Alleged blasphemy: Mob burns scores of Christian homes in Lahore

Published: March 9, 2013

A protester burns belongings from Christian houses in Lahore on Saturday. PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/ EXPRESS

LAHORE: A highly-charged mob of thousands burnt more than 40 Christian houses in Badami Bagh area of Lahore on Saturday to “take revenge of the blasphemy” allegedly committed by a Christian two days earlier.

Express News had earlier reported that around 100 houses were burnt by the mob.

Eyewitnesses said that the mob broke into the houses, looted them and burnt the remaining belongings on the roads.

SSP Operations Suhail Sukhera and the SHO of Badami Bagh were also reportedly injured when the mob pelted a police party with stones.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Express News that he saw no reason for the mob’s violence especially after the person accused of blasphemy had been arrested on Friday. He added that cases have been registered against those responsible for Saturday’s vandalism and that they will be prosecuted.

Sanaullah added that all those whose property had been damaged will be compensated within five days.

Shahi Imran, who had filed the blasphemy FIR, told The Express Tribune that he was not responsible for the incident and he had left the area when the mob arrived to burn the houses. He maintained that the accused should be taught a lesson but the other Christian families should not be harmed.

SSP Sukhera, when contacted, denied that the houses were set on fire and said that the police personnel was present in the area.

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif also took notice of the incident and set up a five member committee to investigate the matter. He also announced Rs0.2 million as compensation for those who lost their household stuff.

President Asif Ali Zardari took notice of the incident and sought a report from authorities, reported Radio Pakistan.

On Friday, a mob of almost 3,000 people forced the Christian community to flee for their lives, leaving behind their houses and possessions unprotected.

The charged group had gathered around Joseph Colony on Noor Road, led by Shafiq Ahmed, who was in search of the accused Savan, alias Bubby. The mob then attacked Savan’s house, setting it on fire and pelting it with stones. Other houses in the locality – home to about 150 Christian families – were also attacked.  Many residents, including women and children, hastily fled to save themselves.

Savan was arrested and shifted to an undisclosed location.

Reader Comments (109)

  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 2:41PM

    MOB or ASWJ workers….????

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  • Parvez
    Mar 9, 2013 - 2:50PM

    …….and Nawaz’s PML-N still wants to talk with these criminals ?

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  • Mehboob
    Mar 9, 2013 - 2:51PM

    Is Shafiq Ahmed arrested???? If not, then he should be arrested, then first he should be asked for substantial proofs for his claims. That proofs will define the fate of Savan. But, in anycase Shafiq Ahmed should be trailed for vandalizing and damaging properties of other citizens.

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  • Fatimah Khan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 2:52PM

    These sick people will never understand the word “humanity”.

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  • Human2
    Mar 9, 2013 - 2:53PM

    So sad, shame on Pakistan.

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  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Mar 9, 2013 - 2:55PM

    Not every one is responsible for the act of few! Charge Savan with blasphemy if there are strong evidence against him and charge rest of the people who burnt and destroyed homes for terrorism! But as we have seen earlier nothing will happen and fanatics will roam around openly again!

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  • tj
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:00PM

    what is wrong with these freaks!live and let live

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  • MohammadAli Ghanghro
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:02PM

    Ayesha Bhaalay, before telling us check your own back yard. Shall I state how many people were killed by Indian Army and security forces in Kashmir and all over India.

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  • antony
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:06PM

    I hope EU and US aid agencies look at this inhuman country and put sanctions..No GSP concessions..No US aid..No flood relief for june 2013 flood.

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  • Ahsan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:06PM

    Looks like Pakistan is not the place for minorities to live. Not anymore. The people have become so extremist and the state is losing control. Lahore is like the hub of the country. Shame on the govt. and the religious leaders involved!

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  • Lord J
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:06PM

    These lunatics are doing exactly the same what their forefathers have been doing for centuries, burn down houses of anyone who doesn’t agree with you.
    These are the very same people who stand behind TTP, LeJ and other extremists groups and bombing and burning down the Masajids, Imambargahs, of Shias, Ahmadis, and Churches and Mandirs all over the country.
    They have nothing to do with the religion but unfortunately that is what has become the image of Islam these days. They should be tried and sentenced but unfortunately that is impossible in Pakistan and for that matter, in almost any Muslim country.
    I am ashamed of being a Pakistani in collective sense along with these people.

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  • asad
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:07PM

    All non-Muslims should flee this country now

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  • Sassan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:09PM

    Absolute savages and animals.

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  • hammad
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:13PM

    the chaos in Pakistan has proven time and time again that this is what exactly happens when nations are divided on the basis of religion ! Without liberalism and secularism , there is NO going forward. Period.

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  • Truth detector
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:13PM

    @Ayesha Bhaalay I agree with you 100%. However, you should tell this to Hindu mobs in India too who behave the same way against minorities.

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  • Mj
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:14PM

    Doesn’t seem like an act suitable for the followers of religion of peace.

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  • sanjay pawar
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:15PM

    Are this people headed by shafique recorded ?
    If yes then the What does human rights commission do there.?
    Hope all the affected are gaurded n guided to safe place & ensured safety.

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  • asad
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:16PM

    All sane people should now leave this country. I pray to the Almighty to either guide this nation or give it a exemplary punishment along the lines of Aad and Samood

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  • Shock Horror
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:16PM

    Real face of the so called pure people in the Land of the Pure! Shame on the mob associated with the act.

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  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:22PM

    Without any proof, how these culprits attacked their houses
    No body can stop them
    where is ARMY, only ARMY can save these people
    why not police stop people attack on these people houses
    if this type of attack on CM House, will police also not able to save CM?
    It is eonugh,

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  • Khanzada
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:24PM

    Ban the blasphemy law that gives the right to people to persecute minorities in the name of Islam? This shameful “man made” law is a shame for Pakistan! Only Allah has the right to judge the acts of human beings!Recommend

  • Ponga Pundit
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:26PM

    Pakistan is quickly competing with Somalia in living standards. Soon Pakistan will be a bottom line for worst imaginable living conditions.

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  • what
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:26PM

    Shame really..

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  • Tariq1
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:29PM

    BASICALLY OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS FAILED!!!
    First — if an act of “BLASPHEMY” is alleged or committed then the POLICE should immediate act while registering an FIR and follow it with proper investigation etc.
    Actually this should be followed for any criminal offense and people have faith in our legal system to get justice.
    We all know the ground relatives!!
    Now for our liberal minded — if someone commits blasphemy and I am witness to it then as a Muslim it is my duty to act immediately. In our case if Shafiq Ahmed was a witness then he should have gone to the police and if no positive response then apply the jungle law.
    THE LEGAL SYSTEM SHOULD WORK PROPERLY — OTHERWISE THE JUNGLE LAW WILL PREVAIL!

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  • Farhan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:30PM

    Shame on Shahbaz Sharif because he has turned a blind eye to all these extremist activities in Punjab. He must tell us what action he took against SSP when they burned down christian homes in Gojra?

    He has become Narender Modi of gujrat in Pakistan. Shame on him…

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  • RH
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:33PM

    This mob violence happened despite the accused being arrested. Leaving aside the question of whether the Blasphemy law itself has been misused yet again (as we in Pakistan are nowhere near to having a debate on these laws), it is clear that nothing will change unless strong action is taken against the culprits who burned down people’s houses. They should be arrested and punished to the full extent of the law. This will set a clear example to others that such criminal behavior is not tolerated. Alas, this is unlikely to happen.

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  • Waqas
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:34PM

    This is another face of Punjabi Taliban.
    Wake up PML-N

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  • Imran
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:35PM

    I thought there was no extremism in Punjab, after hearing the statements of PML-N leaders. No LeJ, no Punjabi Taliban, no ASWJ. And that law and order is perfect. Would there be a suo motto here as well?

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  • Optimistic
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:36PM

    Metro bus would be more importance for Khadim e Aala?
    Where is Law Minister in Punjab?

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  • Aviator
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:39PM

    If only such mobs could hound out REAL criminals, with the same vigour, such as the TTP and other terrorists who murder indusriminately! Surely acts of terrorism are against the teachings of Islam?

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  • VA
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:41PM

    Where was the police when the families were forced to leave their homes? And again where was the police when the mob torched the homes? Shame on you Lahore Police and shame on you all of Pakistan for letting such things happen.

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  • namard pakistani
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:44PM

    What if christian majority countries start burning down houses of muslims in their countries everytime they feel we do things which is against their values. These people who cimmitted these acts are surely not muslims and worse than people who committed blasphemy.

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  • vasan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:45PM

    Any takers for Jinnah’s vision for Paksitan??? Pathetic. Unless the blasphemy laws are fixed so that the accused be punished for unproven charges,. these kinds of mayhem will continue.
    Look at the other headline “Blast in Peshawar mosque?” IS any one safe in Pakistan, be it sunnis, christians, ahmedis, shias or even animals and birds ??

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  • Muhammad Qadir
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:56PM

    I am feeling quite petty over those christians. That is such an unjust that can’t be swallowed by me. That shows the real face of Pakistani Muslims. I personally feel guilt being Muslim. Those are involved in burning the houses must be brought to justice and must be sued against them in the court of terrorism. My sympathies to the aggrieved christians of Lahore.

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  • Vakas
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:56PM

    Another Face of Punjabi Taliban,

    Wake up PML-N

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  • Ibaad
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:03PM

    @Sami ul haq: what a typical “parha likha jahil” response, so if I create a rumour that you are responsible for a blasphemous act and circulate the same all over town which then results in your house and your neighbouring house to be burnt by a violent mob, you are telling me that you will accept the blame?

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  • tahir
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:07PM

    This is Newtons law. For ever action there is reaction. If you commit Blasphemy you get a reaction.

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  • Agha Shehroon Khan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:10PM

    Sigh !! yet we call our self Muslim
    I am so very ashamed that i am part of this nation and city. my heart is really bleeding and my eyes are tearful…. very dejected today and really questioning my loyalty with “this Pakistan” today -Apologies

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  • adil
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:10PM

    Pakistanio ke Teen Maslay:

    Galat Fehmi
    Khush Fehmi
    Blasphemy!

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  • A-No.1
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:13PM

    Khadim e Aala. Please take notice. Show some spine and go and help the families that have fled for their lives. I doubt he will.

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  • Mj
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:18PM

    @Agha Shehroon Khan:

    “I am so very ashamed that i am part of this nation and city. my heart is really bleeding and my eyes are tearful…. very dejected today and really questioning my loyalty with “this Pakistan” today -Apologies”

    Question the ideology, not the country. You’ll have your answer.

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  • raja
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:31PM

    Christians should think of migrating to safer counties , why are they still in Jurassic park and risk their life.

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  • Worried
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:31PM

    Shameful! Blasphemy laws should be repealed, all they have done is promote more hatred and extremism. Recommend

  • Truth
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:33PM

    This is perfect case of suomoto for our over active judiciary but I don’t think it affords to take action for protection of under privileged minority.

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  • Voice of Pakistan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:38PM

    @Voice of D.I.Khan:
    Shame on your thinking, how you reach to a conclusion, hence no report proved yet

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  • Parvez
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:43PM

    Is this land grabbing in the name of blasphemy, under the umbrella of religion with the quiet consent of the authorities ????………….just a question.

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  • Mar 9, 2013 - 4:52PM

    Very sad to hear this-Recommend

  • Nisar Hussain
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:55PM

    Islam mean peace and such extra judicial and barbarisms not allowed in Islam, every person in Mob is equally liable hence must be punished according with law.

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  • goldigger
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Salman Taseer was right, it is a black law. Too bad he became the victim himself. Let’s kill each other in the name of Muhammad (pbuh), until no one’s left.

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  • Metalheadlhr
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:58PM

    Sad… :(

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  • Adnan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:58PM

    @tahir, Why it happened? One should read your commit carefully, he will find out why it happened.

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  • Adnan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 5:11PM

    @tahir:
    News says 100 houses have been burnt and the mob is still there to burn more. People have the thoughts like yours and it will happen again and again. Does all people living in those houses did some blasphemous act? I can’t even be proven on Savan.

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  • ali
    Mar 9, 2013 - 5:15PM

    @tahir, who called u tahir??????

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  • ali
    Mar 9, 2013 - 5:22PM

    @tahir—–who called u tahir??/?

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  • kaalchakra
    Mar 9, 2013 - 5:22PM

    A sad event. Why do some people say blasphemous things when they know Islam will not acccept that? Better sense must prevail.

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  • Mar 9, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Shame on us!..how many more lives is this man made law going to take?

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 9, 2013 - 5:26PM

    This is the violent expression of the mob and has very little to do with the charge. It would seem that these people have nothing left other than their faith. They would react against anyone whom they see a threat to his last possesion, namely his faith.

    Rex Minor

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  • Raj786
    Mar 9, 2013 - 5:42PM

    @MohammadAli Ghanghro: each n evry time u guys calling kashmir kashmir. Dear in kashmir no budy was killed bcas of religion bt they killed cas they support kashmiri nation.

    The same way u do in baloxhistan. May allah bless ur pakistan

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  • hot head!
    Mar 9, 2013 - 6:01PM

    @tahir:
    Killing scores of people who are not even remotely associated with the “alleged” crime. This is not Newtons Law. This is barbarism. And why did they steal from them? isn’t stealing a crime too. Isn’t harming the property of others a crime too? and i by mistake clicked the recommend. so don’t flatter yourself people don’t endorse your barbaric comment.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Mar 9, 2013 - 6:32PM

    Islam saved again.

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  • Babloo
    Mar 9, 2013 - 6:38PM

    The concept of ‘blasphemy’ is a medieval, regressive, intolerant and dirty.
    That’s why civilized states do not criminalize blasphemy because the act of criminalizing blasphemy is itself a criminal act.

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  • peeves
    Mar 9, 2013 - 6:59PM

    No book is precious than human life

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  • asim
    Mar 9, 2013 - 7:00PM

    Very sad

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  • Mar 9, 2013 - 8:29PM

    I totally condemn the attack on Christian community in Lahore and burning of 100 houses.

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  • Mar 9, 2013 - 8:37PM

    Blasphemy law is totally in violation of basic human rights. Right to blasphemy is a human right. Actually every religion is a blasphemy of other religions, that way. Moreover, what actually was said or done by that christian against whom the FIR was filed. Since an FIR is filed, the newspapers/media should reproduce what is alleged in the FIR – the complaint as a whole – so that people would read and decide for themselves whether there is any iota of blasphemy even or it is a wild charge.

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  • Mubashar Nasir
    Mar 9, 2013 - 8:46PM

    Aslamoalekum
    Islam is peace and practicing Muslims are peaceful. Islam is, LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE”. May Allah Taala save our Mother land Pakistan. Ameen. Mubashar Nasir Recommend

  • zaigham
    Mar 9, 2013 - 9:10PM

    I am hurt.Recommend

  • shahid
    Mar 9, 2013 - 9:39PM

    why was the mob burning houses not shot on the spot ???

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  • Jamshad
    Mar 9, 2013 - 10:21PM

    Where was Punjab govt????? when they were burning homes..
    Govt must be responsible for people safety..

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  • charlie wassell
    Mar 9, 2013 - 10:42PM

    Peace is not something around us – it is something in us.

    Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

    In the Bible it says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

    We pray for the people of Pakistan to find this peace.

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  • hamza khan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 11:24PM

    bring back musharraf!!

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  • Raja Jahanzaib
    Mar 9, 2013 - 11:46PM

    Everytime I have some patriotic feelings my heart.. something happens and I feel greatly ashamed of being a Pakistani.. ALthough I plan to leave this country soon,, I will never argue when Europeans would be insulting Pakistani Ideology..Recommend

  • ali ahmed
    Mar 9, 2013 - 11:48PM

    Gen.ziaul haq still ruling pakistan……for shareef brothers…People Who Live In Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones ( don’t criticize other people when you yourself have faults and weaknesses … )

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  • angus mcfaddery
    Mar 9, 2013 - 11:54PM

    Is your religion so weak that a mere slight on islam leads to homes being burnt down?

    is it not up to the police to enforce the law and not the mob?

    its time your politicians removed this ridiculous law before anyone else is harmed.

    Every time this happens the people in the west hate pakistan and islam more, it plays directly into the hands of your enemies. What a stupid law. What stupid people.

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  • Masood Khan
    Mar 10, 2013 - 12:06AM

    @Optimistic: Punjab law minister will head the investigation committee for which he will be in contact with SSP-LeJ for required guidance.

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  • SAM
    Mar 10, 2013 - 12:06AM

    What a shame……

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  • Mar 10, 2013 - 12:13AM

    @Tariq1:

    In our case if Shafiq Ahmed was a witness then he should have gone to the police and if no positive response then apply the jungle law.

    The fact that you still leave the door open to jungle law as an option highlights the ideological intolerance and societal condoning mindset behind behind this mayhem and many false cases. But then that is also partly due to the flawed man made law that is charged with unquestionable and untouchable religious superstition based on extreme intolerant interpreted ideology that persecutes minorities/rivals with life sentences or death, that makes it difficult to stop false cases and mob violence.

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  • siko
    Mar 10, 2013 - 12:31AM

    First quetta then karachi and now lahore..These are sick animals

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  • m omar
    Mar 10, 2013 - 12:42AM

    “Proud Nation”….Is this how you want to be remembered in history??? Wake up now!!!

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  • sunny
    Mar 10, 2013 - 1:00AM

    I am Muslim but Pakistan doesnot Represent Islam.Please remove name islamic republic.And i do apologise to the victims…………..

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  • swat-team
    Mar 10, 2013 - 1:05AM

    Why is it only Muslim clerics and their followers bring charges of blasphemy against others. I have yet to hear of a case being registered by a Christian against a Muslim for blasphemy yet alone convicted or allowed to rot in a jail while awaiting a court appearance.
    Double standard me thinks!

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 10, 2013 - 1:15AM

    why u all champions of human being dont write any thing when muslims get killed in kashmir iraq or pakistan shame on u peoples and by the no one died in lahore.

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  • RJ-Canada
    Mar 10, 2013 - 2:08AM

    Eventually it was coming to this. There is no hope left – why could no one see what was happening for so many years.
    Even if the blasphemy law overturned tomorrow – these incidents will continue and more innocent blood will be shed as more ignorant people will be made to believe that some innocent and helpless person such as Rimsha Masih or the newest victim Savan, has offended their religious senses and therefore they must be put to the sword.

    Everyone knows that there are vested interests exploiting the ignorant masses and this will continue – there is a lot of money to be made and power to be enjoyed.

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  • quantum
    Mar 10, 2013 - 2:28AM

    Allah and his beloved Prophets don’t need man made law to preserve their honor and dignity. “Hudood” law has no place in Islam. This is being used to persecute minorities.

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  • Usman Sherazi
    Mar 10, 2013 - 4:10AM

    Today, yet I again I feel ashamed of being a Pakistani. As a human being, I stand wholeheartedly with my innocent christian brethern and denounce this brazen act of violence and utmost hatred by fellow countrymen.

    Time for CM Shahbaz Sharif to prove whether he has the guts to protect the innocent, weak minorities and bring these mobsters to justice. The government must compensate all the affected citizens immediately.

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  • Leema Khan
    Mar 10, 2013 - 4:12AM

    The country that most Pakistanis criticize with every awakening breath AMERICA has the most diverse citizen population in the world. There are churches..Mosques…Temples…Shrines and other places of worship. People respect the diversity of different religions and the law of the land demands that ALL religions be treated with respect and **NO religion be declared the religion of the nation.
    In Pakistan we blame and compare how other nations are treating minorities but we deflect how we are treating minorities and forcing Pakistan to become the most dangerous country in Asia.
    Shame to the threatening forces of minorities and even more shame to the citizens of Pakistan that allow this to happen on a daily basis.

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  • jugnoo
    Mar 10, 2013 - 6:35AM

    @Waqas:
    The situation will not get better as PML-N and other Govt. functionaries are directly or indirectly supportive of these acts.

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  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Mar 10, 2013 - 6:42AM

    CM said, that all people were taken out from Joseph Colony before attack, it meaning, He knew, there was going to be an attack there,
    why he not stopped attack, why not Police act properly,why he was not there,
    CM must resign, and leave Politics

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  • jugnoo
    Mar 10, 2013 - 6:42AM

    @Farhan:
    Sharif brothers were OK before their Saudia exile. After their returned they are a completely different people. I think they have turned blind eye to get support of fanatics and to promote Saudi style government with N Sharif as Amir-ul-Momineen.

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  • Mar 10, 2013 - 7:20AM

    Will someone arrest and prosecute these low life criminals.!

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  • mind control
    Mar 10, 2013 - 9:25AM

    @kaalchakra:

    Why do some people say blasphemous things when they know Islam will not acccept that?

    This is the crux of the matter.

    We must thank kaalchakra and ET for clarifying this.

    And, of course, the victim is always guilty in such matters. Be it Aasia Bibi or Salman Taseer or residents of Quetta or Karachi.Recommend

  • ahmed41
    Mar 10, 2013 - 10:23AM

    How do we really know that it was BLASPHEMY ?

    The alleged Blasphemer is a ” sanitation worker “. How much can he know about anything religious~~~~~~~~~he could have been just ignored !!!

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  • Edwin Salik
    Mar 10, 2013 - 10:41AM

    If Pakistan wants to earn any respect in the world, It has to put an end to this madness at any cast. Freedom of speech should prevail. Blasphemy law should be abolished. It’s only a law. Laws change everywhere. This law has done no good. I do not understand, no leader realizes how badly this is damaging the reputation of Pakistan, whatever left.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Mar 10, 2013 - 11:00AM

    This is Islamic Republic of Pakistan a welfare state where mosques are unsafe and insecure,non-muslims and their homes are unsafe and insecure,key Pakistani departments are unsafe and insecure and nation has been on the terrorists’ main target but only the leaders are safe and secure because they are living in bombproof bunkers and they travel in bulletproof vehicles with hundreds of security guards around…….
    And as usual after any mishaps our leaders give only and only a condemning and verbal statement and show human sympathy by sitting only in the fortified,bulletproof and bombproof palaces with hundreds of security guards around….
    Pakistan what a country and what a leadership!!!!!!!!

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Mar 10, 2013 - 11:11AM

    This act is exrremely,no-doubt and definitely the misuse of blasphemy law by the brainwashed miscreants and culprits…….

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  • Kenneth
    Mar 10, 2013 - 11:22AM

    Its Sad how easily Christian’s and other minorities are targeted where some are murdered in cold blood and others house’s are burned in front of the police . It all depends how are you taught at home . If a person is taught to live in peace he will and if a person is taught to kill he will do the same . Thats what is happening in Pakistan . Madrasa’s and Politicans and Terrorist related orgainzations are teaching hatered which is shown when this kind of incidence happen’s . Moreover if we go deep into this blasphemy case am sure this is another case of a revenage against some property issue or work issue .
    My Muslim friends and brothers say Islam is religon of Peace and Love , please show me where is that compassion or love for your own countrymen . We are Pakistani’s and will remain till death Pakistani there is nothing you can do about that .

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  • Mar 10, 2013 - 11:30AM

    A source I know close to the event and the community says that 180 homes were burned. I am seeking hard facts on this but a mob of 3,000 could easily burn down the whole community.
    The Pakistani government, police and judiciary cannot possibly execute justice for these victims in that they have long looked the other way when Muslim leaders have such a strong influence over the courts.

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  • Ashamed
    Mar 10, 2013 - 11:41AM

    @raja:
    Who will have the nationals of a country ridden with terrorism and well known for spreading terrorism around the world? Not even the all weather friend!

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  • Naeem
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:19PM

    This Blasphemy law is is the root cause.of this carnage. We have ot scrap this law as it exists (Have I commited a blasphemy by saying so)

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  • Does not matter
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:29PM

    I think not just those criminals be punished but may be the some of the forward thinking Muslim organizations come forward to collect money to re build those houses for the Christian. That would be best way to show solidarity with the minorities in Pakistan otherwise all the claims are mere lip service.

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  • kaalchakra
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:46PM

    Mind Control

    Now you are being unreasonable. Islam is NEVER afraid of correct and fair criticism or questioning of itself. It is only the unfair and incorrect questioning and criticism that Islam does not and will never accept.

    Let everyone accept that first. Then there will be no problems like this.

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  • martyrindia
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:17PM

    If we Christians start reacting and take revenge …what u people will do…?

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  • M M Malik
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:40PM

    Blasphemy is unacceptable to all. The present blasphemy laws cannot prevent blasphemy and give birth to more blasphemy, like burning of churches and Islamic sacred books.

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  • truthbetold
    Mar 11, 2013 - 12:01AM

    @Mj:

    “@Agha Shehroon Khan:
    “I am so very ashamed that i am part of this nation and city. my heart is really bleeding and my eyes are tearful…. very dejected today and really questioning my loyalty with “this Pakistan” today -Apologies”
    Question the ideology, not the country. You’ll have your answer.

    Until and unless people question dogmatic, anti-human and anachronistic teachings of any ideology, their minds will continue to be controlled by their blind faith. They will continue to live in denial and put the blame on everything else. Questioning, honest contemplation and sincere logical and intellectual are the basis of human progress. Without this, humans will remain wedded to obscurantism, superstitions and ignorance of the past millennia.

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  • truthbetold
    Mar 11, 2013 - 2:04AM

    Correction:

    A word is missing in my last post.

    Please read the sentence as “Questioning, honest contemplation and sincere logical and intellectual analysis are the basis of human progress.”

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  • Nauman
    Mar 11, 2013 - 3:07AM

    Tribune……start a fund for these victims…..readers can express their condemnation with money. Let’s rebuild these houses. It can be done. Pakistan is being defined by these jahils….let’s not let that happen again.

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  • P.satyani
    Mar 11, 2013 - 10:30AM

    This is enough now! All pakistanis inlcuding political partiies, media, judicary and religious scholars need to learn from such inhuman incidence and sit together for new pakistan and reform laws which ensure equlity and safeguarding of all its citizen.

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  • Qudsia
    Mar 12, 2013 - 4:44AM

    IF the US had ever promoted or practiced universal justice the world would have been in a better shape. America has never shied away from creating and building and sustaining tyrannical regimes when it suits its purposes…and when it cannot use them anymore, it is only THEN when it speaks of the terrible atrocities that were once committed under its own watchful eyes, by the weapons and money it supplied. So, please don’t try to take give your country the moral high ground when it comes to human rights violations in the world. As I said, if America practiced universal justice, things like this may not have developed.

    Pakistani government and Pakistanis are of course responsible for the happenings in their country and they should take care of this before they spiral into the abyss of annihilation that seems to be fast approaching.

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