Blasphemy: Petition against Rahat Fateh Ali Khan dismissed

Published: November 24, 2010

Petitioner claimed her religious sentiments were hurt by his song.

LAHORE: An additional district and sessions judge, on Tuesday, dismissed an application for registration of an FIR under blasphemy charges against singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

The judge held that the allegations against the singer did not merit registration of an FIR. The judge also pointed out that the petitioner was not appearing before the court and therefore the petition stood dismissed.

Makkah Colony resident Lailatul Kubra had filed an application against Khan. She said that the singer had recorded a song, Aj Din Charhia Teray Rang Warga, in an Indian film and had uttered improper words about God which hurt her religious sentiments as well as those of other Muslims. The petitioner said that by singing the song Khan had denied the power and oneness of God.

Kubra said she had approached the station house officer (SHO) of the Kahna police station but no FIR was registered nor was any action taken against Khan.

She requested the court to order the Capital City Police Officer and the SHO to register an FIR against Khan under Sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 295-C (use of derogatory remarks in respect of the holy prophet) and 298 (uttering words to wound religious feelings) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

In its comments, the police told the court that the petitioner had never visited the police stations or submitted an application for action against the respondent. It said that in case Kubra files an application they would act on it according to the law.

Free Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement Advocate Mian Bashir Saif said that considering his client, Khan, was alleged to have sung the ‘objectionable’ song in India, Kahna police lacked jurisdiction to take action against him. He said no case was made out against his client.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2010.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Malik Rana
    Nov 24, 2010 - 12:15PM

    Fundos getting after our living legend, who brought fame to Pakistan. What next?Recommend

  • Klues
    Nov 24, 2010 - 2:54PM

    Chicken rates in Makkah Colony?Recommend

  • ahmed
    Nov 24, 2010 - 3:25PM

    farigh aurat….aur koi kaam nai milaRecommend

  • Malik Rana
    Nov 24, 2010 - 3:39PM

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  • Omer
    Nov 24, 2010 - 3:41PM

    When i listened to this song i also felt the lyrics to be highly in-appropriate !!Recommend

  • MilesToGo
    Nov 24, 2010 - 10:57PM

    One could find a lot of blasphemy in bollywood…Recommend

  • khalid kahn
    Nov 26, 2010 - 10:55AM

    These people have no faith,they adopt to any religion that gives them a little attention.Recommend

  • Rizwan T Khan
    Nov 27, 2010 - 11:04AM

    lol. Did she just wake up from coma after 30 yrs? majority of Indian songs compare the strength, beauty etc of the lover to God. Thanks to such people we are kept amused in these hard times. I thank her for cracking us up. Recommend

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