Someone always to kill

Published: January 11, 2011

At some point in time, a lot of the citizens of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan quietly renounced their citizenship to become ‘Takfiristanis’. They took upon themselves the right to declare anyone they willed a non-Muslim and gave themselves the right to murder.

I was always under the impression that ghazis in history were men and women of valour, who stared death in the face and didn’t flinch because the mettle of their belief was so strong. So as it emerges that the killer of Salmaan Taseer, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, is a ‘ghazi’ to many, it’s odd that he allegedly requested the other guards not to kill him. That he killed an unarmed man in cold blood is cowardly, that he wanted his life spared is cowardly. That doesn’t sound courageous to me.

After the killing of Salmaan Taseer, the silent majority of Pakistan finally spoke. They liked it. It didn’t matter what class they were from, what clothes they wore, how many years of education they had. They agreed with murder most foul. But they are still silent on their secret identity as Takfiristanis.

Salmaan Taseer’s record as governor Punjab isn’t exemplary; he was a willing participant in the uncomfortable ‘allies, but not really’ dance between the PML-N and PPP. But whatever the specifics of his tenure, he put his life on the line because he saw an act of injustice and wanted to correct it. It was a morally brave and intellectually honest decision.

He only wanted to amend the law to make sure the honour of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) is not used by people who want to settle personal scores. There is nothing he said that can justify the murder. I wonder how much research Malik Mumtaz Qadri did on the late governor before deciding to extinguish the light from his eyes.

This murder is not an isolated incident. A mosque in Karachi has announced that Sherry Rehman is not a Muslim, no doubt the prayer leader is hoping that there is another Malik Mumtaz Qadri waiting in the wings somewhere. Yet, I am absolutely sure that the imam has not read the private bill tabled by Sherry Rehman. He wants to be able to decide who is, or who is not, a momin by hearsay.

In November, I wrote a piece about the blasphemy law, arguing that the law could be applied to anyone who was made aware of the teachings of Islam yet still remained a non-Muslim. I got a lot of critiques for that interpretation. But then, three weeks later, a doctor was charged under the same law for throwing a man’s business card into the dustbin — the man’s name was Mohammad Faizan.

The man in question, Mohammed Faizan, should have been charged for insulting the name of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), for wrongly accusing another of alleged blasphemy. But no, that’s inviting potentially lethal wrath.

I have heard from many that what Pakistan needs is a real counterterrorism strategy, one that is based on more guns, Kevlar and troops. True, but what happens when there is fanaticism in those charged with countering terrorism? It won’t do anything to tackle the real problem, the mindsets. The plague is very real.

If America leaves Afghanistan tomorrow, the drones stop humming, the Jews of Israel drown in the sea, will that stop the bloodlust? No, they will find new causes and kill Pakistan in the process. And the new cause will be Pakistan itself, if it isn’t already.

There is no easy solution. But we can start incrementally. The media needs to be first. If Meher Bokhari nods her head in approval when someone describes Malik Mumtaz Qadri on the just side of morality, if Hamid Mir and Javed Chaudhry suggest that Salmaan Taseer brought it upon himself, it feeds the monster further.

Rehman Malik unconsciously is also one of them, happily proclaiming that he, too, would kill anyone for an alleged act of true blasphemy. The PML-N has always been a moral pygmy, but one expects better of the PPP after this tragedy.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2011.

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  • Anoop
    Jan 11, 2011 - 12:31AM

    So are you suggesting the radicals are in the majority now?Recommend

  • Gurriya
    Jan 11, 2011 - 12:32AM

    A very well rounded piece, detached from personal judgements,very rational and satiating. Saddening, too. Recommend

  • Postman
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:42AM

    its just like ” majority ” had done with Imam Hussein R.A.

    Same 1000 Molives are standing in the Darbar of Yazeed and saying Imam Hussein R.A is wrong , Nuzubillah Family of Prophet was wrong.

    Dont look after Majority; Look at law and humanity.Recommend

  • Syed
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:42AM

    “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another” Jonathan SwiftRecommend

  • Bilal
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:43AM

    so do u think its the only law to be change ?? what about other laws?? other laws are black law in pakistan.. then why should not change other Laws.. and asia had confessed three times.. she is not innocent.. then why governer thought to change this law and supported her..Recommend

  • Amir
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:53AM

    the problem with ‘leftists’ is that they are NOT secular but always being Anti-Islam…
    in their personal gathering people like the author himself makes fun of the practicing Muslims (aka moderate Muslims) as ‘Rightests’ or even calling them ‘Mullahs’ … just because they pray five times a day and against alcohal drinking.
    I’m way too afraid of Mullah Extremism BUT at the same time I’m afraid of these ‘Leftists’ (AKA Liberal Fascists) !
    Allah Bless Pakistan Recommend

  • amlendu
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:07AM

    …After the killing of Salmaan Taseer, the silent majority of Pakistan finally spoke. They liked it….. How very honest. Now it’s duty of people like you to turn this majority in a minority again. Good luck with that.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:30AM

    Like it. Majority (if at all it is) is not always right. Recommend

  • Rational Guy
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:09AM

    Which proves yet again that democracy is not the solution for every country… If there was TRUE democracy here, every liberal and minority sect and Non muslim and Zaka would have been dead by now :| Say no to democracy.Recommend

  • Ammar
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:50AM

    Expecting research from the author is surprising. I have also heard that the brother of Former Minister of religious affairs Mazhar Saeed Kazmi has declared that Funeral Prayer is NAJAIZ (not right) for the infidel (martyr) Salman Taseer. If it is right then what one can expect from poor Qadri???Recommend

  • maera
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:53AM

    i think radicals are more vocal than the liberals like us who choose to remain quite in order to avoid the situation which has incurred, though i know believe that by not protesting we have created the monsters of radicalism. Recommend

  • shoaib
    Jan 11, 2011 - 12:01PM

    Nicely wrapped (summarized).

    I am seeing stuff on ‘Alarming increase in child sexual abuse cases during 2010’
    Link :

    and ‘Sex education and awareness book launched’ Link :

    We have a situation here and its getting out of control like a , media is playing there role to stop this and neither does Pakistan Telecom Authority.

    There are thousands of Porn websites which display what the person is looking for, whether he/she is an Adult or not. There are videos on rape and other, there are DVD’s widely spread in the society. What I want to say it there should a check, hindrance to such websites or stuff.

    Recently, I came to know of a rape in interior sindh, known as ”zainab bhayo khipro rape”. This girl was raped by 4 guys in rural area of Pakistan, she is studying in grade 9, my question is ‘who is there to stop such incidents’.
    Around 2 to 3 months back we had an incident in which two sisters were raped by policemen, but sorry to say we living in a very happening country and do not have time for the incidents of the past. Neither do we learn from it.

    Currently, in our country I don’t see any future plans for stopping such incidents. My request to the all of you who read this piece and media guys, bloggers..everyone ..please spread the word of awareness.Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Jan 11, 2011 - 12:34PM

    The high spiritual station of our holy Prophet (saw) cannot be tarnished by blasphemers. Allah has prescribed no worldly punishment for blasphemy.
    Mumtaz Qadri is ignorant of true Islam and so are others who advocate a punishment for blasphemy. Recommend

  • Shabbir Afridi
    Jan 11, 2011 - 12:46PM

    There were a lot of other things to take a stand for… that’d have earned him a title of true hero. Like, a stand against the drone attacks…. stand for NO MORE IMF loans…. stand for honesty and modesty…….Ironically, he was trying to save a guilty woman who confessed and admitted. Let this be a “in Your face” slam for all those who are in favour of liberalism and taking religion lightly as a joke… why make a sad face at the cartoons? they were just cartoons ey? NaoZubilah! Recommend

  • Bina
    Jan 11, 2011 - 2:44PM

    A very rational analysis of the whole turmoil,Its sad to read some very fanatic comments about the incidents from the known columnist and political activist (Names of whom are very much obvious)now its ultimate responsibility comes to the shoulders of this minority to educate our surroundings and make inculcate a sense of common amnesty and rational judgment of any epic ,but question arises how……………???Among so much hue and cry who will listen to this sort of extremely 360 degree changed perspective ,,,,,,???Recommend

  • amlendu
    Jan 11, 2011 - 3:02PM

    @ Shabbir Afridi……… Very well said brother…. the things you have said are really eye opening. But the world does not adheres to your principles and judges the communities by more realistic and humanistic yard stick rather than any divine scale.
    So next time there is a devastating flood or crippling food shortage in Pakistan please do not go to the world with a begging bowl. Say NaoZubilah (I don’t know what this mean but assume that it is some kind of condemnation) to the world and starved to death or die of easily curable diseases (The medicines were invented in west and are mostly manufactured outside Pakistan).

    Best of luck with that.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 3:39PM

    Well said Fasi, please keep writing, this country needs minds like you to spread awareness on these crucial issues. Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 4:08PM

    Someone always to kill or to involve state or to act like a gracious judiciary to forgive. Apparently everyone has a problem with opinions in our motherland.Recommend

  • Rashed Khan
    Jan 11, 2011 - 5:45PM

    Loving you Fasi.

    De or Dil inko, jo na de mujh ko zabaan or.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:46PM

    Pakistan is faced with two extremes, religious extremism and liberal or secular extremism. The problem with Salman Taseer trying to amend the blasphemy law is his own background. Mr.Taseer has zero credibility because of his affiliation with the PPP. It is a bit hypocritical for a member of any party religious or secular to speak on the matter. The matter should be left to religious scholars in concert with the judicial apparatus of the country. The law isn’t a problem the procedure is. Salman Taseer murder is tragic, no one should lose their life for having an opinion.Recommend

  • saleem muhammad
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:51PM

    @ shabbir Afridi: Please ask the people of Swat about their opinion of Drone attacks which have killed ben yamin who literally slaughtered so many swaties when talibans were in charge of swat. To my knowledge, they share sweets and greetings with each other to get rid of Ben Yamen through a very lucky drone attack..!!Recommend

  • SH
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:08PM

    What happened to tolerance? i don’t believe that blasphemy laws somehow “uphold” the respect of the Prophet or Islam. The religion itself is alive and well in true Muslims’ hearts, it really does not need defending in laws 1500 years later, especially in a third world country like Pakistan. Does not seem very feasible protecting Islam from “blasphemers”, especially in the form of a poor lady in the rural areas of Pakistan. What am I missing? In America, Christians have a saying that applies to everyday life..”What would Jesus Do?”. In this case, “What Would Muhammad (pbuh) Do? Show tolerance or just start killing people? I like to think my beloved Prophet was a logical, compassionate, and secure human being. Recommend

  • uzma mushtaque
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:13PM

    as usual very well n finely written. i guess laws are made to look for the people who break the laws. if Taseer was breaking a law as it is assumed ,so i guess anyone who had an issue with him should have taken him to the court as every citizzen has the right to do………..very saddening incident….v need to think over it seriouslyyyRecommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 9:17PM

    Good words Fasi, the weird thing is even in Saudi Arabia people can see what is happening and its press calling Salmaan Taseer a shaheed!

    Yet of course not only are we not Pakistan anymore – we are The Mullah Republic of Takfiristan! Dare I suggest that our love of Allah and his Prophet has dissipated and been replaced with the Love of Mullah and his holy utterances to his goat and sheep like followers…

    Allah Bless Pakistanis and give us the determination to stand up as Muslims to face the Jahilliyat of the Mullahs!Recommend

  • Humanity
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:43PM


    Not Saree ul Azaab but Saree ul Hisaab .. My mistake :(

    Moderators, please edit the body of my comment addressed to Fasi, and delete this comment Thank you.Recommend

  • Salman Ahmad Awan
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:29PM

    This is what i’m sayingRecommend

  • Shahid Ashraf
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:38PM

    Nice article Fasi and I agree with you we always need an enemy to put all blames of our short comings… One point about the word Ghazi I’d like to share with you. Ghazi also means “the warior of faith” probably in Persian (Farsi). Mughal emperors were used to award this title during their time. Renowned historian Dr. Mubarak Ali writes this in his article published in The Review in this Sunday’s Dawn.

  • Malik
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:46PM

    Pakistan is faced with two extremes,
    religious extremism and liberal or
    secular extremism.

    What does this mean exactly? How many people have liberals killed against numerous killed by the religious extremists? How can any sane person even begin to compare the two?

    The matter should be left to religious

    Which scholars? You mean political molivs, grave worshippers/murder glorifiers or Taliban supporters?Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 10:48PM

    A moth, bewildered by the magnificent brightness and bemusing luminosity of burning candle flame, diminishes its own worthy existence.
    All the dwellers of the eastern lands easily fall a prey to glittering but stinging temptations of western culture. Young girls overlook eastern dresses that depict innocence and purity of our culture and guard their esteem. Ladies embellish their countenance to attain maximum appreciative glances of people. Students laugh loud and frequently use objectionable “flowery” language to show their expressions and sophisticated “coolness.” Anchors politely interrupt speech of their honorable guests and ask a great amount of bold, confidential questions to tangle and amuse their viewers. Celebrities communicate in foreign language to sound more educated. Working class approves foreign manners and quotes their maxims to impress the boss with their “multinational” knowledge.
    All these factors are combining to pollute the “once refreshing” eastern winds. It is time now to throw off brightly shade lenses from our God-gifted eyes, embrace our placid heritage and adopt serene habits that must become hallmark of our identities.
    Dress up decently, walk with dignity, talk with obedience, laugh with tenderness, interrogate in humble and revered tone. Express yourself in domestic civilized style.
    Avoid temptations of visible bright and luminous flame of so called modernization and be aware of its burning heat. Do not allow your absurdity and lack of sagacity to diminish worthy existence of your dignified culture.
    Sieve the eastern winds and enhance its chastity simply by adding only admirable resins of west into it like high standard education, creativity, hard work, transparency, devotion, integrity and above all “realization of your own worth.”Recommend

  • KS
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:19PM

    What abt those muslims got hurt in EU and other non muslim countries sometimes with any reason. Isnt it a fact that kid of actor imam fakhri and many other muslims becoming victim of religious racism and their ethnicity?Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:19PM

    “He only wanted to amend the law to make sure the honour of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) is not used by people who want to settle personal scores.” Without going into this matter any deeper, I would like to ask that is this the only law in Pakistan which is being misused? Ain’t there any other laws which are misused? Or many others? Why we discuss tolerance and enlightened moderation when it comes to the Holy religion? Now I think we should look into that in a more deeper way.Recommend

  • Rehab Maqsood
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:20PM

    Thank you Fasi. I was waiting to hear from you. This article is very satisfying and your words are exactly what I wanted to hear for someone. Recommend

  • Humanity
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:28PM

    @Fasi ..”In November, I wrote a piece about the blasphemy law, arguing that the law could be applied to anyone who was made aware of the teachings of Islam yet still remained a non-Muslim.

    I believe this statement to be fundamentally against the principles of Islam. There is no justification for a blasphemy law either in the Quran or through the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (SAW). In a nutshell, Allah has reserved the right for Himself to punish for the most grave crime of blasphemy. He does not allow human intervention in this matter. The abuse of blasphemy law is preventable only and only by not having such law. An intentional blasphemer is answerable to Allah, who will choose whatever He pleases to do with the transgressor.

    Islam places highest priority on morals to build and sustain a humane society. This requirement forms the core of the philosophy of punishments in Islam. Otherwise, Islam can never become a way of life that appeal to mankind for all time to come.

    The four offenses, that is, adultery, slandering, murder and theft that the Holy Quran provides specific punishments for, are related to protecting the sanctity of a society by safeguarding life, family institution, property, honor and social order.

    The punishment and retribution laws in Islam are clearly distinct when dealing with matters related to obligations to Allah and those towards to human kind. Man is FORBIDDEN in no uncertain terms from punishing anyone for non-compliance with the obligations to Allah. This distinction liberates a human to utilize his/her free will towards the divine obligations without any human intervention and interference.

    It is the absolute right of God Almighty to punish as He wishes an offender who associate partner with Him, an apostate, a blasphemer, anyone opposing Him and His Messengers, anyone maligning Him and His Messengers in any way. These are severe offenses and God has freed man from the burden of judging on these crimes towards Him. It is His mercy that God Almighty chooses to dispense justice for such crimes Himself. He even spared His most beloved of Prophets for the heavy burden of such judgments by telling the Holy Prophet (SAW), ‘forgive them and turn away from them’ and the Holy Prophet did so.

    The transgressions against God and the Holy Messengers are the gravest offenses that perhaps no punishment in this world can do proper justice. Indeed, Allah is Qahhar and and Sarre ul Hisaab. He, however, does not permit a human to become Qahhar and Saree ul Hisaab. God Almighty has prepared an abasing punishment for such people in the Hereafter.

    Just look around and see the horrible turmoil created by the man-made blasphemy law and similar laws interfering with the divine realm. The very fabric of society is being ripped apart. While trying to be against blasphemy, humans are playing God in their ignorance and arrogance. This is the very reason God forbids the humans from meddling with His affairs. My mind rejects these man-made laws as unacceptable within the Islamic guidelines. They are counter-intuitive to the core of humanity and they negate the very principles of Islam that make it an appealing message of peace for the universe. The negate the God given right of freedom of thought. The blasphemy law makes man a partner with Allah and that is the the real mother of a blasphemy.

    I am a feeble, frail human. I’d rather leave the judgment of the gravest of offenses towards Allah and all Holy persons and symbols in the hands of My Creator. My belief, as I understand it, is according to His Holy Book and as I have learnt from the practical examples of His beloved Prophet (SAW). I’d rather not have the audacity to look beyond this guidance to any mufti, any dictator, or any parliament who tells me otherwise. My mind and soul are at peace with my belief.

    May the Ghafoor ur Raheem forgive us and have mercy on all. May He guide the stray to the right path. Ameen.Recommend

  • Hassan Shahzad
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:29PM

    I believe that late salman taseer didn’t know how to express himself.he was always criticized by thr muslim scholars cause of the strong words he used. he was also reported saying “ye molvi meri jooti ki nook pe b nahi”
    I believe that he was killed because of the reason that he did not know the appropriate language.Recommend

  • faiza
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:41PM

    How is the murder of Salman Taseer any different from the lynching of the two brothers in Sialkot? who are we to be judge, jury and executioners? How can we take the law in our own hands and decide who to riddle with bullets just because we have differences in opinion? We are heading towards a lawless society where AKs are plenty and lives are cheap.Recommend

  • Agha
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:05AM

    All hope is lost for us. The roots were laid by Zia-ul-Haq and now they are growing till they will fully engross whole of Pakistan. After this incident I think my patriotism has just died. I hope you continue to write like this and open some minds which are brainwashed by media. Recommend

  • adil
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:13AM

    zindabad fasi for naming those who abetted the murderer! Recommend

  • ali allah
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:30AM

    every one should ponder over it that right is always might,,,Jews are in minority but they are leading the world under their nose,,,,,zardari should wake up now enough is enough,,,,killing and murder of PPP,s leader is not new ,,,,,our foolish mullah.s are turning the society into stone age,,,,,a brave man with iron will can protect the nation from the verge of hell driven by matric pass mulla,s….Recommend

  • fedup
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:33AM

    Chup rehe gi zuban e khanjar, lahoo pukaray ga asteen ka.
    Thought provoking article. Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahmad
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:39AM

    Totally agree with you!Recommend

  • a pakistani
    Jan 12, 2011 - 1:09AM

    To all who have claimed “liberals” are extremists, can they give any example where a liberal has killed a mullah or his follower
    For not agreeing with him?Recommend

  • Cyber Troop
    Jan 12, 2011 - 1:17AM

    I have also been trying to put forth the same point (of view which Fasi speaks in this article) among my friends, colleagues but no one is willing to think out of the box and all are just claiming themselves to be the utmost right intellectuals. Most of the people to whom I have speaked, about this topic are of the view that Mr. Governor will be burning at the lowest ends of hell, but my argument to such people is: Who are we to Judge about the eternal life of some one, Now its between Him and His God. But the overall response to the incident shows that majority of our nation is still under the influence of sensationalized news and quack Moulvis who call them selves Aalem -E- Deen.Recommend

  • Qasim
    Jan 12, 2011 - 2:44AM

    Why Govt people didn’t protect the innocent people of waziristan from US attack as they were very anxious about to escape a culprit Aisa.And always keep in mind if you abolish this law there will a routine matter that some one kills by muslim hand because now we wait for justice.when law get abolished then we did not wait and tolerate the blaspheme of Our beloved prophet and kill the culprit at spot…Recommend

  • bilal
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:01AM

    stop laughingRecommend

  • Bilal Afridi
    Jan 12, 2011 - 4:28AM

    we agree with ur point…but Prophacy are Prophacy…so wait for Imam Mehdi to come….before that nothing would change no matter how we react…so keep waiting folks if u r the true believers…coz we have no other real optionRecommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 10:59AM

    I am not Muslim, but even I know so much of Islam – Allah is always right. He has said it all in the Quran, and he has said it so that every Muslim can understand and know for himself.

    So, if Allah tells Muslims to protect innocents, and mullahs tell Muslims to kill the protectors, how is it that in the land of the pure, the mullahs are winning? The killer is proclaimed a ghazi by supposed branch offices of Allah? Worse, how are they using a man made law to kill someone for following what is written in the Quran?

    The Mullahs have turned Allah and Islam into a mental AK47 to kill whoever they want to tell people to kill. They have decided that the Quran allows no compassion for non-Muslims, and they are misguiding people in order to get them to fight. When was the last time one of these people spoke well of the people of the Book or even wanted them to live? Your Prophet said that whoever called himself a Muslim is a Muslim. The mullahs say Ahmediyas are not. Pakistan even has a law saying that and still it claims to be a Muslim country. The extremists have taken over the religion, and like stupid people, the entire population is becoming a mafia in their minds. And the people have stopped following religion and are more interested in killing or watching people be killed, as though blood lust is a National sport. And if someone says this, the Mullahs will turn that AK47 at them.

    Go on, hate me for saying all this, but the fact is, Muslims who follow these bloodthirsty mullahs have nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with becoming a gang and getting cheap thrills on killing people. Fifty people will find excuses – oh, she’s not Muslim, oh, she’s not Pakistani, oh she’s Indian, so she is trying to destroy us…….. rubbish. Humans are humans. Gangs get into violence. It is only when they are led by religious leaders that policing them becomes sin.

    And these are the people the mindless masses are following in the name of Islam. And they wonder why their lives are like that. Why people speak badly of them, why the entire world seems to be conspiring to damage tiny things specially for them….. conspiracies everywhere. People dedicating their lives to make a pure people, religion and country appear harmful, like they have nothing better to do than obsess over ya’ll. Or perhaps there are no conspiracies, and what you are seeing is the truth.

    Fact is, if you read the news, if you’ve been reading the news since the birth of this country, Pakistan has used Islam more than followed it. Not India, not the US, not the West, not any evil could have done this.Recommend

  • Atika Waheed
    Jan 12, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Ya i agree with you fasi with this point that doing this all against of “Blasphemy Law”.We r inviting a big monster r selves.Im dam sure abt this thing that 99.5 % people r totally unknwn abt this issues r abt this point that wht is the real point is?But asusual r so called molvies has said all this so we r saying all …..isnt it is a nasty thng that without any individual concption we r with thm …oh dam thing it is.These r the molvis who called thm Alam-e-Deen.Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Jan 13, 2011 - 2:30PM

    The condemnation of Taseer is hardly surprising. The people of Pakistan are Muslims who love the Prophet (saw). The secular PPP government’s attempt, supported by the western backers as part of their ‘War on Terror’, to enforce a system that would permit the wanton ridicule and insult of our beloved has pushed the situation to a fault line. This killing has to be seen in this context. The fact that Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri has been charged with murder and ‘terrorism’ illustrates the ideological nature of the ‘War on Terror’.Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Jan 13, 2011 - 2:30PM

    Pakistan is inherently unstable. People despise the rulers and there is little respect for the system. The respect for Islam and its adherence to the rule of law and the system doesn’t sit well with vigilantism. Islam places a strong emphasis on the method and process by which its rules are implemented. It doesn’t encourage people to take the law into their own hands and become – judge, jury and executioner. But such is the conflict between the Islamic values of the people and the secular system imposed on them, that such incidents will occur.Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Jan 13, 2011 - 2:31PM

    The western reaction will seem strange to onlookers. In this week’s news it emerged that approximately nine hundred people were assassinated in 2010 by unmanned US drones. Yet, there is little condemnation and few words that eulogise the victims who are overwhelmingly innocent civilians. Only last week President Obama’s sick humour was overlooked with little comment. It is then hardly surprising if people view the condemnation of Taseer’s death with cynicism.Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Jan 13, 2011 - 2:31PM

    The people of Pakistan are said to be divided over this death. In reality the overwhelming majority are indifferent or approve of his killing, whilst the ‘slither’ of the secular elite, backed by PPP die-hards, are the only ones who will find the death shocking.Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Jan 13, 2011 - 2:31PM

    To illustrate this the so-called hard liners who condemned Taseer included the ‘Brelwi’ school of thought, which is the school from which the western ‘moderate’ favourite Tahir ul Qadri hails.Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Jan 13, 2011 - 3:01PM

    There has been a reaction of incredulity in the west. Politicians have condemned the killing and the media have portrayed Taseer as a martyr for liberalism. Pakistan has been described as ‘divided’ over the killing, and once again the issue of ‘extremism’ has emerged.Recommend

  • Saeed Ahmed
    Jan 13, 2011 - 3:43PM

    Blasphemy means , something that you say or do that shows that you do not respect God or a religion. The Blaspemy Law is discriminatory it only protects the beliel of Muslims. What about the belief of minorities ? There is a need to make another Blasphemy Law to save the belief of minorities with the same provisions as for Muslims that the molvies and such elements spreading religious hatred and committing sacrilege to the religion or belief of the minorities be tried under the law,
    . Why should anybody be allowed to hurt the belief and sacrilege the religion of minorities.?Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Jan 13, 2011 - 5:06PM

    do we still want to run away from the reality told by Quran and Sunnah and Islamic History, regarding the Blasphemy Law ???

  • Shabbir Afridi
    Jan 13, 2011 - 7:41PM

    @Tayyab: High 5 Tayyab. I’d rather prefer reading an article that addresses the majority and works on keeping them united. Its very easy to act “different and high” and alienate the populous but the fact remains, you are still part of this so called loathsome society. You have been brought up in the same dark alleys of the trash hole. Where you think that each corridor leads us to a door of self destruction. What you have failed to realize is a simple fact, ENOUGH is ENOUGH. Do not meddle with the Blasphemy law, do not play with religion. I do not want to see a dirty politician exercising dirty politics trying to teach us religion. I do not want to see some educated goon trying to teach me what’s good what’s bad. I am sure most of the comments coming here from the people are one’s who do not even get the concept. What are you guys applauding at? Appreciating a one eyed monster who sees something without an insight and then goes back to the diary and pen and starts penning down the kiddie facts? Ofcourse, that is what our educated lot is quite good at. Recommend

  • Adil
    Jan 13, 2011 - 8:51PM

    The fact that u sum every column so Nicely is because u know so much of what our politics is made of and what really is going around the world…. well said..Recommend

  • aahmed
    Jan 13, 2011 - 9:01PM

    Iqbal once said,
    Haqeeqat riwayat mein kho gai,
    Yeh ummat khurafat mein kho gai

    There is nothing in quran or true hadith that says one can kill anybody who some how intentionally or unintentionaly
    Disagrees or even says or does something which can be interpreted as “blasphemous” or disrespecting to
    There are many stories from prophets life, like taif visit, conquest of makkah, where prophet not only forgave those who
    Had disrespected him, hurt him physically and drove him out of his home, but also accepted them as equal
    Members of society free of any charges and persecution (abu sufian, hinda are two of the prominent names).Recommend

  • ms.shadab zehra
    Jan 13, 2011 - 11:07PM

    I dont thing so that the murder of governer of punjab is because of the remarks given by Salman tasser related to the Islamic law.Recommend

  • Burger Boy
    Jan 13, 2011 - 11:11PM

    You are pro-drone strikes, pro war on terror, pro America, pro secular fascism. You have derogatory views about the majority of Pakistanis whom you think are uneducated, backwards and foolishly religious. That you are insignificant has bought you respite, but in that same context your success among local secular extremists and their foreign supporters will be your undoing. In the end, all of it is for naught because marginal audience that you risked life and limb for will do nothing except make meaningless gestures for they are COWARD mummy daddy burgers without genuine convictions for which they are willing to fight and die. Your articles fall into the category of ‘Society’ or ‘Entertainment’ for all the affect that they actually have. You should seriously consider the risk reward ratio here…Recommend

  • Sohail
    Jan 14, 2011 - 12:07AM

    @ Tayyab What exactly is the “reality” told by Quran and sunnah on blasphemy? Islamic history after the prophet’s demise is like every other history. What happened during the history is not a part of our religion. Quoting Humanity’s comments on the previous page “There is no justification for a blasphemy law either in the Quran or through the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (SAW). In a nutshell, Allah has reserved the right for Himself to punish for the most grave crime of blasphemy. He does not allow human intervention in this matter.” I suggest you read the rest of the comment as well as it thought provoking.

    If you rephrase your question to “do we still want to run away from the Mullah claimed reality told by Quran and Sunnah and Islamic History, regarding the Blasphemy Law ???” Then my answer to it will most definitely be yes.Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Jan 14, 2011 - 12:47AM

    @ Ahmed… answer to ur comment has been clearly mentioned in the blow link… do give it a read…

  • aahmed
    Jan 14, 2011 - 9:25AM

    Tayyab bhai,

    i hope you have taken time to read the article that you posted above, and thanks for sharing it as it resolves this whole discussion,
    All the verses from quran that Ms Qazi has mentioned, say that Allah is going to take care of anyone who is going to disrespect Prophet(PBUH), nowhere it says that any guard should start killing people he has promised and got paid to protect.

    see Surah Alhajar 59

    As far as ahadith metioned in the article are concerned, all of them refer to “a person, a poet”, and crime is refered to as “gustakhi”, no mention of who they were, what exactly happened, no court, no qazi, no witnesses, so these ahadith seem extremely weak, and are not answering the questions, like:

    Why these anonymous “gustakhs” were killed, while prominent ones like Abu Sufian, Hinda, Abdullah bin Abi (who had insulted hazrat aisha) were spared? Why prophet never ordered killing of abu lahab? why he never ordered killing of abu jahal?

    Was prophet such a person who will kill weak people and do nothing about prominent and strong once?

    Also I am sure you have read about prophets visit to taif, when people of the town disrespected prophet and asked youth to throw rocks on him and he got so badly wounded that his cloths and shoes were all wet. then an angel came and ask for permission to destroy the town, what did prophet say? He said, “I will forgive them, they dont understand, may be their future generations will”.

    God Bless!Recommend

  • Salman
    Jan 14, 2011 - 9:44AM

    @ Anoop: Yes, finally it seems like the ‘radicals’ are in majority in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, something that was seemingly destined to happen given the nature of the raison d’etre of Pakistan and the policies pursued by each succeeding government in Pakistan since the beginning. Recommend

  • Jan 14, 2011 - 11:23AM

    Extremely well-written and very good points raised!Recommend

  • Vaqas
    Jan 14, 2011 - 1:35PM

    Yes, amendments should be made to ensure that no one exploits the law and yes, taseer’s assassination was nothing but ruthless murder and yes, the killer should not be garlanded as a hero but should be prosecuted. but let’s be fair and give… the late governor only the due credit. the point where zaka remarks “he put his life on the line because he saw an act of injustice and wanted to correct it. It was a morally brave and intellectually honest decision” reveals zaka’s equivalent duplicity and double standards. where was the governer’s sympathy for the innumerable individuals who perish in this country every day? if he had any morals, he would have at least once throughout his tenure taken up the issue of the other serious problems that confront the people of this country every single day. so labeling him as a shaheed or “intellectually honest” is nothing but hypocrisy. my only problem with this piece of writing is, please, paint these dead leaders in the same light you would paint your fellow countrymen who fall prey to internal as well as external tyrannies, be they boys lynched in sialkot or poor souls extinguished in the tribal belt.Recommend

  • Muneeb
    Jan 14, 2011 - 3:45PM

    Because it was proved in the court about her that she really insulted Holy PROPHET(P.B.U.H) and she confessed that, why was Mr. SALMAN continuously pleading that the law is wrong?( here i am not going to discuss whether that law is right or wrong but calling it “JUNGLE KA QAANOON IS INSANE”)
    It was all Asia’s fault that she targeted a very important personality among Muslims community. She should have been careful with her words. Recommend

  • Muneeb
    Jan 14, 2011 - 3:49PM

    Muslims respect all the prophets of Allah….
    the other communities should also respect our religion and beliefs.Recommend

  • Tanya
    Jan 14, 2011 - 6:53PM

    Simple solution take away religion from politics and the world will be a better place, or just extract the basic morality aspects of all religions which are universally accepted and apply politically as in “thy shall not kill/ cheat/ steal etc.
    Religious extremism was probably the smallest catalyst that provoked mr qadri’s actions, he was probably another frustrated, economically drained citizen of pakistan with no hope. Recommend

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