Imran slams hero’s welcome for Qadri

Khan says Qadri should have followed the law but since he did not, he should be treated like any other murderer.


Express January 10, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan condemned Malik Mumtaz Qadri’s, the man who gunned down Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, reception as a hero on the premises of the Anti Terrorism Court, Rawalpindi.

“Extremism and radicalism have penetrated our society deeply,” he said, adding that it is especially harmful for youths.

While talking to The Express Tribune via phone, he said our society has become polarised. It is highly condemnable that everyone fulfills their wishes as they see fit, he said. “Elements like Qadri are under the impression that Islam is under threat and act accordingly,” he added.

“Salmaan Taseer never demanded that the blasphemy laws be repealed; rather he spoke against their misuse. He was gunned down because of the misperception that he is anti-Islamic and anti-blasphemy laws,” Imran Khan said

Anti-Islamic perceptions developed after the war on terror by USA, he said, adding that suicide attacks against the government occur because of polarisation in society which has fostered the thought that the government is working with the US and is anti-Islam.

He said tribal elders and ANP leaders, who announced their support for Pakistan, have also been blown-up in suicide attacks since they too were perceived as anti-Islam. Due to polarisation in society, people like Faisal Shahzad have attacked the US since they view America’s war on terror as a threat to Islam.

The government is perceived as a puppet being run by anti-Islamic forces, the PTI chief said. A credible government is essential in order to eradicate radicalisation and extremism. The government will stop being perceived as anti-Islamic if the war on terror would end, he added.

Qadri’s action has created fear in society, Khan said, adding that Qadri should have followed the law but since he did not, he should be treated like any other murderer.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2011.

COMMENTS (123)

Abdul | 10 years ago | Reply Unfortunately we Pakistani's are confused under confident people. We have no knowledge of islam nor we are intersted. We are not a nation but we are just a crowd, with no sence of direction nor any credible leader. Imran Khan is a man who does get attention and he is taking advantage of the timing, just waht Mr. Obhama did (current US President). Imran Khan will get lucky and he will be in the power even though he is not qualified, for the position. Another topic on Qadri, makes me laugh. Its not a roket science to say Qadri should have followed the law, ofcourse that is what every good citizen shall do, but in Pakistan we have to related and debate and at the end it becomes a game of chess we have to make our challangers either be killed or removed illegally. I will say we are terrible people, no one is to be blamed but ourselves.
Shahpar | 10 years ago | Reply @faraz: CENT/CENT AGREED WITH U MAN! Imran doesnt know the difference between Barelwis and Deobandis. Barelwis consider that taliban are enemies of islam; all barelwi scholors trace the roots of extremism to Afghan jihad. It was Afghan jihad that removed barelwis from position of prominence. Hardly any barelwi belonged to the dozens of militant organizations that the state established during the 80s and 90s. No suicide bomber has ever been traced to barelwi madrassa. Taliban are against barelwi islam. Taliban blew up mazaars which are sacred to barelwi followers; all barelwi parties carried out a long march last year to protest against talibanization. Many barelwi ulema and pirs have been killed by taliban; Sarfraz Naeemi is among the prominent victims. Barelwis and Deobandis differ upon the status of Prophet (PBUH) vis a vis the God; thats why barelwi ulema are leading the pro blasphemy rallies. And this single fact demolishes Imran’s entire theory: Qadri is a Barelwi.
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