Imran slams hero’s welcome for Qadri

Published: January 10, 2011
Khan said extremism and radicalism have penetrated our society deeply.

Khan said extremism and radicalism have penetrated our society deeply.


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“Salmaan Taseer never demanded that the blasphemy laws be repealed; rather he spoke against their misuse.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.

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Reader Comments (123)

  • asif
    Jan 9, 2011 - 2:54PM

    you’re so stupid, imran khan. not everything is about the war on terror. we are just a society of intolerant and terrible people. Recommend

  • Zeb
    Jan 9, 2011 - 2:57PM

    Well I being a secular have to agree with him. Sadly,countries like USA and Saudi Arabia have destroyed our country and as long as we stay away from these two countries,dont involve them in our internal matters ,we CAN actually solve this conundrum. One asks you to DO MORE while others sends more Wahabi Jihadists to get training here in Pakistan.
    I know for a fact that the day we end this WAR where our own incompetent army plays the role of appeasing NOT ONLY taliban but USA as well ; we would be able to curb extremism to some extent and especially suicide bombings.
    For making our society less Intolerable,how can you change minds of people when your people are divided in different class ? When your elite and upper Middle class goes for GCE/GCSE’s, lower Middle class fot matric/FA and lower poor class have no option but to send their children to madrassa or having to admit their children in Police,only to produce morons like Qadri later on.
    ONE SYSTEM is needed as far as education is concerned and ‘WITH TIME’,we will be able to solve our major problems.Recommend

  • T R Khan
    Jan 9, 2011 - 3:44PM

    Blasphemy laws should cover all prophets and religious leaders, including Baba Guru Nanak and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad etc. This will ensure peace and harmonious co-existence. Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 9, 2011 - 4:18PM

    Imran is an ^%. I heard him for two minutes on CNN and just switched over. He doesn’t make any sense.Recommend

  • ThePalmist
    Jan 9, 2011 - 4:21PM

    Mr. Khan

    For Pakistan to find peace stability and respect, it is imperative that

    Revoke .all laws relating to blashphemy are revoked, while expressly decriminalzing any insult, ridicule and dissent with Koran and Mohammed

    Muzzle and punish the clerics, politicians and clerics who spread hate and incite violence

    Disarm the civilians

    Clean up your educational system, accept your non-Arab heritage and stop destroying young minds with religious nonsense

    Governmemt get out of religion and enforcing 7th centuy nomadic morality

    Mind your own business and stop acting like a global power, which you are not

    Put away the begging bowl and focus on being self-sufficientRecommend

  • European
    Jan 9, 2011 - 4:31PM

    First of all, there isn’t any blasphemy law in England. Imran Khan, inform yourself before commenting.
    Futhermore I would be really glad, if you introduced/spoke out in favour of a blasphemy law in Pakistan equivialent of the latest English blasphemy law. This would be even a bigger step in the right direction than the changes proposed by Sherry Rehman.
    There is a huge diffence between different blasphemy laws. Did ST ever speak in favour of complete abolishment of the law? Look back at your history, there have been much better blasphemy laws in the early times of Pakistan, before a a bigot and dictator changed them.
    Again you twist the reality and even lie.Recommend

  • H. Zaidi
    Jan 9, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Imran Khan should be forthright and unambiguous in his stance. Does he or does he not condemn murder by individuals in the name of religion?
    Many peoplem who want to see an end to corruption and misgovernance in Pakistan appreciate him for his stand against these failings of the ruling elite, but he is yet to condemen in clear terms the terror in the name of religion that fanatics and extremists are carrying out in Pakistan. This is something quite apart from the ongoing war on terror, which we dondemn, too, but cannot condone murder in the name of religion.
    If we want to stand on high moral ground vis a vis the perpetrators of the ‘war on terror,’ we should display and be seen as displaying high moral behavior, too, which consists of religous tolerance, compassion and magnanimity.
    Having the blashmey law on the statute books is one thing; exploiting it to harrass or kill people is another. No one in Pakistan is against the need to protect the name and honour of religious personalities. But should people be allowed to decide for themselves who to declare guilty of blasphemy and then murder him?
    Come on, Imran Khan, be honest and say in a straightforward manner whether you condemn Salman Taseer’s murder or condone it? One wrong does not justify another. Recommend

  • Jahanzeb Malik
    Jan 9, 2011 - 4:45PM

    I totally agree with Mr. Khan as the ideology of Talibanization was to kill anyone who they think is against Islam. Pakistani government started military operation in Swat saying that nations capital is under threat and Taliban are just few kilometers away from Islamabad. Look at the result of war, a governor of largest province is being bruttaly killed in bright day light by someone who decides byhimself that Salman Taseer has spoken against our beloved Prophet (S.A.W). So the purpose of war against our own people plus taliban has failed miserably and has resulted in increase of fantacism and extremism. Well said Mr Khan and your predictions abt the results of war on terror are becominf true as time is passing by. Recommend

  • IZ
    Jan 9, 2011 - 4:49PM

    I’m just wondering if the ‘War on Terror’ was going on in 1997 when a mob of 3,000 fanatics attacked a Christian village, located near Khanewal in the Punjab and burned it down? Was it going on when on March 27, 1994, when a Hafiz-e-Quran was dragged on the streets of Gujranwala and stoned to death by a mob which had been instigated to kill him by the pesh imam of a local mosque due to jealousy? What about when Judge Arif Iqbal Hussain Bhatti was assassinated on 19 October 1997 in his Lahore office after acquitting two people who were accused of blasphemy? When some mullahs were threatening Salman Taseer they openly claimed that they would do to him what they did to Judge Arif Iqbal Hussain – of course a free, willing, public confession to murder is no big deal in the land of the pure. The only confessions that count are the ones like Aasia Bibi’s – when you are a poor woman who is dragged from your house by a mob of 130 people who threaten you and your family and force you to confess to blasphemy. That is a confession worthy of strict legal action!Recommend

  • Eeman
    Jan 9, 2011 - 4:49PM

    Stupid argument. It’s time for Imran Khan to come out of this anti-Western jibe and think objectively. Recommend

    Jan 9, 2011 - 4:53PM

    @asif, Malik……Imran Khan is probably the only guy who talks sense. As long as people like you are in this country, we will continue to suffer under incompetent leaders like the corrupt ones now. Vote for Imran Khan if you want change….Recommend

  • faraz
    Jan 9, 2011 - 5:50PM

    Naivete of Imran’s analysis can be judged from the fact that he traces the roots of extremism to 2004. I wonder why he ignores Afghan jihad and strategic depth policy which lead to the creation of this monsters.

    Yesterday in a talk show, he was saying that there were no Pakistani taliban before 9 11. For his information, over 25,000 pakistani taliban faught against the Northern Alliance in the 1990s.Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Jan 9, 2011 - 6:20PM

    As I had mention in my letters earlier that Imran Khan you are a great guy but your logic and politics is poor…just don’t give up your day job yet for politicsRecommend

  • kailash sethy
    Jan 9, 2011 - 6:32PM

    What politics has done to to a great Player(not sure as a person). His policies(talk) always reflect not to be wrong side of mullahs at any times and try to prove he is very very concerned about Islam because his sons r being brought up in a infidel society(immoral white culture as many in Pakistan being taught) and an infidel mother,


  • Jan 9, 2011 - 7:24PM

    Mullah can not be given powers for street killing in the name of Blasphemy lawRecommend

  • saad
    Jan 9, 2011 - 7:40PM

    @zeb: you all politicians are hypocrites… guys are pushing this country into non islamic state…this is an islamic state and try to learn religion and Allah SWT rules for this world…
    open ur eyes.and accept the truth…we the common people of pakistan ,don’t believe in anyone of you lierz politicians and high clss…we trust in ALLAH and loves his beloved prophet…Recommend

  • Romm
    Jan 9, 2011 - 7:56PM

    He is too obsessed with his so called theory about war on terror. I have met people whom he influenced to carry out Islamic Coup-de-etat in pakistan with the help of Jamat-e-Islami. He is with Utopian ideas of having Theocratic Government in which he will be Declared Amir-ul-momineen because he can’t win Democratic Elections.Recommend

  • Jun
    Jan 9, 2011 - 8:20PM

    too immature politics.What a hell War on terror has to do with blasphemy law in Pakistan.Recommend

  • switzerland
    Jan 9, 2011 - 8:27PM

    roots cause of terrorism – poverty lack of education

    ya noone should insult asam bibi is in jail for insulting

    education mean medicine,construction -scaffolding, business education not religious madraassasRecommend

  • HS
    Jan 9, 2011 - 8:37PM

    @ABCDEFG Your intolerance is becoming typical of all PTI supporters. So your leader can condemn and insult every and any leader he can and we arent allowed to utter one word against him?
    Be more patient and tolerant, thats what our people and country need most of all. Hope you dont mind. Recommend

  • Jan 9, 2011 - 8:47PM

    @European: From the 16th century to 8 July 2008, there was law for blasphemy (against God, including denying His being or providence, all contumelious reproaches of Jesus Christ, all profane scoffing at the Holy Scriptures) in United Kingdom under which the convict were punishable by the temporal courts with death, imprisonment, corporal punishment and fine.

    Mind it!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jan 9, 2011 - 8:57PM

    I can just feel the level of tolerance in this comments page, most of the people who are against Imran never listen to the context and never understand the whole picture. to answer some of the queries

    @ European, the blashpemy law in england was present till 2008 and was repealed through the criminal justice and immigration act of 2008, they still exist in scotland (though they are not tried as a crime but as breach of peace) Blasphemy is still illeagal in northern island. Maybe you should also educate yourself.

    @ Eeman, kindly enlighten us as to what kind of objectivity are you talking about?

    @ Faraz, you seem to have picked certain statements and clubbed them to form a dissenting opinion against Imran, he doesnt say that extremism started in 2004 he says their were no suicide bombings prior to 2004 which is a fact you can check it. He traces the roots right back to the Afghan War and also says that the lack of social and economic justice is also to blame. When he says Pakistani Taliban, he refers to the TTP which was not existent in the 1990’s.

    @ Kailash Shetty, your opinion is devoid of any analysis and again attacks him on his personal life he is divorced and the kids live with the mother, he has never critcised the western people just their foregin policy so please if you have access to the internet use it once in a while to educate yourself.Recommend

  • Jan 9, 2011 - 9:00PM

    For all the people misguiding here, Imran Khan was the first politician to condemn and condole Salman Taseer’s murder and he has called for amendment of the law, saying that it must be properly implemented to get rig of injustice against minorities and other victims.

  • Asit
    Jan 9, 2011 - 9:21PM

    Khan has lots his senses… thought he is one of the better guys… but now no more hopesRecommend

  • Arsalan Khan
    Jan 9, 2011 - 9:28PM

    Imran Khan is right that there is a sound reason for the blasphemy laws legislation Pakistan. He is also right that “War on Terror” has increased terrorism in Pakistan. The Saudi Arabia based Wahhabi groups are also involved in sectarian terrorism against Shias in Pakistan and around the world. The India based/supported terrorist groups are also flaming the existing tensions among religious/ethnic groups in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jan 9, 2011 - 9:35PM

    He doesn’t live in contemporary Pakistan, he has no understanding of his history in spite of having lived for most of it. And he wonders why he doesn’t get votes.

    Mr. Imran Khan, the Muslim League was engaged in jihad in the NWFP BEFORE Pakistan was a country. It isn’t an American invention. The War on Terror wasn’t even a thought in Bush’s mind at that time.Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 9, 2011 - 10:07PM

    Imran Bhai, Why your sons are residing in England and not studying in some Maddrassa and being beaten ruthlessly by a Mullah. Why its right for you and not for others.Recommend

  • Jan 9, 2011 - 10:47PM

    Killing of s.Taseer is a great tragedy under the pretext of religion.He became scape goat to the party,s survival and to divert media attention of the current political crises.His party elite seems to be part of this murder conspiracy.
    Imran khan is a serious,sincere and scientific politician.He is not corrupt like the rest of the political community.Every one of them ls corrupt in one way or another.
    The masses are illiterate and ignorant,and are easily exploited by ,both, political and religious leadership.Religion is the greatest catalyst to fire up masses to achieve political milestones.
    Imran khan is a great obstacle in the way of,both, political and religious leadership.
    Pakistan needs a leader like Khan to bring peace and prosperity contributing the same to the world.Recommend

  • Zofeen T. Ebrahim
    Jan 9, 2011 - 11:27PM

    Khan sahib has his facts wrong…In the Uk and Wales the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel were abolished by the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. I also think the writer of this report should get this fact counter-checked from a lawyer and make the necessary corrections so the readers are not misinformed. Recommend

  • MOZ
    Jan 9, 2011 - 11:31PM

    Somebody should tell this self appointed expert on Blasphemy that there were similar killings and hate even before American troops invaded Afghanistan. He is always going to have excuses. Recommend

  • faqir hamim masoom
    Jan 9, 2011 - 11:46PM

    im disappointed in Imran Khan’s statement, i wish there was a political party i could side with in this issue, but guess not. Recommend

  • Santoshouille
    Jan 9, 2011 - 11:56PM

    Great piece of speech ; inspiring speech of the century Mr.Khan ; you’re not bad at all in your few mins exclusive speech on Express News . Tremendous efforts was seen as you said something like this ; we become powerful in the face of our fears when we have a sense that we make a difference in this world.
    Absolutely ! You understand ; What do muslims believe ? Remember ! Pakistan is one of the Islamic Republic in South Asia which deals with muslim civilizations and muslim futures
    .Unfortunately, The Nation is under attack as it considers as one of the extreme dangerous and complicated nation in entire world . And moreover it’s never to easy to be a great civilian leader in this part of the world as it is facing a financial crisis & political crisis . The obvious question is ; This nation requires quick result in it’s infrastructure and development . But How it could be possible ? Like Imran said ; The world is placed into war ; and there is something going totally wrong ; Most of the time , innocents Pakistanis are their victims . Why does it happen only with Pakistanis than and now ?
    In short , everything takes time but necessary plan should be required to overcome this sort of pressure . What’s actually is the plan ? It’s the idea that brings stability in Pakistan . So, Mr. Khan , Keep your hope alive and fight back for Pakistan . Keep It up ! Recommend

  • Amna
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:01AM


    You know what people like you don’t even understand what Imran Khan says and just like to comment.

    He has never said that Pakistan does not have extremism before 2004. He says we did not have suicide bombings before 2004. This is true. He also says Pakistan did not have militant Taliban (operating against Pakistan and its people) before 9/11. Yes, Pakistan is seeing an increase in extremism and militancy and intolerance. So, yes he is very right.

    If you people can not find the actual root of a problem, you will not be able to overcome the problem. Calling Pakistanis stupid, or intolerant or whatever else, is really not going to bring a change.Recommend

  • yamna javed
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:15AM

    i totallly agree with the ideology of imran khan (the great leader). The one who is aganist islam should not be beared . there should be implementation of rules and regulations that may not cause these blasphemy cases…….!!!!Recommend

  • Imran Mohammad
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:25AM

    He is right. This phony war on terrorism has led us to this predicament. More importantly the way this war is being waged is leading to more extremism. Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:36AM

    IK has condemned the killing of ST like a 1000 times…

    He is absolutely right about the blasphemy law… it is has sound reasons for existence.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:41AM

    Not only England, but India also has Blasphemy Law. But, the Constitution and the Courts make sure they are implemented in the true spirit.

    That cannot happen in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:46AM

    Somehow equating everything with the war on terror has not really helped in anyway . I am partially for what Mr. Khan says about how to handle the on ground situation with intelligence sources and foot soldiers, but then again not everything is because of the war on terror.
    I think Imran Khan being the politician he has been since the beginning had to flow with the tide towards whatever the main public opinion pointed towards. He has been doing this and well I guess being a leader he needs to take some stands ..

    I was surprised by his stance on the blasphemy law and the case on Aasia bibi in november here is a clip fo that
    but i guess now he would be singing the same song as well. Recommend

  • Emeth
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:58AM

    I think the end of Islam is near due to countries like Pakistan. A house divided cannot stand… and Islam is divided everywhere on the globe. Most victims of islamic violence are fellow muslims. With such friends you dont need any enemyRecommend

  • Romm
    Jan 10, 2011 - 1:39AM

    Our Prophet’s (PBUH) teaching were not to kill but to love Humans. If He did not believe in Tolerance, the fate of old Lady who used to throw Garbage on him would have been Examplry punishment but he (PBUH) went to see her when She Fell Sick. So pls stop talking Violence in the name of Islam, which means Salamti.Recommend

  • A
    Jan 10, 2011 - 1:42AM

    @Kailash. Imran Khan’s ex wife is a Muslim and so therefore his children are NOT raised in an ‘infidel’s household.Recommend

  • The Dead Man
    Jan 10, 2011 - 3:23AM

    Dear IMran
    The seeds of what we see today were not sown 10 years ago with 9 11. they were not even sown 33 years ago with the advent of Zia’s reign of mutation. They were sown 63 yrs ago when we decided to divide a country into multiple pieces based on the principles of intolerence (I refuse to live with my neighbor because he does not eat a cow). We called it the Two Nation theory. Even after the debacle of 71, we refuse to accept that the theory was flawed, and continue along the same path. Yesterday it was the Hindus in united India that we refused to live with; today it’s the minorities in what’s left of the so called land of the pure. Tommorow it’ll be the Shias and day after tommorow the barelvies vs the Wahabis and so on. 
    Just wait, this is simply the beginning. Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Jan 10, 2011 - 4:08AM

    Imran Khan does not have guts to say what he really wants to say — he tip toes around the issue and ends up empowering the extremists. How does IK want history to remember him? like an ordinary Pakistani politician or a statesman? If he wants to be a statesman then he has to take issues like this head on.
    At present PTI’s policies and those of Jamat Islami are no different. So why would I ever vote for PTI? If Godforbid if I was inclined that way I would just vote JI.Recommend

  • Jan 10, 2011 - 5:14AM

    Everything belongs to war on terror for Imran Khan. Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 10, 2011 - 5:40AM

    Imran Khan is probably the only guy
    who talks sense. As long as people
    like you are in this country, we will
    continue to suffer under incompetent
    leaders like the corrupt ones now.
    Vote for Imran Khan if you want change

    @ABCDEFG: If I wanted taliban rule then there is already North Waziristan for that. Thanks but no thanks.Recommend

  • Ali Zaidi
    Jan 10, 2011 - 5:56AM

    I agree with Imran Khan.Recommend

  • sandy
    Jan 10, 2011 - 6:13AM

    hey Imran, did you actually go to Oxford??Recommend

  • Dead Man
    Jan 10, 2011 - 6:30AM

    Dear Imran et al,

    The seeds of what we see today were not sown 10 years ago with 9 11. They were not even sown 33 years ago during Zia’s reign of organized cultural mutation. They were sown 63 yrs ago when we decided to divide a country into multiple pieces based on the principles of intolerence (I refuse to live with my neighbor because he does not eat a cow). We called it the Two Nation theory. Even after the debacle of 71, we refuse to accept that the theory was flawed, and continue along the same path. Yesterday it was the Hindus in united India that we refused to live with; today it’s the Christians (and their perceived supporters) in what’s left of the so called land of the pure. Tomorrow it’ll be the Shias and day after tomorrow the barelvies vs the Wahabis and so on.
    Just wait; for this is simply the beginningRecommend

  • GG
    Jan 10, 2011 - 6:46AM

    I have a great deal of respect for Imran Khan the cricketer but Imran Khan the politician doesn’t make any sense. I think he has lost his mind and should just keep quiet to not lose whatever little respect people still have for him for the great player he once was.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jan 10, 2011 - 7:10AM

    “…punishment for anything being said against any religious personality

    Quite a bold statement! One wonders if that will be Imran Khan’s position vis-a-vis the laws against Admadis if and when he is able to form a government in the future. Recommend

  • Salman
    Jan 10, 2011 - 8:49AM

    This was really stupid connectionRecommend

  • Ahmed Iqbalabadi
    Jan 10, 2011 - 9:19AM

    Imran khan is just outright crazy. People can give sacrifices of their own lives, but they cant take sacrifice from someone else!Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Jan 10, 2011 - 9:30AM

    Bang on Mr. Imran Khan… The only person in Pakistan which can bring the so called Inqilab. What ever he says does stsrt making sense…!Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Jan 10, 2011 - 10:21AM

    All these comments clearly indicate how polarized and intolerant is our society. Seems like the whole nation knows no path and going directionless. A deep understanding, knowledge and research needs to be done on our religion to make ourselves in direction. If we don’t thoroughly understand our religion then I am afraid this polarization would grow stronger.

    Also, lets not bring personal clashes with the personalities, but focus on what one says. Accept if the person is right even if you cant stand his sight for a bit.Recommend

  • Adi
    Jan 10, 2011 - 10:23AM

    for once i agree with Mr. Khan!!Recommend

  • Asad Shairani
    Jan 10, 2011 - 10:51AM

    What about people like Ilm Din and who vowed to kill Rushdie etc? Which war-on-terror was being fought then?Recommend

  • ibex999
    Jan 10, 2011 - 10:51AM

    The argument is simple.
    A man was gunned down. The killer was caught.
    Try him in the court, and let court decide what to do with him under the law.
    Rest is just debate.Recommend

  • Asad M
    Jan 10, 2011 - 10:53AM

    I am afraid of gem like Imran Khan being highly exposed and promoted ( perhaps wrongly) by media to say something about Blashphemy Law (refer to his interview at Karachi airport). By this, he will speak at least something and when he will speak, its about so many newspapers to put what he says in their own colors and shades and so many news channel to show it repeatedly and so many anchors to held debate with him on this topic. That would again create great misunderstanding about Imran’s views about blasphemy and blasphemy law (two different things).
    We can’t afford to lose a person like him so its my desire and request that he should refrain himself from speaking on this topic in public after this, because there is no such use of debating this law outside the parliament and he is still not there. People having no research based study of Islam are mixing “debating on blasphemy law” with “blasphemy” itself and that will only provoke extremists murderers like Qadri to kill people in the name of Islam and then will give political mileage to all religious political party to shine their politics on it.
    @ Azhar Masood, I support your view point. I add that in order to restrain them, Qadri should immediately be sentenced to death in charge of murder as per Pakistani Law, what they are waiting for???Recommend

  • zoya
    Jan 10, 2011 - 11:13AM

    Qadri is a murderer he shud be charged
    we all know what they are waiting forRecommend

  • zoya
    Jan 10, 2011 - 11:15AM

    i agree Mr.KhanRecommend

  • ggffg
    Jan 10, 2011 - 11:39AM


    what is reasoning

    should learn mathsRecommend

  • Jan 10, 2011 - 11:56AM

    @ Asad Shairani

    I wonder what would have been your stance had Rushdie talked dirty about your mama? I think you are a type of person who is obsessed with War on Terror being ‘RIGHTFUL’. Recommend

  • Waqas ur Rahman
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:52PM

    SPOT ON.

    Jaanay kab kaun kisay maar dey kafir keh k
    Shehr ka shehr MUSALMAN hua phirta hai…Recommend

  • Raheel
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:56PM

    salman’s own party backed out called it political murder and Sharif couldn’t have been hypocrite suggesting he should have been careful ?… Imran is among few who had the courage and guts to say this openly and at a place where it matters most …..instead on twitter, face book and sophisticated looking blogs which are full of confirmation bias ? in language 2/3 of Pakistani’s don’t even understand.

    and let’s just admit it, he has lot of conviction in his statement, the coercion between mullahs westernized liberals will never end…..Rule of law shall decide the matter not Violence….regardless fact what is the general sentiment of so called majority…Recommend

  • faraz
    Jan 10, 2011 - 1:18PM


    So we had extremist militias based in Pakistan who were armed to the teeth but they werent carrying out suicide attacks. So Imran says we should never have touched these violent groups. Absolutely genius!

    For your information, they were not attacking inside Pakistan because they were attacking elsewhere; thats why they were called strategic assets. 911 made it impossible to continue our support for these groups which were involved in Afghanistan or Kashmir. More than 2 dozen groups were based in pakistan before 911. Before 911, we had many voilent sectarian terrorist groups which have now merged with TTP. Top shura of TTP consists of members of LeJ; they are no romantic pushtoon nationalists.

    Imran says that these violent militias should not be touched. I agree, if we start dumping them elsewhere, their activities inside Pakistan will decrease. But thats not possible anymore; we are considered the global hub of terrorism; we have no other option but to get rid of them. These groups want to take over the state, like in Swat. They didnt bring justice as Imran wanted us to believe; after Nizam-e-Adl agreement they advanced into Buner. By the way, why do pushtoon nationalists blow up schools?

    I may vote for Imran because he is an honest man; but his over-simplified analysis regarding terrorism and foreign policy is laughable to say the least. Recommend

  • wazdan
    Jan 10, 2011 - 2:01PM

    This law is nice for killing your opponent, what about those who use it without proof.any law for them or leaving as it is having no denial of accused.this is a law which will be remembered as innocent ofter DEATH.Recommend

  • Hassan Bokhari
    Jan 10, 2011 - 2:18PM

    Im not a person who supports Imran Khan in a political sense… but i agree 100% with him on this point..Recommend

  • Waqas Ahmed
    Jan 10, 2011 - 4:05PM

    @Maulana Diesel
    JI is porttraying qadri as a hero and they didn’t condemned his act while Imran condemned Qadri’s act and even reception given to him at Anti terrorism court, and even asserts that “he should be treated like any other murderer”. So where is the similarity between PTI and JI, at least I fail to see one.Recommend

  • Jan 10, 2011 - 4:12PM

    Disappointed to read all the above comments. Please read first & then write. May God bless this country & show us the truth path.Recommend

  • Jan 10, 2011 - 4:25PM

    It is very disappointing that National Leaders like Imran Khan are covering the truth in their statements regarding war going on in Pakistan. Religion is one of the factor or a tool of the anti-Pakistani forces. I mean the background of Qadri’s action is clash and battle between WHABISs and BRAILWIS in this country. In this connection all wahabis from Central Asia and Saudia were directed to reach Pakistan for this great cause. Mr. Imran Khan do you disagree?Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jan 10, 2011 - 4:26PM

    Imran Khan is a confused soul. He has been more of a vocal supporter for taliban and their ilk than anyone else except the mullas for years now. He has confused the Pakistani public more in trying to identify himself with the right wing, jingoistic, slogan chanting clergy than with most moderate and liberal leaders (few lonely voices) and has done more damage to the social fabric of this nation by talking nonsense and advocating conspiracy theories repeatedly.

    I dont question his personal character or his intentions. He appears to be a man of convictions but so were Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler.


  • Insaf aik junoon
    Jan 10, 2011 - 5:53PM

    Those who criticizing Imran must realize that they are extremists themselves, left wing extremists who are too blind to see the actual issue on hand. Which is the increase in extremism in the name of Islam. Qadri is a product of that extremism which is prevalent in our society due to the actions of US in our neighboring country.Recommend

  • Najaf Afghan
    Jan 10, 2011 - 6:21PM

    thumbs up Imran Khan! I think i can join Tehreek e Insaaf now!Recommend

  • Bahram
    Jan 10, 2011 - 6:49PM

    agree to what khan saab says, but ! khan saab mentions that the cause for this is the US war on terror, isnt the war itself the terror ? isnt US not fighting against Islam ? khan saab is very ignorant about the facts of 9 11 aswell
    KHAAN SAAB !! INSIDE JOBBBBB !!!!Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Jan 10, 2011 - 6:59PM

    Such is the caliber of our “leaders” (like Mr. Imran), who keep switching their position regarding the different faces (talibans, terrorists or extremists by any other name) of the same menace threatening the country. Mr. Imran should stop defending the terrorism in any shape or form. And by the way, who gave the killer (Mr. Mumtaz) a “hero’s” welcome? None other than the lawyers (the corrupt-most NODE of the Police/judiciary chain)!Recommend

  • Jan 10, 2011 - 7:26PM

    contrary to the few comments here disagreeing with Imran Khan, I think he does make sense when he is trying to connect the war on terror with people like Qadri fearing Islam is in danger. Post 9/11 and since the ‘war on terror’ project initiated, there has been constant criticism on Muslims around the world…hence when the sensitive issue of blasphemy surfaced here, emotions got the better of people like Qadri and they thought its better that they take action themselves. this reaction wasnt triggered by one Asia bibi’s case but because over the years (post 9/11) anti islamic views around the world have silently taken place in our minds resulting in actions we as a nation are divided uponRecommend

  • Sabika SP
    Jan 10, 2011 - 7:47PM

    I read this article online:

    It quotes Mr Imran Khan saying, “Even England has a blasphemy law and there is a sound reason for this…”

    Well, I would like to inform him that England abolished the blasphemy law in 2008… and there is a sound reason for this.

    Another thing I would like to mention, which is only my personal opinion, is that no one is asking to remove the law completely, but to make amendments to prevent its misuse. And, I strongly believe the punishment for such crime cannot be the death penalty or wouldn’t our prophets have murdered all their contemporaries?

    Gustakhi maaf karna.Recommend

  • saleem muhammad
    Jan 10, 2011 - 8:34PM

    Imran makes no sense, as always!!!Recommend

  • bilal
    Jan 10, 2011 - 8:47PM

    @ Asif (first comment) You are saying that we are in tolerant and terrible and simultaneously you are saying IK as stupid? You could have said that you differ from his opinion.Recommend

  • Hassan Aftab
    Jan 10, 2011 - 8:53PM

    This is how Imran protects himself from the violance perpetrated by the bigots by blaming the americans. Recommend

  • Akhlaque
    Jan 11, 2011 - 1:03AM

    I fully agree with Zeb (second comment)Recommend

  • Waqas Ahmed
    Jan 11, 2011 - 1:40AM

    Pakistani ssocietgy has been polarized now and the country is surely on the verge of being imploded. Its time that the nation should get united to face the challenges rather than further dividing the society and end up destroying this country.
    STOP this self-destruction please!Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 3:40AM

    Finally Imran Khan without drone attacks and Amereeka ki sazish.

    Appreciated. Recommend

  • imran
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:11AM

    I agree with Imrans point of view because if we look at other muslim countries where people trust the government and countries not ruled by The USA ..those countries r able to solve their own internal problems in a better way and people dont have the kind of mindset that people have in pakistan…..for example countries like saudi arabia,malaysia indonesia etc people over there trust their government to handle these kind of problems without leaving any minconception..Recommend

  • Asterix
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:38AM

    Imran Khan stick to cricket or fundraising or whatever else it is you do. Just stop being an apologist for Mullahs.Recommend

  • Om
    Jan 11, 2011 - 5:22AM

    For once Imran has taken the right stand and condemned terrorism without ifs and buts. Thanks Imran.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jan 11, 2011 - 6:42AM

    Sanity check anyone? Just because we are sick of hearing about the War on Terror doesn’t mean it’s not there and affecting our everyday lives. It’s not a school play or a television drama that we simply switch the channel if we get sick of hearing/watching about it. The war on terror is a REALITY, and WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT because it’s in our backyard.

    No matter how much you blame Imran for linking everthing to the WOT, he is simply stating the facts, as much as you hate to accept them. Have courage, speak out against the WOT, not like the murderer Qadri, but like a scholar/intellectual Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 11, 2011 - 7:58AM

    While IK has his heart in the right place, its too bad that the man really is rather naive about other things. I have to agree with GG, he really is not suited for politics! On another note, we really have to get rid of these mullahs if we want to move forward. Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:05AM

    Dear Brother Imran, Allah Rabul Izat created each and every thing is according to the system. And there is only one man who likes to be implement the system in Pakistan. Regarding the comments, you can say that because of unavailability of system, people don’t believe on the gov’t, justice is not their, education is not their, any thing can be happen. To avoid all these things we have to have strong system. Recommend

  • No BS
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:17AM

    First, he rightly condemded the murder of Governor Taseer, second he wants law to take its due course. Third, he wants to eradicate this menace in our society forever by proposing practical solutions including ending the war.

    If someone has a better solution please come forward, we would welcome it. Anything to stop this madnessRecommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:19AM

    Correct me if I am wrong but is Imran Khan the first politician to call Qadri, a murderer.Recommend

  • SA
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:27AM

    Quite sensible approach of Mr. Khan’s, specially when he talks about the society being polarized. Having read the comments above, one couldn’t agree more to his statement!!Recommend

  • Saleem Hassan
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:50AM

    Isnt it painful that these Qadri types are our faith fellows!!!Recommend

  • Fawzia
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:00AM

    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.

    Such a statement could only come from a person like Mr.Imran Khan.

    We truly need a leader like him. Good Luck Sir.Recommend

  • Timur Beg
    Jan 11, 2011 - 12:02PM

    I agree with you Zeb, Saudi Arabia is one country responsible to further its agenda of wahhabism and in the process to have destroyed our country!!
    And yet we in Pakistan we believe in the type of Islam coming from ther. We must realize that this Type of islam is only 70years old and nothing to do with what was before that.Recommend

  • Om
    Jan 11, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Thank God he is for once not being the Politcal Spokesman of the killers. For once he did not say you should talk to killers. Otherwise he is so stupid all the time.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Jan 11, 2011 - 2:53PM

    @The Dead Man

    It’s funny how Indians disguise themselves and try to pretend they’re Pakistani. Nobody questions the two nation theory in Pakistan, everyone accepts it and rightfully so. So keep your mouth closed if you have nothing productive to add to the debate. Bangladesh is just another Pakistan to your east and don’t forget that. How else can you explain what’s happening in the Northeast? LOL. Khair, that’s another issue.

    @Anti-Imran Big English Word Writing People
    Imran Khan makes a valid point, and to those who are criticising him maybe instead of trying to act smart with your big English words, try and put 1 + 1 together.

    Extremism in prior to 2001 barely existed, today it’s growing. The War on Terror has fuelled this without question, the tactics used by Western forces are only making more terrorists, that’s a common notion everyone agrees on. Imran Khan doesn’t support the Taliban but he realizes these are people within our society. To simply drop bombs on them is not going to solve anything, maybe for people living halfway around the world it will, but not for Pakistan.

    Mumtaz Qadri and people like him are a prime example. Middle aged, confused and poor – very common these days in Pakistan where the government is telling us one thing and doing something completely different thanks to the cronies in Washington. Mullahs take advantage of such people, and voila you get suicide bombings and killings such as this one.

    I don’t support everything Imran Khan says or does, but it seems as though he’s damned one way or another, you people all have this vendetta against him, calling him a cricketer. At least he is an accomplished cricketer, what can other politicians in Pakistan be credited for other than robbing State Bank dry?

    Grow up people and rock on Imran!Recommend

  • aliq
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:36PM

    Those who are expressing their views against Imran are the ones who dont want to know the Root Cause Analysis of our problems. I strongly believe the extremist elements rising in our society because of this STUPID War on Terror. Recommend

  • Taimy
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:49PM

    Shame on all of you who never understood what Imran had to say. Imran has unequivocally condemned the murder of Salman Taseer many times. He is the one brave leader who actually said that blasphemy law should not be used against the minorities and that there must be a mechanism including amendment in the law to ensure that, EVEN after the death of Taseer when most of Pakistani leaders were QUIET and didn’t say anything. Imran has risked his political standing by commenting on this issue frequently unlike any other leader in Pakistan.

    His talking about war on terror is very impportant. Understand it. The war on terror creates an environment in which most of Pakistani Muslim feel that Islam is under threat, that west is trying to destroy Islam. This is the propaganda used by the mullahs to brainwash public. Furthermore this war has killed tens of thousands of innocent people, which in itself is evil. So within this extremist atmosphere fostered by the war on terror, how can Pakistan objectively deal with its own internal extremism? Mullahs will brainwash people that it is a Western ploy and the people, who see what the war on terror is doing and who don’t believe one word of this CORRUPT government, will riot and protest as they did on the blasphemy issue. Can you solve anything like that?

    On the contrary Imran proposes to end this war on terror which is causing misery and mayhem on one hand and extremism on the other so that the new wave of extremism in Pakistan could end. The internal home grown extremism can then be dealt with by the government and the civil society through education and long term policies. It can’t be solved in a few days. However, if a government is perceived by people as trustworthy, uncorrupted and independent of foreign influence (unlike the current one), it can take better measures against home grown extremism without mullahs playing the western card and without people going against it in their reaction to what they perceive to be the “war on Islam”. Recommend

  • faraz
    Jan 11, 2011 - 5:33PM


    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.Recommend

  • nasir
    Jan 11, 2011 - 7:24PM

    qadri's act got nothing to do with war on terror coz qadri' sect bralvi got no problem with war on terror.they support war on terror.if qadri was from other sect wahabi than we cud say its becuz of war of imran khan is wrong to link ST murder with war of terror.but i thi k imran khan dont know about this difference.he is so obsesed with war on terror.everything happens in pakistan imran link it to war on terror try to prove that he is many bralvis been killed by people against whome america is fighting a war so those terrorist are common enemy of america and bralvis.

    Jan 11, 2011 - 7:44PM

    Imran needs tappin on should for not bowing down to people who think Qadri has done something very good.

    Although, Imran has been very soft on taliban, but this time he has done something very appreciatable.

    I think Mian Rashid Hussain has been taking the lead in challenging taliban…while Imran is condemning the murder of Taseer..from the conservative wings.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 9:13PM

    Well said Imran :)Recommend

  • ziauddin
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:13PM

    There is no difference in Munawwar Hassan, Fazlurrahman and any other cleric. He is a shaved mullah. Linking every thing with war on terror is his share shallowness.Recommend

  • Fatima Hamid
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:49PM

    I want to ask mr. Imran Khan if and when he comes into poiwer if he will have the guts to amend the implementation of this black law Recommend

  • Mubarak
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:45AM

    Mullahs are going to declare Imran Khan as a Blasphemer and deal with him just like they dealt with Salmaan Taseer through some Qadri etc. Imran Khan sahib watch your back please.Recommend

  • Zynga
    Jan 12, 2011 - 1:27AM

    imran khan is obsesed by the war on terror and links everything to it. Dangerously stupid.Recommend

  • Jay
    Jan 12, 2011 - 2:00AM

    I get really irritated by this claim to be an Islamic state… what kind of a farce are you people living in???? Where do you see Islam in its real spirit and practice???? Completely idiotic to even think that we are or can be an islamic republic with the way we have been functioning… look around first at the way we live and are as a nation!! Islam is a way of life, not just about praying in a mosque or paying zakat… I get sick each year with the disgusting practice of showing off animals and using them as status symbol at Eid ul Adha… storing up freezers with meat that is meant to be shared with the ones who can’t afford it otherwise… this is just one example! Wake up!! Recommend

  • Shahid Mahmood
    Jan 12, 2011 - 10:54AM

    @ The Dead Man,
    It would be more better for u to remain dead, rather to comment like this. in urdu saying ” MURDA BOLLAY GA TO KAFAN PHAR KAY BOLAY GA” o bhai, what should i comment on your statement simply u may be right on totally wrong points.Recommend

  • Umarz
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:06PM

    “Mullahgardi” well said by one. There are not two opinions on Namoos-e-Risalat (saw) [read surah LAHAB as well] but Islam is religion of JUSTICE. At one side mullah says that they will not let this law changed and on the other side they did not lodge any FIR against Salman Taseer. On one side they say Pakistan justice system can not guarantee JUSTICE, on the other side they want to retain the law. Please beware of fantaism and fitnaizm. We need to educate our society not only the TOLERANCE but RATIONALITY and JUSTICE THINKING. It is shoking to see some lawyers and educated people to support a murderer. another day I was watching Express and a baba g in Sialkot was repeatedly saying that they will kill Mugheess and brother (two kids killed in silakot) again in same style. Y Y Y?

    Just an example: According to Quran, a zani should be prosecuted on the witnesses of FOUR; but what if there are only three? and all three are pious people. No way, Quran never allows HADD in this case.

    And the best thing for Namoos-e-Risalat (saw) is to mend ourselve according to quranic education; and no one including me will do that; because why should we stop pornography, lies, terrorization, interest in gender, intolernace, abuses, corruption, haram and and and and ….Recommend

  • Uni HiT Me
    Jan 13, 2011 - 3:43AM

    Dont Play with fire….Recommend

  • Jan 13, 2011 - 12:09PM

    ????????????????? confusion not clear story ???????Recommend

  • Disoza
    Jan 14, 2011 - 9:09AM

    Imran Khan lost his respect in my eyes.Recommend

  • Asma
    Jan 14, 2011 - 11:48PM

    I’m just wondering how people are so stupid .. God help us ……i m very worried aboutRecommend

  • mahmood
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:12AM

    what are you doing for your country????how tolarent r you???Recommend

  • Nasir
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:19AM

    Thank u ImranRecommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 20, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Imran Khan is the only person who makes sense. People who are against him are on either of the two extreams of the polarized society he talks aboutRecommend

  • Abdu Samad
    Jan 21, 2011 - 2:19AM

    Fanatic Mullahs area cancer for Pakistan. They do not see Noble Quran which contains whole Islamic Law but in order to validate Murder of Taseer, they are presenting fake hadiths that validate law of Jungle. Prophet never said such kind of hadiths that contradict laws of Quran

    Summary: Mullahs are Cancer for Pakistan and Shame for Muslim Umma. They must be wiped off.Recommend

  • Shahpar
    Feb 1, 2011 - 12:19AM

    i totally agree with u..same has happened to me…imran khan lost his respect in my eyes…i dun even wanna c his face any more…a person who doesnt even know wot r the teachings of ISLAM wotz the respect n status of Islamic law…thatz disgusting…truly hopeless!!!Recommend

  • Shahpar
    Feb 1, 2011 - 12:22AM


    i’m with u on these words u wrote..

    qadri’s act got nothing to do with war on terror coz qadri’ sect bralvi got no problem with war on terror.they support war on terror.if qadri was from other sect wahabi than we cud say its becuz of war of imran khan is wrong to link ST murder with war of terror.but i thi k imran khan dont know about this differenceRecommend

  • Shahpar
    Feb 1, 2011 - 12:35AM

    @Saleem Hassan:

    no man…qadri types r the pride of our religion but ppl like u who have no basics of ISLAM n its laws r the painful reality of ISLAM!HUH!

    better go open n read Quran o Hadith first….c wot ALLAH n Prophet says abt a blasphemer…any disrespect of this law is the disrespect of Prophet n its blasphemy go read it…qadri atleast knows wots the respect of Prophet n ur gonna c his status on the day of judgement InshaALLAH but u plz better worry for urself…wot wud u answer when ALLAH wud ask wot was ur reaction when this n that was talking against my laws…????Recommend

  • Shahpar
    Feb 1, 2011 - 12:39AM


    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.Recommend

  • Abdul
    Feb 4, 2011 - 4:57PM

    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.Recommend

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