No change: Several clerics condone Taseer’s murder

Published: January 8, 2011
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Mumtaz Qadri, Taseer’s confessed assassin being taken by police. PHOTO: AFP

Mumtaz Qadri, Taseer’s confessed assassin being taken by police. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: The Tahaffuz Namoos-i-Risalat Mahaz (TNRM) observed Friday as the Tahaffuz Namoos-i-Risalat Day.

In a sermon given at Jamia Masjid Rasulia Sherazia, TNRM president Raza-i-Mustafa Naqshbandi said there could be no compromise about the honour of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). He commended Mumtaz Qadri, Taseer’s confessed assassin, saying that the self-submission had been an act of bravery.

Jamatud Dawa leader Maulana Muhammad Hussnain Siddiqi, who led the Friday prayer at Masjid Qadsia, said the government should seek a quick endorsement of Aasia’s conviction from the Lahore High Court. He said whoever dared support a ‘blasphemer’ would meet the same fate as Taseer.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) chairman Dr Mehdi Hasan said it was lamentable that there were people ‘celebrating’ a death. He invoked a Punjabi wisdom ‘dushman maray tay khushi na kariay, sajnan vi mar jana’ (don’t celebrate the death of an enemy, as your friends, too, will die), and said that if nothing else they should have considered the pain they would cause to the bereaved family.

“More than ninety five per cent of Pakistan’s population is Muslim,” Dr Hasan said, “Why is then a movement or campaign to protect the honour of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) needed. No one can dare commit blasphemy here.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • zhp
    Jan 8, 2011 - 5:29PM

    this is unbelievable, ludicrous, absurd. the HRCP chairman is right. Recommend

  • Sad
    Jan 9, 2011 - 6:09PM

    How true Dr Mehdi has said who dares to say anything about the Holy Prophet(PBUH) in this 95% muslim dominated country . Why are these parties acting as if they are the THAKEDAR of Islam even Saudi has also condemned this pathetic act of QadriRecommend

  • alian
    Jan 10, 2011 - 10:29AM

    Some people want to show that they are better Muslim. Allah will decide on the day of judgment what is wrong and what is right . These mullahs have eaten Islam like the woodworm and have disfigures its face .These mullahs are actually helping the enemies of Islam or more than that while these mullahs exists we don’t need another enemy , these are enough to dis-track normal Muslims from the right path Recommend

  • fedup
    Jan 11, 2011 - 2:16AM

    Bangladesh has disbarred religious parties from taking part in politics. Parliament needs to gather the courage to copy this and legislate before it is toooooooooo late.Recommend

  • Tanweer Ahmed
    Jan 24, 2011 - 8:35PM

    Bangladesh was not created in the name of Islam, Pakistan is. No one needed to take the law in his hand of the government ensured implementation of law.Recommend

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