Blasphemy petition against Sherry Rehman accepted

Published: January 18, 2013

The petitioner accuses the ambassador of blaspheming on a programme two years ago. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

The blasphemy issue is still haunting Pakistan’s ambassador to United States Sherry Rehman.

On Thursday, a two-judge apex court bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali approved a petition, requesting a case to be registered against Rehman under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), over allegedly committing blasphemy.

The petitioner, Faheem Akhtar Gull, submitted a constitutional petition accusing Rehman of committing blasphemy on Dunya TV’s program “Dunya Meray Aagay” two years ago, and sought the court’s ruling to register a case against her.

The petitioner also alleged that the Multan police refused to lodge a case against Sherry Rehman. After hearing the petition, the bench in a careful manner, directed Multan’s police chief to deal with this matter as per the law.

Gull said that his request was turned down by a lower court and the Lahore High Court Multan bench in which he requested for lodging a First Information Report (FIR) against Rehman.

He also attached decrees of different religious scholars on blasphemy to his petition, but could not identify the specific part from the TV talk show’s transcript where Rehman was wrong.

Gull has been pursuing this case against Sherry Rehman since 2011.

Before her appointment as ambassador, Rehman was one of those parliamentarians who wanted fresh legislation on this issue to stop the misuse of the blasphemy act in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2013.

Reader Comments (53)

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jan 18, 2013 - 8:43AM

    Words cant describe the insanity and spinelessness that our nation and its flag bearers of justice show when dealing with cases like blasphemy.

    Creating an environment of fear and inability for the populace to even discuss these laws render the whole nation without the ability to discuss and amend this law.

    That the petition was even admitted tells volume on how the mainstream population has capitulated on the behest of clergy and its violent followers.

    This will spark a new round of global news and discussions on the sad state pf affairs of this unfortunate country. Those living within it rarely realise how much of a global-headache this nation has become.

    We keep lowering ourselves to new lows..

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  • Polpot
    Jan 18, 2013 - 8:43AM

    Another Ambassador to the US bites dust
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    She cannot return to Pakistan anymore.

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  • Hassaan
    Jan 18, 2013 - 8:48AM

    RIP Pakistan.

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  • Jan 18, 2013 - 8:53AM

    Pakistanis are fast becoming a laughing stock in the Muslim world with the horrible way they are using Islam to fight political battles – maybe its time to charge those who shout blasphemy the loudest – with blasphemy!

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  • Noman
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:02AM

    And what exactly did she say?

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  • Ammad
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:02AM

    I thought Moulvis were only outside the courts

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  • Hamid Ahmed
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:03AM

    “He also attached decrees of different religious scholars on blasphemy to his petition, but could not identify the specific part from the TV talk show’s transcript where Rehman was wrong.”

    What a joke!

    How those “different scholars” issued decree ? and why SC ordered this?

    Justice Jamali you disappointed me.

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  • Jan 18, 2013 - 9:05AM

    What madness is this? Have we lost all our sanity?

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  • Moz
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:25AM

    Is supreme court serious??

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  • Nitin Gandhi
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:29AM

    Use of Islam to justify every wrong doing ….

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  • Mirza
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:39AM

    The independent high judiciary of Pakistan loves democracy and justice! While no murderer or terrorist is ever caught and those caught by poor police are let go without exception by the judiciary. However, it is prompt to take pre-mature actions against elected officials. They would jump at every frivolous case as if they have no cases pending for decades.

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:50AM

    @Mohammed Abbasi:

    “Pakistanis are fast becoming a laughing stock in the Muslim world with the horrible way they are using Islam to fight political battles”

    That’s a very very interesting point. Because Pakistan is a laughing stock in the rest of the world for almost a decade now.

    However, when you mention muslim world, you have to know that muslim world is not monolithic. I am sure that the experiments with Islam in Pakistan is appreciated by some muslim countries at least.

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  • Raja Rehman
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:51AM

    This is another attack from the Establishment on democracy immediately after TUQ.

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  • Positive Pakistani
    Jan 18, 2013 - 10:05AM

    This is pathetic …. and horrible!!

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  • Randeep Sherpao
    Jan 18, 2013 - 10:10AM

    oh am loving it

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 18, 2013 - 10:48AM

    If I remember right Sherry Rehman had apologised and deserves to be forgiven.

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  • Umer
    Jan 18, 2013 - 11:00AM

    Ambassador will have to get asylum from her own country.

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  • Ramski
    Jan 18, 2013 - 11:07AM

    Lools like Pakistani courts are running out of serious cases. CJ, Please give them paid leave to travel overseas.

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  • stuti
    Jan 18, 2013 - 11:11AM

    @Mohammed Abbasi:
    Laughing stock not in the Islamic world alone, but the entire world.

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  • John B
    Jan 18, 2013 - 11:18AM

    Never ending drama.

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Jan 18, 2013 - 11:35AM

    @Aijaz Haider:
    “If I remember right Sherry Rehman had apologised and deserves to be forgiven.”

    Who the heck are you or someone else to forgive anyone unless they have done something to you personally?

    If she has done any damage to Islam, it’s Allah’s job to forgive her or punish her. Who the heck are you?

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  • mateen
    Jan 18, 2013 - 11:36AM

    @ Mirza, rightly said sir. Higher judiciary is quite vigilant and never dare to cross red lines set by dreaded terrorists. Some how higher judiciary has to show its might and independence by addressing the complaints of peace loving innocent citizens. Core of the problem is, most of our innocent peace loving citizens have least rather no reservations/complaints against Talibans and other terrorist outfits, they believe root cause of their agony is politicians, so teach them lesson so no one ever dare to become a politician, if arm-brandishing bearded stuff crops up, then O.K., because they know they will at least get rid of tedious judicial process and thereby fiercely independent judges.

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  • gp65 .
    Jan 18, 2013 - 1:24PM

    For people who are always accusing India of creating bad PR for Pakistan in US, how do you think this is going to play out when they find out that even Pakistani ambassador to US cannot escape fake blasphemy case?

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  • Masood Khan
    Jan 18, 2013 - 1:27PM

    As someone commented on twitter that though CJP has been reinstated, however, he still needs to reinstate his sanity. These remarks tells all about our Superior Courts and their cheap methods to create a constituency.

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  • Salman
    Jan 18, 2013 - 1:34PM

    PPP should change their name

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Jan 18, 2013 - 2:24PM

    Sherry Rehman will seek political asylum in the US.

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 18, 2013 - 3:03PM

    @Yoghurt lover: Sorry. Like Rehman Malik I often do loose talk.

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  • AmericanMuse
    Jan 18, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Pakistan has many problems, but its greatest burden in the ossified nature of its predominant religion.

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  • m omar
    Jan 18, 2013 - 3:06PM

    This proves it…can’t say about much about Bhutto but Zia-ul-Haq is still alive..!!!

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  • Khalee Pelee
    Jan 18, 2013 - 3:14PM

    This is retarded even by Pakistani standard. Out of control itself is going out of control!

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  • Ahmed
    Jan 18, 2013 - 3:38PM

    Not a Fan of Sherry Rehman, but she doesn’t deserve this. How does the Supreme Court not see there are bigger issues than this non-issue facing us today. Someone seriously needs to get this law sorted out, it makes no sense at all.

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  • Raja
    Jan 18, 2013 - 4:34PM

    How come mostly women are targeted with this law? Sherry Rehman is the third consecutive woman booked under blasphemy law. Interestingly not a single Pakistani politician has spoken in her favor. Feel sorry for Ms Rehman.

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  • Bloom
    Jan 18, 2013 - 6:13PM

    Supreme court should at least try to have a look at the video of Dunya TV before jumping with joy to ask police to register case

    This is simply pathatic, Molvi Mushtaq is still alive around us

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  • Jibran
    Jan 18, 2013 - 7:23PM

    @Bloom:
    This is simply pathatic, Molvi Mushtaq is still alive around us

    Molvi Mushtaq was the old standard. The new bottom is Molvi Iftikhar.

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  • BILL
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:23PM

    Reading the replies gives me hope for you guys.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:35PM

    Wasn’t this Qadri guy responsible for framing the blasphemy laws ?

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  • Jawad U Rehman
    Jan 19, 2013 - 12:17AM

    This Supreme Court is leading a radicalized country into further abyss. They are stifling any debate or dialog against the populist ultra conservative mindset that is slowly eating away the nation. This is the same court which found nothing wrong in the actions of the Lal Masjid Maulana brothers’ actions, and put the burden on the state to prove what the brothers and their followers was doing was illegal !

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  • Mubarak Khan
    Jan 19, 2013 - 12:38AM

    This is worse than the Spanish inquisition – and the jokers who spew blasphemy charges against other people reminds of this – I’d laugh but truly I cry for how we have degenerated into marauding tribes – Recommend

  • gp65.
    Jan 19, 2013 - 12:41AM

    @Aijaz Haider: “Sorry. Like Rehman Malik I often do loose talk”.

    Ability to laugh at oneself is a gift. Salute.

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  • gp65.
    Jan 19, 2013 - 12:47AM

    @Arijit Sharma: “Wasn’t this Qadri guy responsible for framing the blasphemy laws ?”

    TUQ’s views on the blasphemy law depend on the audience : TUQ claims credit for framing the law in a Pakistani audience. to Western mdeia he claims he had nothing to do with framing it. When trying to obtain asylum in Canada he claims that his life was in threat due to the blasphemy issue because he met the Danish cartoonist.

    The one Qadri whose stance on blasphemy is beyond question is the one who shot dead Taseer.

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  • Observer
    Jan 19, 2013 - 1:15AM

    @Haris Chaudhry:

    “Words cant describe the insanity and spinelessness that our nation and its flag bearers of justice show when dealing with cases like blasphemy”

    Why blame the “flag bearers of Justice” for the blasphemy “problem”? What is in the blasphemy laws of Pakistan that is not preached in the Quran and the Hadiths?

    Once Pakistan decided to make its constitution conform to Islamic teachings, there is no way out of not instituting the blasphemy and other Islamic laws. You can’t eat the Islamic cake and complain afterwards you don’t like it.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 19, 2013 - 1:37AM

    This is called a Govt. of checks and balances. The judiciary and the police can only use the law books they have and not what the sincere bloggers wish. Pakistan poltical elites have failed to decolonise the country which since independence has been relying on colonial laws.

    Rex Minor

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  • Imran Khan
    Jan 19, 2013 - 7:04AM

    How stupid
    Retard
    Quran teaches tolerance and in the Allah wants Muslims to live in Peace with the people of the book.
    Do not make a mockery of the laws
    Pray to Allah and learn to forgive

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  • Eric
    Jan 19, 2013 - 12:33PM

    This is entertaining, and I am going to ask my elected representatives in the US house and Senate to consider withholding any aid to Pakistan. Pakistan does not need it if it supports its official representatives in this way.

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  • Asma
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:53AM

    @Raja:
    They say little knowledge is dangerous. Anyways, don’t you remember the case of a school principal? Or you just don’t know about it?

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  • Ilyad
    Jan 20, 2013 - 4:11AM

    Excellency – you should feel proud, you have been elevated to be among people like Quaide Azam, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan et all. Congratulations.

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  • Jan 20, 2013 - 8:52PM

    People don’t even know what blasphemy is and they put innocent peoples’ lives at risk. Insanity prevails in this society! Shame on Mr. Gull and the court!

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  • Tas
    Feb 5, 2013 - 2:17AM

    It is totally pathetic to watch that in this 21st century where the rest of the world is advancing in the various fields of science and technology, in Pakistan the discussion and precious time is centred on the blasphemy law. The only fortunate thing is that most of the people in this country find all this ridiculous. Will we ever be able to get out of the Middle Ages? It is outrageous to see that the Spreme Court is waisting its time and making Pakistan a laughing stock to the whole world. What are the motivations behind?

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  • Haleema
    Feb 5, 2013 - 2:36PM

    @Tas: The motivations behind this stem from the legislators’ deranged understanding of the law fuelling a mindset which is shaming every sane Pakistani. Collective petitions forcing the government to amend such absurd laws is the solution. Sadly, every Pakistani is just complacent – as long as they’re not an oppressed religious minority or outspoken secular liberals, how critical is the blasphemy to their existence?

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  • Adnan
    Feb 5, 2013 - 3:14PM

    @ Raja Rehman – this has nothing to do with an ‘attack on democracy’. Not that the democracy experiment has done any good for the masses, but why does any action remotely impacting a People’s Party member suddenly become an ‘attack on democracy’?!!

    @Yogurtlover. you’re right. all other muslim countries are learning exactly what NOT to do from Pakistan!

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  • Tas
    Feb 5, 2013 - 10:36PM

    @Haleema:
    You are totally right but would the petitions be really useful to force the government to take any courageous stand? When the lawyers through petal flowers on the murderer of Salman Taseer and there is hardly anyone who dares to even say anything against this murderer is there a hope in left. Yet, I do agree that something has to be done.

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  • Tas
    Feb 5, 2013 - 10:42PM

    @Haleema:
    You are totally right but would the petitions be really useful to force the government to take any courageous stand? When the lawyers shower petals of flowers on the murderer of Salman Taseer and there is hardly anyone who dares to even say anything against this murderer,is there any hope left. Yet, I do agree that something has to be done.

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  • Disgusted
    Feb 25, 2013 - 6:42PM

    Want to know something funny? Blasphemy law itself is UnIslamic and it is a blasphemy itself. Anyone who supports or enforces this law is committing blasphemy.

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