Jamaat-e-Islami protests against the Pope

Published: January 11, 2011
JI Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch, led the rally in Lahore. PHOTO: SANA

JI Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch, led the rally in Lahore. PHOTO: SANA

LAHORE: A large number of protestors joined the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) to protest against Pope Benedict’s demand for repealing the blasphemy law, in Lahore on Tuesday.

JI Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch, who led the rally, termed the pontiff’s demand “insane and a plot to threaten Pakistan’s Christian minority’s security”.

Liaquat Baloch said that the Pope, demanding the release of Aasia Bibi, had been ignorant of the treatment being meted out to Dr Aafia Siddiqui. He also advised Christian leaders and Bishops in Pakistan to disown the Pope’s stance.

Speaking on the rally held in Karachi on Sunday, Baloch said that the party would hold another rally in Lahore on January 30, stating that the protests would continue till the parliamentary committee on the issue was scrapped and the amendment to the bill, tabled by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) member Sherry Rehman, was dropped.

He also said that Salmaan Taseer’s killer, Mumtaz Qadri, enjoyed the backing of “the entire nation” and the “proud and honourable” lawyers would secure his release.

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  • Sankalp
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:45PM

    He also advised Christian leaders and
    Bishops in Pakistan to disown the
    Pope’s stance

    Do they really have a different choice!?Recommend

  • saleem muhammad
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:54PM

    When JI is going to protest when an innocent child in Punjab got abused and then killed??? When JI is going to protest a gang rape in Karachi?? How can JI be so Against US and Pope when themselves were part of US war against Russia in 70s?? When the top leadership of JI is going to withdraw their own children from US??Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 9:03PM

    both mullahs and priests can kiss my…..Recommend

  • Zechariah Aibak
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:22PM

    Fear the time when killers will be cherished as heroes
    Fear the time when Religion will be reduced to sloganeering and politics
    Fear the time when people will be led ignorance and wisdom will be buried
    Fear the time . . .
    When The Nation of Pakistan – will be routed by the ones purporting
    Freedom, Democracy and Fairness . . .
    Fear the time . . .Recommend

  • aB
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:59PM

    .u r enticing an entire Nation against the local minority Christians by telling the people dt either take ur comments back or else u’ll b pushing d Christians in major troble……jst bcz Aasia wz nt released dznt mean that Islam is a Tit 4 Tat religion…we have been studying right 4m d beginning that Islam is a religion of peace and forgiving…u made a bloody murderer a wannabe Hero…this way any1 can kill d high officials n later on claim Blasphemy Law 2 b the reason…n win the Nation’s support…jst think wat u r doing 2 d minds of people who start following u …Recommend

  • Humanity
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:46PM

    The sinners ask, who will guard the holy guards ??

    Who will guarsd the shi’as against sunnies?

    Who wull guard the deobandies against balrelvies ??

    Who will, who will …Recommend

  • No Name
    Jan 12, 2011 - 1:24AM

    There is no shortage of Idiots in Pakistan politics. These Mullas are turning Pakistan into an animal farm. Defending a cold blooded murderer in public What’s wrong with these Mullas . By the way Aasia Bibi is a Pakistani not am American.Recommend

  • Shocked
    Jan 12, 2011 - 4:53AM

    Liaquat Baloch is out of his mind if he thinks that the entire nation is behind a cold blooded murderer. What happened to the rule of law and the right of every citizen to defend themselves in court.
    Why didn’t he file a law suit against Salman Taseer under the blasphemy law and let him face justice. Too many people are being murdered in cold blood because this law is being abused for different reasons. I apologize to my Christian (Ahle-Kitab)and Muslim brothers who have suffered due to the abuse of this law.
    Sherry Rahman – you are a courageous women. It is better to live for a day with courage than a lifetime as a coward.Recommend

  • amjad
    Jan 12, 2011 - 7:51AM

    Is that all JI can do? There are lot of evils in Pakistan Society, perhaps JI can take it upon to eradicate on a grass root level, Protesting against Pope, America, Israel, China or anyone one else outside Pakistan make zero difference. The only thing these kind of protests accomplish is they elevate the importance of those parties. No one gives a damn to these kind of protests. If JI truly want to have an affect, iy should work to make Pakistan strong. The country will never have independence if it constantly relies on IMF, World Bank, America, China, Europe, Japan. If you are not free economically, do you really think you can make any change? If all the beggers of Pakistan unite for their cause do you think any one will take them seriously? The point is, as long as the country remains a begger country, it will have no influence in the community of nations. So, please cut this nonsense and do whatever is needed make it country strong. And please, stop blaming rest of the world. It is time for introspection. Syed Abul Alaa Maududi, never imagined that the people running his party would be so stupid and incompetant. May Allah have Mercy on his soul.Recommend

  • IZ
    Jan 12, 2011 - 10:01AM

    What a bully.Recommend

  • student
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:09PM

    the reason why pakistan is in shambles is because no one actually works- the just protest something different every day.Recommend

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