Blasphemy law cannot be amended: PUC

Published: March 14, 2016
Pakistan Ulema Council chairman Tahir Ashrafi. PHOTO: INP

Pakistan Ulema Council chairman Tahir Ashrafi. PHOTO: INP

LAHORE: Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) chairman Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Sunday said the blasphemy law cannot be amended.

“The legislation related to blasphemy cannot be annulled or amended. The people of Pakistan are guardians of the law,” the PUC chairman said.

“Any bid to transform Pakistan into a liberal country will be foiled,” Ashrafi said at an Ulema Convention. Representatives of various schools of thought attended the convention that the PUC had organised at Darool-Uloom Hanifia.

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Ashrafi said the provincial government had agreed to amend the Protection of Women against Violence Bill.

“This is a good omen,” he said, adding that the legislation had been deliberated upon at the Provincial Assembly for two years but assembly members took no interest in expressing their reservations on the bill.

Ashrafi praised the government for constituting a committee consisting of clerics and scholars to address proposed ambiguities. “It would have been better had the decision been taken earlier,” he said.

PUC Vice Chairman Maulana Muhammad Ayub Safdar said that conspiracies were being hatched against Islam and the Muslim world. Muslims should unite to foil conspiracies to turn Pakistan into Iraq and Syria, he said.

Other speakers said violence against women was strictly prohibited in Islam. They said the bill was not altogether against Sharia. They said no organisation could be allowed to permit violence against women on any account. The speakers urged the government to also legislate regarding girls education and to end the dowry culture.

They stressed the need for unity among the Islamic world to annihilate challenges of terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence. They called Saudi Arabia’s efforts to form an Islamic Militarily Alliance a good omen.

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Participants of the convention agreed to organise training workshops and seminars for students and teachers of Madaris-i-Arabia in May and June.

The speakers said that Message of Islam Conference had already called extremist and terrorists elements Khawarij. They urged clerics to play their role to aware Muslim youths of propaganda of terrorist organisations.

Participants of the convention condemned an attack on PUC Islamabad chapter president Maulana Abdul Hameed Sabri.

It was announced that a meeting of the PUC central executive body and the next Ulema Convention would be held in Faisalabad on March 27.

Maulana Hafiz Shoaib, Maulana Ashfaq Patafi and Maulana Zahid Hussein were among the participants.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Human
    Mar 14, 2016 - 11:27AM

    Such people dont want PEACE ever to prevail in Pakistan Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Mar 14, 2016 - 11:30AM

    Where o where do these illiberal illiterate self-appointed guardians of the law come from ?Recommend

  • Dajjal
    Mar 14, 2016 - 11:50AM

    This guy reminds me of a character from Austin Powers 2…. Recommend

  • A Ali
    Mar 14, 2016 - 12:06PM

    Yes and the country should continue to be led by the utterly blind and who will ensure that we do not come out of the dark ages. Should these clerics had made advances in Sciences or engineering or architecture or ethics or lets keep it simple to cleanliness, the nation would have rallied behind them. But as it is, growing a beard does not give them the moral or intellectual or ethical capacity to call any shots whatsoever. In fact those who threaten should be sent straight to Attock JailRecommend

  • Raees Ahmad
    Mar 14, 2016 - 1:21PM

    How many times Pakistani Courts exercised this law? Wasn’t these cases tried to solve extra-judicially? Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Mar 14, 2016 - 1:26PM

    No need to amend it, just strike it off completely .. no other Muslim country feels the need for it, so why should we?Recommend

  • IndianPatriot
    Mar 14, 2016 - 2:39PM

    Good show, Big Show !! India too does not want Pakistan to become a liberal country.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 14, 2016 - 2:40PM

    He says something in the morning…….and something different in the evening…..I wonder what motivates him to do this ? Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 14, 2016 - 6:20PM

    First of all do some exercise or yoga regularly, everyone. Healthy body, healthy mind.Recommend

  • Mar 14, 2016 - 7:01PM

    He needs to buy a good quality german tread mill asap.Recommend

  • MK
    Mar 14, 2016 - 8:12PM

    Please just go on youtube and see this guy talking on tv totally intoxicated. Who is he to tell anyone not to be liberal?Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 14, 2016 - 8:49PM

    @A Ali:
    Yes and the country should continue to be led by the utterly blind and who will ensure that we do not come out of the dark ages.

    Islam is a faith of knowledge and civilisation but definitely not of politics! harifs PUC has the ight to express their opinion, it is upto the elected members of the parliament to legislate or amend countrys laws and not act as blind followers.

    Rex Minor.Recommend

  • curious2
    Mar 14, 2016 - 9:20PM

    He just doesn’t get it. Pakistan is a Democracy where people vote for their leaders who enact/modify laws —- including Blasphemy. He doesn’t get the right to unilaterally determine which laws are appropriate and which are not.Recommend

  • genesis
    Mar 14, 2016 - 9:55PM

    If the law can be enacted it can certainly be either retracted or amended or even better scrapped!Recommend

  • Dr.M.M. Khan
    Mar 14, 2016 - 11:22PM

    Let him live in the text while we live in the context. He has achieved his moment of celebrity status..Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Mar 14, 2016 - 11:46PM

    Any Good Reason?Recommend

  • Taz
    Mar 15, 2016 - 4:41AM

    Blasphemy Laws and PUC Leadership is the reason Pakistan is going through the darkest moments in history. This hateful and fear mongering law is not about conservatives v liberals, it enables hate crimes and destroys lives and families. It must be abolished.Recommend

  • F Khan
    Mar 15, 2016 - 7:30AM

    By his own statement, if the people of Pakistan are the guardians of this law, then the guardians should be allowed to vote on whether to keep it or not — no one else should have this right.Recommend

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