Christian woman gets death sentence for ‘blasphemy’

Published: November 12, 2010

NCJP research showed that up to 80 per cent of the time blasphemy charges are filed against people to settle personal scores.

NANKANA SAHIB: A Christian woman was sentenced to death by an additional sessions court in Nankana Sahib for committing blasphemy on Monday.

Aasya, an Ittanwali resident, was accused of passing derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in an FIR registered with the Saddar police station by Qari Salim, a masjid imam. The FIR was registered on June 19, 2009.  It was filed under Sections 295-B and C of the Pakistan Penal Code (both sections are punishable by life imprisonment or death sentence).

SK Shahid, her counsel, told The Express Tribune that he has filed an appeal with the Lahore High Court against the lower court’s judgement. He said that among other allegations, Aasya was accused of denying the prophet hood of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). “How can we expect a Christian to affirm to Muslim belief?” he asked. Besides sentencing Aasiya to death, Muhammad Naveed Iqbal, the ADSJ, also imposed a fine of Rs300,000 on her. According to a newspaper’s report, on hearing the news of the quarrel several Muslim men reached the spot and tried to attack Aasya. She fled the scene yet the mob followed her all the way upto her house, the report said. Ataul Saman, the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) publications head, said that the lower courts’ verdicts in blasphemy cases are mostly overturned by the high courts.

He said that their proceeding mostly take place under intense pressure. Locals, he said, gather outside the courts and chant slogans to pressure the judges into declaring the accused guilty of committing blasphemy. Saman added that NCJP research showed that up to 80 per cent of the time blasphemy charges are filed against people to settle personal scores.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 12th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (64)

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 12, 2010 - 8:56AM

    It is time to repeal this law and hang this Judge who gave this ruling ….. what is going on in our country in the name of religion/faith/beliefs or what ever you name them. Should we now start drinking a cup of blood early in the morning rather than a cup of tea. What if EU or those countries where majority are Christians they also pass similar kind of laws for their minorities or those who do not toe with their line of thought, is this called Law Of the Land. I personally do not agree that 18th Amendment has been brought back to its original shape unless this 295 ABC is not removed. Stop pleasing your “Strategic Assets” before they drown us all along with themselves. We are already painted as Black Spot on the globe due to our stand on certain issues of Good/Bad Talibans and their affiliated lashkars of mysterious types with different missions.Recommend

  • Mahmood
    Nov 12, 2010 - 10:00AM

    What proof was presented to the courts other than the word of the accuser? Pakistani-style commando justice at work yet again…Recommend

  • Sara Ahmed
    Nov 12, 2010 - 12:09PM

    We call for religious freedon all over the world, none muslim could say or do bad to non muslims as we are ordered to respect other’s religion values so why we accept such things from others?Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar
    Nov 12, 2010 - 12:19PM

    this is rather retarded – either all religions and beliefs should be held sacred or none…we can’t have this pick and chooseRecommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Nov 12, 2010 - 12:53PM

    Aasya, was accused of passing derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in an FIR registered with the Saddar police station by Qari Salim, a masjid imam.
    How come all such cases happen in the presence of Qaries. Police should also investigate what was the Qari Sahib doing over there.Recommend

  • Handi Wala
    Nov 12, 2010 - 12:55PM

    There will be no justice until blasphamy laws are repealed. No rational country has such laws!Recommend

  • K.Khan
    Nov 12, 2010 - 1:17PM

    I am feeling ashamed of Pakistani justice system.
    Given a chance I will go out of Pakistan and settle in some western country for sure.Recommend

  • Imme
    Nov 12, 2010 - 1:18PM

    Time to think over such laws !!Recommend

  • Post Human
    Nov 12, 2010 - 1:26PM

    Why would a Christian affirm the Prophethood of Muhammad? If they did, they wouldn’t be Christian. This is ludicrous! This is tantamount to passing a death sentence on all non-muslims in Pakistan.

    I’m ashamed to call myself a muslim, when things like this occur.

    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” This is the credo that we need to follow. Recommend

  • Nov 12, 2010 - 1:35PM

    Shared it with a Christian friend of mine……….what kind of justice are we giving to our minorities? Recommend

  • Maheen
    Nov 12, 2010 - 1:41PM

    Why so these ‘Muslims’ forget the story of the elephants (Surah Feel) and leave it upto Allah to protect what is His. By doing what they’re doing (as above) they’re blatantly ignoring what the Quran says.
    It this Beloved Prophet’s uncle who rather asked about his camels than worry about the attack on the Kaaba and said: I am only the master of my camels, but the House has its own Lord who is sure to protect it.

    Grow up people and stop playing GOD!Recommend

  • Remy
    Nov 12, 2010 - 1:52PM

    This is doing so much harm to the peaceful coexistence of religions/identities… Not doing justice to the ideals of peace and love held by Islam. Why not remember the religious diversity of the Ottoman empire ? The Caliphate was wiser than the islamic republic, it seems. Yet your comments reassure me. “Had God so willed, he would have made you one people.” Let us all work for cohesion, justice and mutual understanding, at our own little level. God bless you all. Recommend

  • Sunny
    Nov 12, 2010 - 1:53PM

    i only know one thing blaspheme law is best for taking revenge from non muslims its easy u put blame on any one and u can take revenge many christians has lost there lives , recently 2 brother sajid and rashid has been killed in the front of faisalabad court by extremist and who are extremist we know thatRecommend

  • Humayun Saif
    Nov 12, 2010 - 1:58PM

    Now is this we call religion of peace?

    First i will ask, why would Muslims believes that a non-Muslim will pass derogatory remarks – knowingly that it will cost a life. WHY on first place Muslim friends start believing it. WHY??

    Secondly, where is the proof that the woman did said derogatory words? And What was Qari doing on a place where women were working??

    If these two essence are not present in any group/society and religion, it can not be religion of peace.

    Isn’t our justice system blind???

    But i must say blind are we, as nation as religious society. Recommend

  • ishaq
    Nov 12, 2010 - 2:07PM

    WE ARE CHAMPIONS IN KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Muhammad Sarfraz Abbasi
    Nov 12, 2010 - 2:15PM

    I dont know the fact, all I know the blasphemy act is misused quite often, however there is no reason to be ashamed of it, if the person is found guilty. All those who are commenting here should first have the true knowledge of the topic under discussion. Its nothing to do with man or woman, Christians, Muslim or anyone else, its the law and it applies same way to all of us, Pakistani citizen, the woman who did this, if found guilty deserves death penalty and if not, then of course this would be a crime. Everyone who has the access to the internet or can type a few words in English should try to remain within limits. Who we are to comment on the country, its system and its laws, we dont have the basic knowledge of these complex subjects.. just to give an impression of being knowledgeable and minded we breach many limits and this makes us not educated but a shame for our country… Love your country, its laws and try to change the system in it.. work at least work hard so that your words justified. Recommend

  • ADNAN AHMED HASHMI
    Nov 12, 2010 - 2:20PM

    Everyday there is something new making yourself feel ashamed of Pakistan…For how long this is going to continue..Enough is enough…!!!Recommend

  • Nov 12, 2010 - 2:42PM

    Even if the Christian woman had actually said something, it is quite un-Islamic to give her the death sentence. Why don’t Muslims remember how much emphasis the Prophet laid on forgiveness? They can verbally defend the Prophet but have no right to attack anyone or take their life. The blasphemy law should be removed. It has been made for the convenience of hate mongers. Often in such cases, people have personal reasons for hatred or are simply prejudiced.Recommend

  • Shahnawaz Khankani
    Nov 12, 2010 - 2:57PM

    @ Muhammad Sarfraz Abbasi, Why this false justification!
    If a country or its establishment is fail to bring basic necessity of life, if the laws has been misused thousands times, and innocent people had been killed, how on earth we will keep loving to each other or can produce safe environment for citizen of Pakistan. All citizen should be equal in the state ! If a country and its laws, cannot provide it, than it is very shameful.

    And there is no NEED to feel insecure, and you do not have to feel insecure, when people openly are sharing, how shameful they are with these kinds of situations and law.
    This is post-modern era we are living in….where as humanity is first. Recommend

  • Asiha Jakarhani
    Nov 12, 2010 - 3:06PM

    Why would a non-Muslim use derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)? Why did not we ask these questions to those accusers? Why do not we are asking this question to ourselves?
    1- When a non-Muslim knew that committing such crime is death-punishment, why would he/she will commit this sin?

    2- Where is the proof? Does our justice system not require adequate facts?

    And where are those facts?

    Having said this mean, we are tremendously fail to have fair justice system! We are tremendously failed to educate our ppl, we did not give them education of love and humanity, but instead we pour hatred in their hearts, so they are cutting throats of each others.

    We are failing to provide justice and equal rights to poor. Shame on us if we do not require fair justice to this lady. Recommend

  • Humna Mehwish
    Nov 12, 2010 - 3:28PM

    AND I FIND THIS NEWS STORY BIASED!! Would anyone mind to give the view point of the imam and the accusing party? Why is it that news worthiness is now all about being anti-pakistan and giving unbalanced stories without caring about our international image?

    I request the tribune to please practice journalistic grace while doing stories of such influence!Recommend

  • dumb
    Nov 12, 2010 - 4:13PM

    i hate pakistani people….they are a shame to the world Recommend

  • Shamroze khan
    Nov 12, 2010 - 4:15PM

    i am in 100% consent with Mr. Sarfaraz Abbasi’s comment we are the ones defaming our own religion ….why is everybody commenting on women’s right and discrimination….we lack knowledge and try to comment on anything without any reason…..the fact is the punishment of blasphemy applies on everybody irrespective of religion , race or gender

    and please i request tribune to give full details before publishing such issues little knowledge is far dangerous than no knowledgeRecommend

  • sundar
    Nov 12, 2010 - 5:09PM

    To develope Pakistan into a progressive peaceful country Pakistanis must have tolarance towards other religions and respect others views however bitter it can be. Rightly or wrongly Islam has an image issue and these incidents reinforce that negatively. Except few muslim countries, from SA to Pakistan muslims seem to be so rigid and narrow minded. People of other religion have the right to disbelieve, criticize or have their own take about their God which I think is a healthy way to go.Recommend

  • faraz
    Nov 12, 2010 - 7:49PM

    Why would an elderly women pass derogatory remarks against Prophet PBUH? This Blasphemy law must be repealed, there is no punishment for blashphemy in Quran or Sunnah. These mullahs are hopeless! Recommend

  • Umar
    Nov 12, 2010 - 9:21PM

    Why would a Christian affirm the
    Prophethood of Muhammad? If they did,
    they wouldn’t be Christian.

    This is Pakistan. Here Muslims are declared non-Muslim and non-Muslims are supposed to believe in Islam and thus be effectively a Muslim.Recommend

  • Umar
    Nov 12, 2010 - 9:24PM

    We call for religious freedon all over
    the world, none muslim could say or do
    bad to non muslims as we are ordered
    to respect other’s religion values so
    why we accept such things from others?

    @Sara Ahmed: And to show respect to other’s religion we burn them alive along with their churches and bibles.

    Which planet do you live on btw? Recommend

  • rifak
    Nov 12, 2010 - 10:04PM

    This is mulla’s Islam in action. Islam has no punishment for blasphemy. Nobody was ever punished by the Holy Prophet (saw) for blasphemy alone. The people of Taif were not destroyed, Hinda was forgiven and the known munafaqeen’s funeral prayers was lead by the Holy Prophet (saw) the rehmat lil alameen. Recommend

  • Jaffer
    Nov 12, 2010 - 10:33PM

    The punishment for a wrong fatwa, according the Tradition of the Prophet (swt), is to burn down the masjid & execute the imams. This is applicable here. At the very least this qari needs to be deprived of all his property (including his home), the property auctioned & the proceeds to go the state for all costs incurred due to irrational & wrong claims.Recommend

  • Mubarik
    Nov 12, 2010 - 11:05PM

    This law gives Pakistani ‘Donkey mullahs’ real power. They become above the law by using their ‘so called Islam’. Let the politicians bring their heads out of the sand and see the reality.
    If we continue like this then there is no future for our people. Let this poor old women go free and investigate this ‘so called Quari sahib’ as there might be some other reason which forced this moron to register blasphemy case against this old lady.Recommend

  • InCanada
    Nov 12, 2010 - 11:37PM

    Wow.Recommend

  • nadiyah rahman
    Nov 13, 2010 - 12:27AM

    This is insane. Our very Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassalam) presumably in whose name this woman is to be hanged accepted the minorities open heartedly after taking over Mekkah. It is time these qaris and moulvis learn about true Islam. Alas!Recommend

  • Tauseef Ahmad Khan
    Nov 13, 2010 - 2:17AM

    I am ashamed of Pakistan as usual. These clerics and the judge have made laughing stock of Islam again. Islam is being paraded around the world to be barbaric and inhumane and these laws give all the ammunition to the critics.
    Can the judge give even one example where the Holy Prophet(saw) gave a sentence to people who abused him? The Holy Prophet(saw) even led the funeral prayers of Abdullah bin Ubay bin Sulul, the most harsh and bad-mouthed hypocrite of all times. The Holy Prophet(saw) understood Islam much better than everyone and if he did not give any punishment for blasphemy, then who are we to invent these in Islam.
    Pray for a reformer – or these clerics will make sure that Islam is wiped out. Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Nov 13, 2010 - 3:35AM

    Mullah justice for all to see implementing mullah laws (not Islamic law).

    In Islam, even a thief cannot have his hand cut off if he is suffering from poverty or there are other extenuating circumstances. Islam is not laws and rituals disconnected with morality. The laws and rituals are to reinforce morals. However in Pakistan, where morality is no longer understood, what use is this empty emphasis on laws and rituals for their own sake. This form of religion is just another form of false religiosity, even idolatory – the sort of religiosity that Islam came to reform with its supreme emphasis on morality.

    This poor woman was likely provoked by the fact that the other women were not prepared to accept her carrying water. God knows what other daily insults and injustice she faced as a Christian. We all know how Christians are looked down upon in Pakistan. Even if the evidence was irrefutable of her blaspheming against the Prophet (pbuh), Islam or the Prophet are not threatened by someone’s anger or insults. It is only our false pride that takes offense and it is our Islamic duty to keep that under control.

    This sentence and the circumstances that surround the conviction reflect Mullah Islam and Mullah justice. Pakistan was not created for this and we must rise up against these types of outrage. Recommend

  • Nov 13, 2010 - 6:41AM

    Just one uneducated village Mullah holds so much power in Pakistan…. no wonder the nation has got huge problems with the Taliban and AQ running amok and killing without hindrance from the pious people of pakistan – your silence will be broken either in this life or the nextRecommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Nov 13, 2010 - 7:38AM

    This nation of hypocrites has truly gone to the dogs. How much we moan and cry out loud when we hear about abu gharib, Guantanomo and Dr Afia but are busy condemning people to death on the suspicion of them having committed blasphemy.
    This is a nation that takes the workd ‘hypocrisy’ to a whole new level. The nation sheds crocodile tears when Israel or US hurt muslims around the world but is brazenly quite and non reactive when we kill our own, imprison our own, torture and kidnap our own in the name of islam, sharia, sovereignty, patriotism and all.
    No wonder the whole world (not just US and Europe) thinks of Pakistan as the hot bed of terrorism, militancy, double standards and a failed nation.

    We are indeed a nation of heartless, mindless and self centered souls. Our destiny and our fate are sealed. We are a backwater of the whole world – law and order wise, economically, social cohesion, governance wise and in creating a semi-workable system for the masses.

    Outwardly we tend to say all the right things but inwardly we are corrupt to the core. A truly rotten bunch of people.
    HarisRecommend

  • Humanity
    Nov 13, 2010 - 10:28AM

    @Tauseef Ahmad Khan “Pray for a reformer – or these clerics will make sure that Islam is wiped out.”

    Better watch out, Mr. Khan lest you are charged with blasphemy for praying for a reformer. That thought is likely to hurt the emotions of the Muslims.Recommend

  • SK Ayubi
    Nov 13, 2010 - 10:44AM

    This is utterly disgusting. Yet another headline highlighting rampant injustice in Pakistan (albeit this time in the name of law) for the rest of the world to laugh at.

    By virtue of her being Christian she doesn’t accept that the prophet is the messenger of God, neither does any Christian, Hindu, Sikh etc; using the logic (if you can call it that, for maulvi + logic = oxymoron) being applied here by the * Qari Saleem and co, all those of another religion residing in Pakistan should be executed; an all out genocide, in the name of God? Forget imperialists, it’s the maulvi’s that are destroying Pakistan. It pains me to say that in years to come it will be the new Somalia. Recommend

  • T R Khan
    Nov 13, 2010 - 11:29AM

    If the blasphemy law existed in the early years of Islam, the population of the Arabian peninsula would have been near extinction levels. These laws are clergy induced without any basis in the scriptures or the traditions. Recommend

  • Abdul Haseeb
    Nov 13, 2010 - 12:35PM

    “There will be no justice until blasphamy laws are repealed. No rational country has such laws!” -Handi Wala.
    Wow! you are so naive to say that. There are laws against the contempt of court. Isn’t that similar to the blasphemy laws? Why do all so called “enlightened” people want to repeal this law?
    Why doesn’t anyone say it is the abuse of the law that should be stopped and people should come up with suggestions which will ensure that an innocent person is not persecuted through any law.
    The point that I want to make is that even the laws that are made against terrorists and burglars, can become a nuisance if they’re abused. We might as well do away with the whole judicial and police system and repeal all laws if we are worried that someone may misuse them.Recommend

  • Lost Hope
    Nov 13, 2010 - 2:08PM

    There is nothing minorities can do about this they will have to suffer all this unless and untill so called our Pakistani muslim brothers and sisters all come out against this LAW which is creating rift in between all of us . Creating a wall which will have severe consequences in days to come if this issue is not settled at the earliest , its all this diffrences , uneducation and wrong preachers who sow seeds of hatered . Its high time the Government does somthing about this issue before many more innocent people are murdered and tortured under this Law . Saddest part is that not even our muslim brother’s and sister’s are safe from their own muslim preachers . May Almighty be with each and everyone in Pakistan .Recommend

  • Muna Bilgrami
    Nov 13, 2010 - 2:44PM

    This ruling is preposterous and repugnant. Preposterous to any sane, intelligent, rational, educated Muslim, and repugnant to the very spirit of Islam. But the damage being done to the social fabric of multi-religious Pakistan by such outrageous decisions is huge, not to mention its human rights record. It is time to drop the blasphemy law and spend time on issues that really affect the quality of life: institutional corruption across the board, phantom schools and teachers, half-baked madrasa curricula, a puny taxation system, along with all the other issues like sanitation, security, education, rule of law and accountability, inflation and so on.Recommend

  • Sara Ahmed
    Nov 13, 2010 - 2:44PM

    @ umar….mr umar i didnt say that muslims should do such thing or the order which was given to that women who accused Muhammad SAWW is rite…all i was saying that no such report or news we see when our Kashmiri women whether christian/hindu/muslim get raped and killed nor when Israel’s evil schemes our Palestinians are facing…no UN no media no politicians raise their voices…but when the media mentioned the word ‘christian’ or that could also be hindu or sikh or watever, such spices make us all so angry and harsh…im not debating here that’s a view of mine only…cause reading all above other comments has proven that as always there’s no use of debates n arguments..wasnt saying if such law is good in Islamic lite or not but i must say i wudnt hear a word against my Prophet PBUH that was only i needed to tell…can u? @ Tilsim…other religions are enjoying most of the facilities n opportunities which a muslim cant in this so called Islamic law based country….Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Nov 13, 2010 - 3:00PM

    @ Abdul Haseeb

    I see the point that you are making about the abuse of law (that is of course also an issue). However I would ask you if there are not countless Hadiths which show that the Prophet and Islam also bore abuses against his person by forebearance. There is no capital punishment for blasphemy stated in the Quran. The basis for this law seems to be against the very ethos of Islam, morality and reasonableness.Recommend

  • Nov 13, 2010 - 3:19PM

    Now Where are The biggest religious leader ( Fathers ,Pastor,Bishops and pops,) shame on all these leaders they are just collecting money and enjoying there luxury life.I think whenever there will be a incidence like Asia Bibi instead of that victim one religous Leader Must be hanged.Then they willthink about poor Christian community.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Nov 13, 2010 - 7:47PM

    Blasphamy laws should be repealed immediately and courts should take such cases with extraordinary care as we judgemental people may react at any point in time.

    In a country where muslims are fighting for their basic human rights what could we expect for non-muslims? Recommend

  • Ali
    Nov 13, 2010 - 9:16PM

    Blasphemy laws are in complete contradiction to the Quran and Sunnah and hence are a blasphemy in themselves. These un Islamic anti Islam laws should be repealed immediately.

    Peace be on you. (This is what Muslims are supposed to say when someoen ridcules Islam, and they walk away) Recommend

  • Hammad Nasrullah
    Nov 13, 2010 - 11:52PM

    It looks like a complex scenario. Showing disrespect for Prophet and not believing in Prophet are probably two separate things. If the lady has showed disrespect then court i think has given the right verdict. In the constitution of 1973 Qaadianis were given the tag of non muslims as they dont believe in Holy Prophet and thats why Christians are Christians. People claiming the minorties protection in pakistan must see how are we muslims treated in US.,,,,,, Recommend

  • Jaffer Shah
    Nov 13, 2010 - 11:57PM

    Terrorists and criminals who are involved in killing innocent people are being freed by our courts but a woman charged with some allegations is being hanged….. wah kia justice hai???? Ah islam what crimes are being committed on thy name…….Recommend

  • Ghazala khan
    Nov 14, 2010 - 9:08AM

    Unfair and unjust ! someone should have the courage in Pakistan to speak up and address this issue. Pakistani people have to understand that it is all up to them what they make of their country. Whether it is issues related to corruption in the government, flood victims, poor justice system or bigotry and harassment of the weak. People have to take responsibility and action against all that is wrong in their society. Recommend

  • Abdul Latif
    Nov 14, 2010 - 10:25AM

    Disgusting!, God forgives, who are we to kill His creation just because of some expression of his/her feeling. These abhorrent laws are bringing a bad name to Islam. Let us get rid of them. There are more important things to attend to tan these frivolities.Recommend

  • sami
    Nov 14, 2010 - 12:05PM

    in majority of the blasphemy cases we muslims put false blam on others which indirectly make us the blasphamous person. many time on person fight we take the name of allah or the holy prophet or recite Qalma-e-tayaba to gain the sampthy of our other muslim brother and to help us in our personal fight against the hindu, christian and Qadianies.

    this is very sad that we pakistani muslim are giving msg to the whole world that our minorities are not saved. if they stop their aid i thinkg we pakistani will not be able to fullfil the baisc ritul of cleaning according to our faith.

    i feel sorry for that sister and request govt that punish such muslims who bring disgrace to other muslims. actually they are not muslims.

    may Allah give us wisdom

    sami noor Recommend

  • sikander
    Nov 14, 2010 - 1:49PM

    I am bowled over by going through all the comments, I do believe that there are sane people in pakistan and also sane believers.

    Woow simple too good.

    I hope that this is not the fringe believers and expect it is at least 90%Recommend

  • Valfar
    Nov 14, 2010 - 7:08PM

    Nobody in their right mind would blaspheme Mohammed (pbuh) in Pakistan, not when they know the consequences when – like this judge are around. It’s like that Christian pastor and his brother who were murdered in Faislabad last year – what kind of fools would honestly print a blasphemous pamphlet and put their names and addresses on it? Clearly a set-up.

    But that’s beside the point. This law is a disgrace and marks Pakistan as a country with no concern for human rights. If Pakistan wants to play any role in the international community (aid, trade, geopolitics etc.) then it must meet international standards of human rights. As long as this absurd law is in place, it is manifestly failing to do so.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Nov 14, 2010 - 7:24PM

    Unfortunately I suspect the majority of people in Pakistan think this barbaric law is justice – goes to show you how out of touch Pakistan is with the modern world. In the not too distant future Pakistan is going to end up an isolated pariah state with no financial assistance from the USA/World – even travel to Pakistan from the West is going to be prohibited. Your intolerance will condemn you.Recommend

  • !@#$%
    Nov 15, 2010 - 1:36AM

    … and when it comes to all these bombings, we innocently claim that its not us… the above news just proves how extremist, merciless, brutal, illiterate and dishonest a society we are.. we live in stone age.. all these bombings are a punishment that reflect our own ideologies and ethical & moral standards.. we try to justify so many immoral things in the name of religion.. at times even avenge upon personal disputes by using religion Recommend

  • Nov 17, 2010 - 10:24AM

    Absolute madness. Mad as a bag of starving squirrels. Blasphemy laws are a complete load of balderdash.Recommend

  • Neha
    Nov 17, 2010 - 4:15PM

    @ cautious
    Please read the comments of people here before giving such a sweeping statement about the whole nation. Blasphemy law is a complicated issue. It is backed by political forces in Pakistan. Noone supports this draconian law and there is no justification for such a law in Islam.
    Friendly advice to you to please be cautious!Recommend

  • Aamir Ali
    Nov 18, 2010 - 7:34PM

    Pakistan needs to get out of this love of “death sentence” for everything. Only murderers and rapists should get death sentences. Recommend

  • John
    Nov 19, 2010 - 8:07AM

    But it’s the Religion of Peace, right?
    Whenever I mention something like this, I’m usually hammered by the assertions that “most” Muslims don’t believe this sort of thing is appropriate. But I don’t see a great outcry from “Moderate Muslims” to stop this from happeningRecommend

  • Ali Hamdani
    Nov 24, 2010 - 3:04AM

    AOA… it is indeed utterly depressing to see the state of Muslims today… they are as far from Islam as the sky is from earth

    Look at the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him — and I say this not for fear of being hanged if I don’t, but for my genuine love for the Prophet) who visits the lady who throws litter on his head every day he passes by to ask her health the day she did not throw the litter… look at this akhlaaq that melts hearts and minds rather than force them…

    And what are we doing… hanging non-muslims for not believing in him? Did he hang the Meccan pegans when he conquered them? No! He forgave them all, even the wicked Hinda who chewed his uncle’s liver! Treat the blashpemers with such love that they are convinced that they were wrong… tell them of the truth not by way of these draconian laws, but by way of your rightful character and by logical reasoning! And afterall, ‘La Iqraaha Fiddeen’ there is no compulsion in religion, let alone toward those who do not even belong to our religion!

    Christians are ahle kitaab and the closest to our religion according to the Quran and they deserve our deepest love! They can not only touch the water bowl but also pour and serve for you… Alas, poor Islam got stuck amoung these good-for-nothing mullas…Recommend

  • Faizan Khan
    Nov 26, 2010 - 1:09AM

    Blasphemy laws?? come on it’s time to get rid of such barbaric stuff. My Grandfather joined the Pak Airforce the day it was formed and fought for the Green and the White part of the flag (the white part represents non muslims for those who are unaware). If this doesn’t stop I think may be he risked his life for nuthin….Recommend

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