cliche) said something and some other Aslam/Ashraf said it was blasphemy”. Everybody is concerned, inside sources disclosed that this was very serious, and anonymous informants have said it was hilarious.
    Stop putting useless news stories just to hype up the already tense atmosphere!

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  • Atheist
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:59PM

    good thing that I left pakistan when I could

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  • gp65
    Sep 19, 2012 - 10:16PM

    @Vishnu Datta, @Mj, ACautious made some very thoughtful points. Though I do not live in Pakistan and am not subject to these crazy mobs, I just feel sick to my stomach thinking of this poor businessman

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  • Umer
    Sep 19, 2012 - 10:25PM

    @Abdullah:

    boycott USA, France, denmark & Fermany products

    That would mean having to stop using F16s, P3Cs and Augusta submarines among others.

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  • Uza Syed
    Sep 19, 2012 - 10:49PM

    @Mirza: Yes, sir, I’m afraid some of us would think so ——- and fault is ours, we kept quiet for too long hoping that this malady would heal by itself somehow. Now, this wound has festered too long, turning malignant and needs radical surgery or ultimate destruction of the whole body.

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 19, 2012 - 10:54PM

    @Baba Ji:
    Don’t be too confident. Firstly your name is too common in India which either means an old man or a name given to Indian God-men. Either you change your Hindu name or get ready to be declared as infidel and face blasphemy charges !!!

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  • DarKnight
    Sep 19, 2012 - 10:57PM

    The word BLASHPHEMY has lost its meaning the way it is used in Pakistan

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  • Schabboo Khan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:02PM

    @Vishnu Dutta:
    So there is still hope :)

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  • A Muslim
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:05PM

    A French magazine has today published cartoons depicting our Holy Prophet (PBUH).

    We must unite and raise a common voice against such heinous acts.

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  • Zalmai
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:10PM

    Pakistan was supposed to be a UTOPIA but now it has morphed into a DYSTOPIA. Congratulations!

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  • Thoughtful
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:14PM

    How very very apropos. Congressmen please take note.

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  • Logic Europe
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:21PM

    Hardly anyone new about this video, but by courtesy of Muslims now everybody is aware and so called good and kind muslims are trawling Internet to see the trailers
    A TRUE ASHIQ I RASOOL WILL NEVER WATCH THIS FILM OR ITS TRAILERS
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  • Beelzebub
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:33PM

    Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad opposed the partition and this is why: “We must remember that an entity conceived in hatred will last only as long as that hatred lasts.”

    Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad also predicted the following:

    I feel that right from its inception, Pakistan will face some very serious problems:

    The incompetent political leadership will pave the way for military dictatorship as it has happened in many Muslim countries.

    The heavy burden of foreign debt.

    Absence of friendly relationship with neighbours and the possibility of armed conflict.

    Internal unrest and regional conflicts.

    The loot of national wealth by the neo-rich and industrialists of Pakistan.

    The apprehension of class war as a result of exploitation by the neo-rich.

    The dissatisfaction and alienation of the youth from religion and the collapse of the theory of Pakistan.

    The conspiracies of the international powers to control Pakistan.

    In this situation, the stability of Pakistan will be under strain and the Muslim countries will be in no position to provide any worthwhile help. The assistance from other sources will not come without strings and it will force both ideological and territorial compromises.

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  • 7th century
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:33PM

    When TV invites these characters and gives them respect while agreeing with them that there is not even an argument about killing the person who in their opinion has committed blasphemy (like Mohammad Malik said in his show today ) , then what do you expect from the mob ? I do not live in Pakistan but I get suffocated to even read about what is going on there , I do not know how any one with a half way decent mind live there ..?

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  • Shoaib
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:44PM

    How does burning shops in our own country… causing riots .. and killing and torturing people stop people in US from insulting our religion and Prophet (pbuh)? I agree with the guy who probably tried to stop the mob from destroying our own country…..

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  • nangamujahid
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:55PM

    all those who have a problem with this new are blasphemers too.

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:56PM

    How come nobody has issued a fatwa on ET?

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  • surelySure!
    Sep 20, 2012 - 12:15AM

    wow! Same recent story only characters changed.
    All Pakistan Ulma Council will review the scenario and will come up with very good as did before.Recommend

  • Learner
    Sep 20, 2012 - 12:36AM

    Firstly, I dont even get the level of mentality of Pakistani people, they must be ashamed to call themselves Muslim. Secondly, as a Muslim we need to chose the right track in order to ensure that such acts never ever happen again.Paki Mullas are totally diverting their people away into long-lasting darkness.The point here is, every individual must take the responsibility to struggle to pull the thoughts of Muslims in correct direction the direction which Islam truly guarantees to take us into,i.e. the struggle to unite all Muslims under the banner of Islam…

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  • Shahid
    Sep 20, 2012 - 12:52AM

    Game Over.

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  • Khan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 1:16AM

    Prophet must be crying to see what’s happening in the name of the person who was a symbol of patience and people got impressed with his character….Now people are killing each other saying that they are serving God and Prophet.

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  • St2ta
    Sep 20, 2012 - 1:35AM

    In my world blasphemy law is a hate crime against someone’s beliefs and should be considered as such rather than as a law . This is incredible that Muslims are like this even when they have the gifts of western civilization like computer and cell phones to expand their minds ! Of they are this violent even when they can be vaporized by one nuclear submarine of the US just imagine how violent they must have been when they were winning wars ?

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  • Peer Bulleh Shah
    Sep 20, 2012 - 2:07AM

    The attitude of liberals here is shocking and disgusting. If most Pakistanis had to choose between Islam and standing up for the honor of the Prophet and Pakistan without that, most of us will choose to be loyal to the Prophet and Holy Quran.Recommend

  • Peer Bulleh Shah
    Sep 20, 2012 - 2:15AM

    The behavior of the people here is shocking and disgusting. Most Pakistanis would choose to support the Holy Prophet and the Quran over ‘Pakistan’ without them. ETribune totally misrepresents Pakistani people and Muslims worldwide.Recommend

  • Shamy
    Sep 20, 2012 - 2:16AM

    Lucky are those who are not Pakistanis.Recommend

  • adnan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 2:20AM

    @Khurram Malik: You Sir, are no different then the mob. I hope you realize, it was a really stupid thing to say.

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  • nomi
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:19AM

    @ Peer Bulleh Shah

    Do you even know what you are saying?

    If anyone is destroying his own land in the name of protest, should we join them?

    What have the common people done to be killed by the protests?

    Is destroying property the only way to protest? Whoever destroys most will be judged a true muslim? Is this what you want?

    Now Anti Islamism will spread even more. People will make more fun of Islam.

    Good bye sanity.

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  • Kafir
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:27AM

    @ mr. righty rightist – because those folks who issue fatwa are not aware of ET’s existence.

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  • sabi
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:51AM

    Next stage is anarchy and then great war against sectarianism and afterwards Jinah’s Pakistan with full glory.

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  • rk
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:52AM

    @RK:
    come out of your hideout…this news is everywhere and pakis getting roundly rediculed for this….

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  • D2EwithPakistan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:56AM

    these anchors and so called “Ulema” are so concrete, they talk in such absolute terms like have to have a law so this will NEVER happen again. There is a law that mobs are not supposed to kill people but mobs kill all the time, has the law stopped that? I am so disgusted with all the leaders of pakistan (A to Z) and the mainstream media (A to Z). There focus is what they can do to have west impose the laws that they would have imposed on them if they were the superpower, thing to do is to look inwards and wonder how come the mobs are not behind the bar and the so called leaders and ulema not in a mental institution instead of being dominating the mainstream media.

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  • Hari Sud
    Sep 20, 2012 - 4:34AM

    Begining of the end of Pakistan as an Islamic state.

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  • Sky Walker
    Sep 20, 2012 - 4:58AM

    Congratulations Zia, your dream of Pakistan has come true. India should immediately withdraw the liberal visa pact since this will only allow fanatics along with innocent Pakistanis to get access to India. We do not want fanatics from Pakistan to come and brainwash Indian muslims.

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  • upkar gill
    Sep 20, 2012 - 5:36AM

    pakistan needs to be in ripleys believe it or not (pakistan is a country)

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  • abdul hadi khan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 5:39AM

    there is no mullah in ruling class i mean in govt. so why u blaming them .when govt fail in imposing law then people take law in their hands . don`t blame people blame secular govt. who is trying to make country secular and people want the religious .

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  • KSU
    Sep 20, 2012 - 5:40AM

    @Khurram Malik:
    Your comments are completeley irrelevant and divisive…….what is happening in Karachi? Where are Hindus fleeing from? There is a lack of tolerance across the country it has to do with a mind set not ethnicity.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 20, 2012 - 6:04AM

    Di Vinci Code movie depicting Jesus Christ being married to Mary M and having children offended many catholic. Lot of people went to movie theater paid money and had an opinion whether the Director was right or wrong or whether it made sense or not. Not a single bus was damaged or property was destroyed no body got killed. It was a health debate. PAKISTAN IS NOTHING BUT A DRAMA QUEEN.

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  • Asad
    Sep 20, 2012 - 6:08AM

    The accusers should now be tried tried and put to death.

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  • pmbm
    Sep 20, 2012 - 6:43AM

    No Islamic leadership.Heads of state of 57 Muslim countries should unanimously and collectively lodge a strong protest to any country that allows disrespect to religion of 1.4 billion people as soon as an issue surfaces like the cartoons or this film now. Then people will support them and not take to streets.

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  • Sad Sad Sad
    Sep 20, 2012 - 6:56AM

    I have to say I feel so sad to see how undeveloped these protesters, tv personalities and majority of muslim politicians/”ulema” are. They literally are living in dark ages behind their eyeballs, while they play with computers, cell phones and guns.

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  • S2TA
    Sep 20, 2012 - 7:43AM

    @1984:
    with support from the pakistani media that is full of ignorant anchors who spread hate speech and invite hateful “ulema”

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  • alicia
    Sep 20, 2012 - 7:59AM

    @peer Bulleh Shah
    Stop being so ridiculous.
    Maybe the man was sick or elderly. Maybe he didn’t want to be involved in the protest because not everyone likes to be fired upon by the police while they are burning innocent peoples buses and cars. If the protesters were peaceful more people would have come with them. But no one who has a family wants to be a part of such violent protests.

    Also why are you dragging Pakistan into this?
    How is burning your own properties, killing your own people, doing hartal which harms your own economy, getting your own students out of universities beneficial to Islam? How would all these actions stop film-makers from making films?

    And all those people saying that anyone who refuses to take part in such protests is non-muslim. Really? So because I do not want to burn buses, attack buildings means I am a non-muslim?

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  • Prius
    Sep 20, 2012 - 8:12AM

    Oil of the middle east/Asia does not belong to the US and nor do they have any right to use it.

    The US intereference in the region needs to stop and they should prop up their dollar with their own resources . In other words, middle east oil should stop flowing to the US since this is stealing.

    What you all fail to understand is that the anger is not really about the film, but US interference in the region which has been going on long long before 9/11.
    This US interference for oil which comes in the forms of various wars and support for tyrants is what these “extremists” are saying must end.
    Anger against the film and now cartoon was just the unifying principle to express this more direct demand.
    It is therefore a disservice to mischaracterize this anger and display a willing ignorance .

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  • Saif Khan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 10:13AM

    Express Tribune is a place where Desi Liberals and Desi Islamist always fights just like if you go to chat-rooms in Yahoo in room #20 where Shia & Sunni always fights.

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  • daal main bahut kuch kala hai
    Sep 20, 2012 - 10:18AM

    test

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  • Beware!
    Sep 20, 2012 - 11:50AM

    The Tribune has a tradition of igniting sensationalism in the country by publishing provocative news. Their headlines are full of sectarianist, extremism oriented news that badly reflect upon the country and its people. They also project US anti pakistan propaganda in their headlines painting US as Godfather for Pakistan and Pakistan a slave. Tribune is doing a great job in confusing and dividing people of Pakistan and Islam. Well done :)

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  • Fahim
    Sep 20, 2012 - 12:52PM

    if he is innocent, he never gave any blasphemous remarks then he will be released by the courts.

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  • Sep 20, 2012 - 2:42PM

    We can all thank Zia ul Haq for this.

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  • An Indian
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:28PM

    @Beware!: are you telling this is not happening in Pakistan.. isn’t the Pakistan society becoming more and more intolerant.. shias, hindus, ahmedis now bohras are being targeted. Instead of telling the truth u want to keep feeding lies (just like your distorted history). Ignorance is bliss.

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  • An Indian
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:29PM

    @abdul hadi khan: what law are you talking about? Under which law this guy committed a crime.. this poor guy just wanted to feed his family and save his property from vandalism. You are making no sense. First think and then write.

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  • Pakistani Atheist
    Sep 20, 2012 - 8:22PM

    if this is what pakistani muslims have become, then I am better off as an Atheist…

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  • webwiz
    Sep 21, 2012 - 6:16AM

    @Peer Bulleh Shah:
    there are many muslims in pakistan, but very very few who understand islam. I dont think you understand it too.

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  • HADI SAKEY
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Newton once said I can calculate the movements of stars, moon and sun but I can not calculate the madness of a Mob. Mob mentality can only be controlled by a leader who has clarity of vision, courage, credibility and commitment. There is no compulsion in Islam. If anybody is not joining the agitation it can not be termed blasphemy under any circumstances. This is the height of misuse of the law.

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  • Salim
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:15AM

    It is sad but this country is not a nation but an uncotrolled Hajoom (Mob).

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  • Chaloo ji
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:23AM

    @Jpy:
    Oh really….. Keep dreaming…..

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  • Chaloo ji
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:25AM

    @Pakistani Atheist:
    Ok. Go ahead. We dont care.

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  • Chaloo ji
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:04AM

    @Cautious:
    And who are you representing the “world”…. Lol

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  • A. Khan
    Sep 21, 2012 - 5:42PM

    @Khurram Malik:

    Excellent… always find someone else to blame.

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  • Ashamed
    Sep 21, 2012 - 7:39PM

    Pakistan is controlled by uncontrollable Beasts! And for the Police, they should be charged for making false cases !Recommend

  • papoo piplia
    Sep 22, 2012 - 7:20AM

    Fake news.

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  • YZ
    Sep 22, 2012 - 5:59PM

    I am a Pakistani. I feel ashamed. This country is not as bad as these illiterate maulvies make it look. I am an agnostic and i really have to say this is not what islam teaches us. I have been born in a muslim family. These people who came out on the roads and caused so much destruction, even killed, did not give a damn about Islam or the prophet. They robbed and looted and killed senselessly. I am so ashamed.

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  • Dav
    Sep 23, 2012 - 5:06PM

    Please don’t mind but Non-muslims are really suffering from severe religious apnea (lack of Oxygen supply) .. causes are chronic
    I thought I’ll be the last one to migrate from my beloved country but now its time…

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Oct 18, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Mobs rule in Pakistan, the country is notorious for being called a lawless country. One could understand why it is so, the ruling classes think they are above the law, just look around you. When the sitting government refuse to oblige the decisions of the highest court of the country then what do you expect from the common people. We are on the slippery slope towards anarchy.Recommend

  • Raja Islam
    Oct 18, 2012 - 8:53PM

    @Peer Bulleh Shah:
    Sure. Standing up means destroying property and killing people? This is your brand of Islam.

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  • Raja Islam
    Oct 18, 2012 - 8:56PM

    @DarKnight:
    The word blasphemy is simply a tool for fanatics to get the public to follow them. It is a word that is being use as threat and intimidation. What is blasphemy? Disagreeing with someones point of view? Hard to define and it may be different for different people and different religions.

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  • Raja Islam
    Oct 18, 2012 - 8:58PM

    @Peer Bulleh Shah:
    What does this mean? Do you really know what you are saying?

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  • Cynical
    Oct 19, 2012 - 1:02AM

    @Peer Bulleh Shah

    ‘Anybody who does not stand up for the Prophet is not a Muslim.’

    So you think Prophet can’t stand up for himself and need your help to be protected?

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