Blasphemy case: Angered by exam, student fudges answers

Published: January 30, 2011
When 17-year-old Syed Samiullah couldn’t come up with answers in his Islamiat and physics examinations last year, he wrote things that have now landed him in jail for blasphemy.

When 17-year-old Syed Samiullah couldn’t come up with answers in his Islamiat and physics examinations last year, he wrote things that have now landed him in jail for blasphemy.

KARACHI: When 17-year-old Syed Samiullah couldn’t come up with answers in his Islamiat and physics examinations last year, he wrote things that have now landed him in jail for blasphemy.

On Saturday, Judicial Magistrate, Central Ehsan A Malik ordered Samiullah to be sent to the juvenile prison after the Shahrae Noor Jehan police produced him in his court and requested judicial custody. In an application to the judicial magistrate, Samiullah submitted that he had confessed to committing the “unpardonable sin”. He said he regretted his actions, and had promised that he would never commit “such a sin again”.

During investigations, Samiullah had told the investigators that he was troubled after he had discussed various issues with his cousins, who had come to stay with his family from Norway. According to Samiullah, he was so much ill at ease during the examinations that when he was unable to answer any of the questions, he committed blasphemy. “I feel ashamed and guilty and am tendering an unconditional apology.” He is a student at a private college.

The incident was reported to the police by Prof Agha Akbar, the controller of examinations of the Intermediate Board of Education, Karachi who attached copies of Samiullah’s answer sheets. One of the exams was held on April 30 last year but because of the process of verifying facts, the FIR was lodged on Friday, January 28, under Section 295 (c) (for blasphemy), one day before Samiullah’s arrest.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (68)

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 1:01PM

    Wow – what a situation. A Professor complains to the police about a student. When the first instinct of a teacher should be to meet with the student and counsel him or her. I once fudged the answers in my civics exam – I could have been held for sedition. My teacher chose to comment below my seditious remarks that “as a citizen of India it is your responsibility to know the duties of those in power.”Recommend

  • Faizan Abdullah
    Jan 30, 2011 - 1:38PM

    This is indeed an “unpardonable sin” but can be granted pardon based on age factor and statement of regret. Recommend

  • Amadeus
    Jan 30, 2011 - 1:50PM

    Ok, so what exactly did her right. And the dumb professor (does he even deserve this title) could have acted a bit mature.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:25PM

    So sad to see that the youth of this country are wasting their time and fanincial resources of the parents under the influence of star/imagine/HBO/AXN media …. offcourse parents are also responsible by not taking interests/ looking after in what their children are doing at school / colleges and universities or when at home …………….. This boy is clealry a lier/ cheater … now blaming some one else for his sins …… First: Why he could not do study for whole previous year, what was he doing (partying, playing, dating, time passing???), where was he wasting his time??? Second: why blaming cousin (from norway) for his own actions …even if he talked about things … this boy 17 yrs old, living here in PK, in muslim eneviroment and studying islamiat for last 13 years all of sudden forgot every single principle and was brain washed in couple of days or weeks or even months of rubbish talk (though i am convienced he lieing). Thirdly, self confessing and making bad health and cousin pep talk should not be taken as excuse,

    Although some people might disagree … i think the boy should be not be punished as harshly as death penality, however he should be punished in the sense that will reform him …. e.g.
    he needs to spend a long time in jail (atleast 7-9 years) with neccessary condition that he will not only go through but will complete his education in this time … i.e his intermediate, and then for BA, MA in Islamic studies (complusory) to make him realise what he did cannot be simply excused …. in this journey he will also get time to look upon himself, what he did and may be his conscious will be awaked to the extent that he will ask the forgivenss of this great sin in front of ALLAH Subhanahu wa-ta’ala …… so in the end he needs to be asking forgivenss to Allah Subhanahu wa-ta’ala and the Holy Prophet (PBUH).Recommend

  • Yousuf
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:34PM

    Instead of sending the boy to juvenile prison, he should have been sent to counseling. I understand that what he did was a ‘serious offense’, but as he mentioned, he was confused due to bad influence and under extreme pressure because of the examination. And above all, he admitted that what he did, was wrong.Recommend

  • Zaeem Naqi
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:34PM

    What do they mean by this?
    Imprisoning a student just cause he wrote something in a paper.
    Those paper are suppose to be confidential and what right do the BIEK have of lodging such a complaint.
    This is democracy where everyone has the right of freedom of speech.
    I am up haled by this barbaric and undemocratic practice. Recommend

  • CB Guy
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:43PM

    really strange. What did the student write that the police was called? I have seen students in my own student life who couldn’t answer the simplest of question on any subject. Recommend

  • SidraB
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:47PM

    I totally agree he needs counseling rather than jail. He has some problem with his brain rather than his religion. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:58PM

    @Faizan Abdullah: agreed but should be punished in the way that can reform him… after all he is 17 yr old just 1 yr less to be called adult to drive and cast vote!!!

    @Amadeus: First of all the person is boy not a girld …. second y u think that professor should act maturely and let this youth get away …. today’s youth are far more intelliegnt then the yesteryears … and they have far more exposure. Plz u grow up!!!

    @Yousuf: agreed … but then agin at 17 yr he needs to learn accepting the his wrong doing not blaming the bad infuence and ill health … should be punished in order to be more responsible for his won actions!!!!

    Zaeem Naqi: This is Islamic state …. where Islamic laws should be uphold … agreed that guy is 17 yr old and self confessed but still needs reforming … if taliban theories are damaging our youth by brain wahing them … this also the other extreme.Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 3:53PM

    For those harping on blasphemy. This is what the legal provision says.Please note that the punisment is ‘death or imprisonment for life’ nothing less.

    295-C. Use of derogatory remarks, etc., in respect of the Holy Prophet:
    Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.

    And so far as age (17 years) is concerned, Pakistani laws exempt only children below 7 years of age.

    6. . Definitions in the code to be understood subject to exceptions.
    . (a) The sections in this Code, which contains definitions of offences, do not express that a child under seven years of age cannot commit such offences; but the definitions are to be understood subject to the general exception which provides that nothing shall be an offence which is done by a child under seven years of age.

    Are we going to change this law, or are we going to sacrifice a young man to our blood lust?Recommend

  • Zahra
    Jan 30, 2011 - 4:04PM

    ok.. I propose another situation. a 3 year old draws the picture of God as his favourite person and submits to his teacher in class.
    lets apply the blasphemy law here too.
    Also believers of all other faiths and religions except Islam alongwith atheists and agnostics are by default committing blasphemy all the time anyways. The sufis have done it.. oh but we cant apply the blasphemy law to the dead!!
    such twisted notions have lead to muslims seem so desperately trying to protect their ‘peaceful Islam’. I ask you why then the muslims of the world appear to be in the greatest turmoil of all times. not peaceful or pro-peace by any measure.Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 4:15PM

    This is no News – just a desensitizing drama !
    Agreed that everybody would’ve acted a bit more maturely perhaps, but we do not exactly know the conditions involved. Perhaps, it was the best action that was deemed possible for the correction of the kid.

    Anyhow, get on with your lives..Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 4:19PM

    *should’ve ..Recommend

  • blasphemy_upholder
    Jan 30, 2011 - 4:25PM

    Good. The professor did right. Now the police should investigate whether his norway cousins have instigated him against islam. if found so, they should also be booked. The law is same for all and the student’s apology shall not be accepted even though he is only 17 (not a small age). death penalty for blasphemy is a must in this case to show our love to allah and his prophet (PBUH). otherwise even asia bibi have apologised. shall we then leave her to blaspheme more. i will say all those coming from europe/america/outiside to pakistan shall be asked on islamiyat at the airport by immigration authorities. anyone not knowing correctly shall be booked under the blasphemy law and sent to jail directly from the airport. only then people will realise the importance of islam. also all those talking against this law are blasphemers.Recommend

  • MAD
    Jan 30, 2011 - 5:22PM

    Its an exam. give him his marks and move on. they were wrong answers grade them zero. there is no issue here. unless you want to make one out of it.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jan 30, 2011 - 5:27PM

    ive seen with my own eyes students of intermediate keeping notes of Islamiat in their underwears & going into toilets to have a read during examinations, even seen one keeping it behind the flush of the toilet, so when he takes permission to go the bathroom & is checked while leaving class he is clean.

    those interested just visit any exam centre in karachi.Recommend

  • Stephen Jones
    Jan 30, 2011 - 7:10PM

    @Zaeem Naqi:
    As Ali has stated below you live in an Islamic State and an Islamic state and democracy are incompatible. If your country were a democracy then this wouldn’t be an issue.Recommend

  • Gulmeenay
    Jan 30, 2011 - 8:52PM

    @blasphemy_upholder: “death penalty for blasphemy is a must in this case to show our love to allah and his prophet (PBUH).” Right. So you want to show YOUR love for Allah and His Prophet [PBUH] by a court sentencing someone to die? Do you really not realise how absurd that sounds? No wonder people don’t think Islam is a peaceful religion. Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jan 30, 2011 - 9:21PM

    Oh God!! Save this country where People who behave like zahil mullahs are called professors and Judiciary supports and further strengthens this mullahgiri.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 30, 2011 - 9:56PM

    @Gulmeenay: I think blasphemy_upholder is being sarcastic. Love his(her?) satireRecommend

  • Shehryar Khalid Rao
    Jan 30, 2011 - 9:57PM

    I agree with you Prasad, a teacher should and would have done that. However most of these professors and teachers are those who are in this profession not out of choice but because they were so worthless that no other profession was willing to accept them in their fold. And it is primarily because of this that even the so called educated lot in Pakistan (by this I refer to those going through the nationally designed curriculum) is generally a bunch of losers who can never hold their end up in a logical argument and resort to aggression to prove their point. The mullahs on the other hand are another bunch of dim wits and molesters, who go about raping little boys in their school but you would never see or hear either a big ho-ha about it and no one will come out on the street to protest such acts.Recommend

  • surinder
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:05PM

    i wish every one is like zahra ,steven jones and gulmeenay that will make me very very happy indeed thank god there are some sesible people take time to take part in this discussion s.d Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 11:40PM

    Would he be given capital punishment? OMG, why cant they just change the punishment…Recommend

  • Untitled
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:58PM

    Wow, what more surprising than the professor who turned him in and the police who arrested him is the kind of comments with this article. The kid is 17. Anyone who says that is an old enough age, It really Isn’t. At 17 you make so many mistakes in your life if you were held accountable for all of them your life would be destroyed there and then… Many kids have their first cigarette before that which is illegal. Many kids drive their cars before that. again illegal. 17 is an age to make mistakes no normal 17 year old has the maturity to realize the full consequences of their actions. Islam requires people to know the consequences of their actions before they are delivered punishment. If our law requires he goes to jail for this, even for a year, the law needs to be amended. The way we teach religion in our schools is noting short of Rote. You force feed information to them without them being able to understand any of it. When someone is force fed something without them liking it, they are bound to reject it and spit it out. In today’s world kids have many questions regarding religion, they should be allowed to express themselves freely and our “Professors” need to be better equipped to handling the queries. But our religion itself has become sort of a taboo, where you are only supposed to listen and learn, not discuss.

    You say our country is an Islamic state and it should uphold this law? Really? What about the fact that the ones ruling the country are swimming in corruption and decadence? Is that Islamic? Politicians giving speeches drunk… Our country heads embarrassing us by flirting with female senators, even asking for escorts. Why no punishment against them in accordance to Islam? Why the hypocrisy? If you follow the examples that Islam has given us, they’re are much better examples to follow. Much better ways to show your love for the Prophet. Would he have sent a young 17 year old to imprisonment? Or would he have forgiven him because he didn’t know any better?Recommend

  • Yousuf
    Jan 31, 2011 - 12:42AM


    Dude, he was being sarcastic.

    Btw, I’m not sure on this yet, but what I’ve heard is that there is no concept of incarceration in Islam. The ideology behind this is by confining a group of individuals with criminal psyche, isolated from society or any other form of positive influence, would only breed more evil. If this is true, then this whole thing is quite ironic, isn’t it?
    If you’ve been to jail, and you weren’t’ that a bad-a** criminal, than theres a very high probability that you’ll come out as a professional.
    Community service, daily curfew, zero privileges, constant supervision, make his life a living hell, but within the boundaries of society, not isolation.Recommend

  • Mullah Zaeef Qadri
    Jan 31, 2011 - 5:40AM

    Mashallah, Good to see a true Muslim like Prof Agha Akbar, controller of examinations of intermediate board. This blasphemer must be sacrificed, only then will the hearts of true muslims like all aalims and students in deeni madersahs would be cooled.

    Students of regular students are dumb anyway and don’t know anything. Madersah students are very intelligent, they can memorize the entire Quran and recite it from heart without even understanding Arabic which is a big feat. All regular schools should be shut down in Pakistan and only deeni maderis be allowed.Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 5:45AM

    What is the shortest route to fame in Pakistan?

    Blaspheme. Recommend

  • Obed
    Jan 31, 2011 - 7:13AM

    This is the craziest thing I have ever heard!… This shows where our society is heading in terms of intellect… a so called professor goes tot he police and registers a blasphemy case against a mere 17 year old!… by this rate its gonna take us hundreds of years to be socially and morally mature…

    @Zahra… kudosRecommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 8:09AM

    mashallah, what a way to encourage education in pakistan…. this is the reason everything should be abolished and mullahs need to run everything….. thx professor for showing us the way for jahilism mullahism…Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jan 31, 2011 - 8:15AM

    Must be a Jamaatia ProfessorRecommend

  • F Robinson
    Jan 31, 2011 - 10:30AM

    Is Pakistan, as imagined by its founder, Respected Muhammad Ali Jinnah—a London-trained barrister with a fondness for pork sandwiches and two-toned spats—merely a homeland for the subcontinent’s Muslims?

    See Wall Street Journal

  • Waqqas Iftikhar
    Jan 31, 2011 - 10:30AM

    so he flunked an exam…..not exactly deserving of capital punishment and a court case….we have absolutely lost it when the kid gets reported by teachers….who are supposed to protect and nourish…..Recommend

  • vasan
    Jan 31, 2011 - 1:03PM

    This is just as mad as putting the Doc in prison for throwing out the visiting card of the Medical rep. Students need to be taught and counselled and not punished.Recommend

  • Hypocrites
    Jan 31, 2011 - 4:57PM

    okay. So why isn’t this student has been sentenced to death ? I can bet on my life if there was a Christian or Hindu student, he/she won’t be spared ! so I say hypocrites ! Recommend

  • Rohail
    Jan 31, 2011 - 4:59PM

    VEry nice and appreciatory thoughts @Ali: Recommend

  • Pineapple Under the Sea
    Jan 31, 2011 - 4:59PM

    @Ali: Sometimes, the thought of people like you makes me weep at night.i swear. i shudder at the idea that your comments represent Pakistan on international cyber forums. You need to gain an ounce of humanity and sympathy and tolerance.Do you sincerely believe that fudging answers in an exam is enough to sentence ANYONE (really, why is anyone harping on about the age of the child?the concept is barbaric) to jail for 7-9 years?You know what “simply can not be excused”? Hate-mongering.And extremism.And cruelty.
    If there is a “conscious” out there that needs to be awakened, it’s yours. Before you go around preaching harsh cruel punishments for ‘great sins’, get some perspective, and maybe some kindness and mercy to boot.There are bigger things out there to fight against than some kid’s test answers. In fact, I’ll give you a list to get you started, you can crib about these things all you want: karokari, child abuse, child labor, rape…I can go on and on and on… healthcare, KESC, gas loadshedding…still going strong…hunger, inflation, corruption…tell me when to stop…minority rights, narcotics trade, landgrabbing…lack of civic amenities….but no no no. By all MEANS, let’s think up ways to flog this kid for his great sins.Recommend

  • Mohsin Sayeed
    Jan 31, 2011 - 5:03PM

    The boy tendered an unconditional apology, therefore, the matter is closed. The student should be released. If Islamic laws are to be followed in charging him with blasphemy, then Islamic laws should also be followed in resolving the situation. And according to Islam, he has regretted and tendered an apology that is enough. Any kind of further punishment will be unfair and injustice to the boy.
    But this so-called professor should be asked to explain his un-teacher like act. The teacher should be removed from his position and fired as he has destroyed a young mind and life.Recommend

  • Shafi ul Huq
    Jan 31, 2011 - 7:56PM

    By the way, WHAT do they teach in “Islamiyat”? Would anyone clarify please?
    Do they teach religion? If yes, I would think that this should be taught at home by the parent or a Moulvi. It should not form part of the school curriculum as there are several sects in Islam and surely the viewpoints of the different sects cannot be taught to a young student at school under one subject. If “Islamiyat” means Islamic History, it should be called “Islamic History”.. I cannot think of any other thing that could be taught under the generic name of “Islamiyat”.

    Incidentally, how much good has the teaching of Islamiat done to imroving the morals of the students? Has it made them understand religion better and consequetly made them better citizens and better humans? The crimes, corruption, violence, religious intolerance and other social evils are increasing by the day. Judging by the results the teaching of “islamiyat” does not seem to be doing any good in improving the morality and integrity in the students and has instead turned them into narrow minded bigots. (Example: The professor who reported his student to the police as having commited “blasphemy” in his exam papers. )
    Instead of teaching Islamiyat, if one were to teach the students about personal integrity, morality, civic resposibilities, the importance of always telling the truth, shunning bribery and corruption, I would think that we would be producing better class of citizens.who are enlightened, broad minded, honest and more productive humans.Recommend

  • Meera Ghani
    Jan 31, 2011 - 8:18PM

    This is barbaric indeed and for those who think he should be sent you jail, seriously??? Think about the various instances you have unknowingly thrown the newspapers on the floor or placed a ‘sapara’ or ‘pansoora’ somewhere and it accidentally fell. Do you think you should be punished or such actions and sent to jail for 5 -7 years. I mean he’s just a kid. So what if he’s lying or wrote something in the paper that didn’t make sense. Shouldn’t be he explained what he did was wrong, made to understand so that he doesn’t do it again and be let off with a warning. Instead of getting him sent off to jail. Wouldn’t your duty as a professor be to teach the child instead of reporting him?

    What kind of a teacher would you be if instead of counseling the kid you ensure he gets sent to prison and ends up being a criminal instead of a doctor, IT consultant, architect or even professor he himself could’ve been.

    What’s next, we’ll be reported to the police for what we think? Will we be punished for not supporting the right beard or clothing? Where will this moral policing stop? Where does start infringing on our human rights and becomes more a case of idiocy rather than common sense?

    We are all muslims in this country, let us breathe, let us live. Let us be!!!!Recommend

  • Meera Ghani
    Jan 31, 2011 - 8:47PM

    This is barbaric indeed and for those who think he should be sent you jail, seriously??? Think about the various instances you have unknowingly thrown the newspapers on the floor or placed a ‘sapara’ or ‘pansoora’ somewhere and it accidentally fell. Do you think you should be punished or such actions and sent to jail for 5-7 years? I mean he’s just a kid. So what if he’s lying or wrote something in the paper that didn’t make sense. Shouldn’t be he explained what he did was wrong, made to understand so that he doesn’t do it again and be let off with a warning. Instead of getting him sent off to jail. Wouldn’t your duty as a professor be to teach the child instead of reporting him?
    What kind of a teacher would you be if instead of counseling the kid you ensure he gets sent to prison and ends up being a criminal instead of a doctor, IT consultant, architect or even professor he himself could’ve been.
    What’s next, we’ll be reported to the police for what we think? Will we be punished for not supporting the right beard or clothing? Where will this moral policing stop? Where does start infringing on our human rights and becomes more a case of idiocy rather than common sense?
    We are all muslims in this country, let us breathe, let us live. Let us be!!!!Recommend

  • watchman
    Jan 31, 2011 - 8:50PM

    i giv u too points here:
    1 . According to the universal declaration of human rights, every person is entitled freedom of speech. how does this apply in this case…..
    nxt 2.. thr is nothing written on the paper what to write and what not to…so simple make him fail why do u tak it to a different direction……..ok if islamiyat is blasmesey then what for physics,,,nothing .??? com on …..and let me clear you pakistan is a diverse country with different sects ……i consider islamiyat should not be taught at school …….one can learn about his religion from his family or his religious school………remember islamiyat was included in the text in the period of zia or butto >>>>>b4 it there was no such things ………..pakistanis wake up ……… Recommend

  • Obaid
    Feb 1, 2011 - 1:35AM

    Mr. / Ms talk some sense…. That is why we are called Badmash all over the world… you guys need some basic education of Islam, you do not know what actuall Islam is.

    I feel sorry for all the nation who is victom or can be a victom of this unclear law.Recommend

  • Aamir+Ali
    Feb 1, 2011 - 3:39AM

    More proof on why blasphemy law needs to be repealed.Recommend

  • Sullu
    Feb 1, 2011 - 5:05AM

    Hi Prasad bhai, this news article is not in detail. Actually, it was an inter board exam in which about 100K students appeared. When his answer sheets were picked up it was first addressed by the board official and professor Anwar Ahmed Zai head of inter board Karachi and the teachers from his college contacted the student and his family and after the meeting board and teachers handed over the issue to the police station where his college is located. BUT I still agree with you this case shouldn’t go to police instead they needed to teach him the correct information and counsel with him for the greater extend. Recommend

  • Shahid
    Feb 1, 2011 - 12:31PM

    there is no definition of Blashphemy in this law, therefore it is open to be misuse. As far as I see sometimes the accusers are the people who have or are doing the blasphemy.Recommend

  • ZanNeko
    Feb 1, 2011 - 1:45PM

    You have GOT to be kidding me. You can’t force one into a religion. Isn’t that the point of Islam? One must voluntarily and with his full heart accept it? I’m not highly religious, but my friends make a better example than you any day.
    Amidst all the corruption, murders, rapes and other retardedness, this is being made into an issue?! These religious fanatics really need to get a grip. If the professor didn’t like it, flunk him in the exam. Jeez.Recommend

  • Feb 1, 2011 - 2:25PM

    The student’s answer sheet is neither for public view nor addressed to somebody. It is his own and the school only had to award marks for his correct answers. There is nothing more than that the education department is authorized. The controller of examinations at his own pleasure, shown special interest in this boy to put him behind bars or send to gallows only to satisfy his monstrous mind set. Many students with a reasonable and healthy mind will question these religious practices, and so as to avoid them the moulvis, mullahs, half knowledge professors will impose any kind of punishment on immature and growing young students. What this professor would have done if his own son indulged in these acts. First, I request the authorities to verify the qualifications and certificates of this Controller of Examinations.

    Subhan Basha

  • Anonymous
    Feb 1, 2011 - 3:50PM

    And you expect this country to be a responsible one? So much for independent thought. With professors like these, who needs the mullahs?Recommend

  • Kartar
    Feb 1, 2011 - 4:11PM

    At the height of the Vietnam war i wrote a very negative school essay about the war. It was marked by an American Teacher. She should have been angered. My essay was graded ‘A’. The only remark by the teacher was that she doubted whether what I wrote held true at that point in time.
    She did not even scold me – I was just a 15 year old kid. She was not angry.
    This gave me a standard for dealing with others whose words I should find blasphemous: and I have lived by those standards of not getting angry easily.Recommend

  • Reeba
    Feb 1, 2011 - 10:04PM

    God is omnipotent and most supreme. What I don’t understand is why only Muslims feel the need to protect the almighty GOD. Do you think that if some ignorant person say something bad about your GOD, it threatens your God’s existance? Through this blasphemy law, you are portraying your GOD to be a weakling who needs human protection. Get over it. Give and show some respect to the GOD almighty. He doesn’t need your protection!Recommend

  • Fighter
    Feb 1, 2011 - 10:43PM

    @The Only Normal Person Here.:

    Loved your theory man !!Recommend

  • Fighter
    Feb 1, 2011 - 10:46PM

    Oh my !! have we all gone insane. What a shame, I belive this whole idea of Blaspheme.
    needs a major introspection by its upholders. Recommend

  • Imran
    Feb 1, 2011 - 11:15PM

    Woe betide this stone-hearted and sanctimonious professor for landing the guy in this trouble. He must always be ashamed of himselfRecommend

  • Kalim Irfani
    Feb 2, 2011 - 3:52AM

    Forgive me if I had missed the thread, But to put it in proper context, please post this boy’s age and the ‘objectionable’ comments verbatum, before any verdicts passed against him could even be considered by the fallible human beings.


    -Kalim IrfaniRecommend

  • hamza shakeel
    Feb 2, 2011 - 9:13AM

    a 17 year old is a mature boy in Pakistan, he must have a full knowledge of sex, unfortunately nothing about Islam. He should be punished in the world, although Hell can wait. Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 2, 2011 - 9:29AM

    Is it a fashion now ?

    to commit blasphemy? I dont have warm water to take bath….okie so who to blame….ohhh yes ..lets do the blasphemy ….. i dont like coffee today ….. what to do? ohhhh yes….lets do blasphemy

    and each time…..1000s of supporters popup who want to support the person who did blasphemy ……and again the same debate starts which has already bogged down Pakistani nation……. i donot even understand why doing blasphemy is so easy……..

    Saying bad things about friends, parents, city, state, country or Pakistan is acceptable…..why he didnt blame the system, the course books, the teachers or himself ………… how he jumped to blasphemy? how?

    These are psychotic individuals……. do their psychoanalysis and make sure that no one follows that path …… I believe, something is missing somewhere that is leading to blasphemyRecommend

  • Ahmed Rasid
    Feb 2, 2011 - 12:45PM

    I think the whole world must make full use of the relative safety of the internet and make blasphemous and offensive content about the prophet and flood the internet world. This will desensitise the muslims and they will not take to the streets demanding the head of the blasphemer. Recommend

  • Feb 2, 2011 - 2:40PM

    we are a self-destructing Frankenstein monster.. this is as ridiculous as it can get..Recommend

  • AZ
    Feb 2, 2011 - 2:57PM


    The likes of your kind disgust me! Recommend

  • Malik
    Feb 2, 2011 - 3:19PM

    Problem is pro-blasphemy lobby is demonstrating such a bad picture of Islam that new generation is loosing respect for religion.

    This is what happened in west too. People just left religion behind once theocrats made is too difficult to live with it.Recommend

  • A Friend from Australia
    Feb 3, 2011 - 11:06AM

    In most of the the world there is a serious discussion about whether god even exists. In many counties in Europe and Asia the majority of people believe there is no such thing as god. In my country, Australia, it is close to 50%. If you can’t establish for certain whether god is an imaginary being, or really exists, you can’t make a law based on him or her or it. You definitely can’t go killing people for offending someone who might or might not be real. If god wants people punished for blasphemy, let god do it himself. Put them in the town square and let all the believers say “now, god, do it!”. I assure you, nothing will happen. Nothing at all. Every test of this type has failed to prove the existence of god, and every such test will fail in the future. I know people don’t think this way in Pakistan, but if someone has some sort of proof, let’s see it. In the meantime, I will not mind one little bit if you blaspheme against Zeus, or Baal, or Shiva or the Holy Spirit or Yahweh. And please keep all faith – including faith in Islam – a matter of choice and of freedom. Recommend

  • AZ
    Feb 3, 2011 - 3:42PM

    @ Friend from Australia
    Very well-said. I agree with your take on the existence of God. If one believe that there is no God then that is his/her choice. If one chooses to believe in the existence of God, that his his/her choice. Religion/faith is a personal matter, as it should be. But, easier said then done.

    I have never visited Australia so I don’t know how these issues are dealt with over there. But here, in the so called .Land of the Pure’, self-proclaimed saviors of religion consider themselves to be above all when it comes to all matters pertaining to religion.

    Take the example of ‘Mr Ali’, who had commented earlier on the issue, citing the justification of punishment for the accused boy. The likes of him are the venom flowing in the veins of society who know nothing better to incite hatred on the basis of religion. A religion that people like him fail to understand in its entirety, with the only source of knowledge being a) Madressa education, b) Influenced by the preaching of your neighborhood moulvi (afterall,,, all you need to do is grow a beard, carry a ‘maswaak’ , say ‘Bismillah, Masha Allah, InshAllah, etc’ in every sentence and voila,, you are now a moulvi, with a license to corrupt the young minds), c) being a regular viewer of the various televangelists airing on TV OR the worse possible one, d) attending the various religious gatherings organized by fundamental right-wing religious groups who seek to educate the masses with knowledge about religion (read: offer the crash course to becoming a ‘fundo’).
    Should these poor souls adopt a non-biased attitude actually go and ‘study’ Islam and its teachings, perhaps their minds will be lot less corrupted.

    Having said all this, the point I’m trying to make is that no matter what we say, the ‘fundos’ amongst us will continue to be the way they are, citing their limited knowledge on religion for any and every thing only to justify their argument i.e. should they even possess the comprehensive skills to actually put up an intellectual debate. Once again, taking the example of Mr Ali, the poor chap made an argument against the boy based on his limited understanding of the matter, utterly preconceived notions and the inherent strain of fundamentalist teaching instilled in him by one or more of the methods stated above. Then, using his best possible grammatical skills, he proceeded to actually announce and justify the ‘right’ punishment for the accused, which would really ‘ teach him a lesson’. Interesting, wont you say, how one instantly became an expert on Islamic law and the prevalent judicial practices. Following which he attempted to give some haphazard replies to those who challenged his limited worldview before finally disappearing. There you go, I present to you the ill-educated, hate-mongering, anti-liberalism, right-wing Fundamentalist, on whom the voice of reason is lost and the likes of which run rampant across our country, slowly taking it towards oblivion.

    P.S. @ Australian Friend… just a heads up,,,, get ready to be called a ‘blasphemer, infidel, zionist conspirator etc etc’ ;) . .Your comment was most interesting but I highly doubt that its true meaning will be understood by many.


  • Marius from Norway
    Feb 3, 2011 - 5:36PM

    Way to go, Pakistan, throwing a kid in jail for “blaspheming” against your non-existant, imaginary friend in the sky. The 21st century is calling, you backwards peasants, want to join it?Recommend

  • Niels Christensen
    Feb 4, 2011 - 2:05AM

    Pakistan is a society with many problems, economic, ethnic in fighting, and then the country waste it’s time by jailing a schoolboy. How can anybody take Pakistan serious ?
    And Blasfemy-upholder : ‘Now the police should investigate whether his norway cousins have instigated him against islam. if found so, they should also be booked.’
    Book Norwegian citizens ? some muslims suffer from islamic megalomania. Recommend

  • A Friend from Australia
    Feb 4, 2011 - 3:13AM

    @AZ Your articulate, thoughtful and insightful comment fills me with hope. While the minority of misguided – or perhaps I could say evil – people who use force might seem like they have the power. The terror they threaten seems like strength. In fact they are weak and desperate. I believe their ideas and their movement are in their death throes. The knowledge and freedom younger generations are getting from the internet and other sources will see sense and justice and life prevail. We are seeing that across the Arab world right now in a political context. Let’s hope it turns out peacefully and the movement spreads. Recommend

  • Raz
    Feb 4, 2011 - 9:44AM

    @Zahra: You are very true in your assertion. The right of freedom of speech entitles any person to disagreement on any matter while others have a duty to accept his to differ and to listen and to tolerate his views. This is how the world operates. Penalizing one for having views differing from others is not justifiable.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Feb 5, 2011 - 2:38AM

    Does anyone else think the professor should be punished for divulging a confidential exam paper?Recommend

  • vasan
    Feb 5, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Faraz: I think not. Because the professor didnt commit Blasphemy. Dont you know that only Blasphemy can be prosecuted and tried in Pakistan. REst can go scot free starting from Raymond Davis.Recommend

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