Shaan Taseer booked for 'hate speech' following Christmas message

Published: December 31, 2016

LAHORE: An FIR was registered on Saturday against Shaan Taseer, son of slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, for alleged ‘hate speech’ after he sent a greeting out to fellow countrymen on the occasion of Christmas.

Islampura police station received an application from its SHO Nasir Hameed and subsequently booked Shaan under Section 295-A of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) without naming him in the report.

However, religious organisation Sunni Tehreek is pressing the police to register a case against Shaan under Section 295-C of PPC.

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According to the SHO, he received a video message in a USB wherein a man was wishing his viewers Merry Christmas and requesting fellow countrymen to pray for minority members being exploited by, what he called, the “inhumane blasphemy law”.

The man also requested prayers for blasphemy victims including Asia Bibi, Nabeel Masih and their families, and all other Pakistanis languishing in jails on charges of blasphemy, the SHO added.

According to the FIR, the man who made the speech in the video had made a mockery of the blasphemy law and hurt religious sentiments of Muslims.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Shaan said, “The state [seems to be] retreating whenever or wherever the mob appears to exact blood for imagined slights. Whereas the state should come into action when violent mobs arise [but] it retreats and even assists it. To find hate speech in today’s Pakistan not in the ranks of the ASWJ or the Lal masjid but in a Christmas message is the stuff of satire. It reminds me of a 50 50 skit.”

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Meanwhile, Sunni Tehreek Lahore chapter president Mujahid Abdul Rasool told The Express Tribune that he had filed an application at Mughalpura police station for registration of an FIR against Shaan under Section 295-C of PPC.

He accused the police of trying to protect Shaan by registering FIR against an unidentified man despite the fact that the man in the video had introduced himself as Shaan Taseer.

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was attacked and killed in a firing incident in Islamabad’s Kohsar market. He was shot by one of his security guards, an elite force personnel, who has been identified as Malik Mumtaz Hussain.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Mohammed Sattar
    Dec 31, 2016 - 10:50PM

    The land of the pure is fast becoming the land of intolerance. May Allah help us all. Recommend

  • Ashfaq
    Jan 1, 2017 - 4:25AM

    We are all against the draconian blasphemy law but none have spine to stand upRecommend

  • I. Khan
    Jan 1, 2017 - 5:28AM

    What is the matter with our Mufti and Mullah in Pakistan, why are they so unsecure and over-sensitive towards religions. Prime Minister of Canada and Mayor of Toronto says Eid Mubarak to all Muslims at Ed and attends Eid celebrations, every one appreciates them.
    I think Muslims as a whole have more religious rights in Canada than they have in Pakistan.Recommend

  • MK
    Jan 1, 2017 - 11:11AM

    Poor Shaan should learn and think very carefully about what his other family members have gone through and that he would not be spared the same treatment. Speaking out for minorities is a dangerous and risky job, even if it’s a noble cause. He should help out in other ways, maybe financially.Recommend

  • mushtaq
    Jan 1, 2017 - 11:20AM

    If this is termed hate speech,then what is when Mullah spreads venom against minorities,Sia,Ahmadiya,and others?Are they above law?Or all we deaf or dumbs?Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Jan 1, 2017 - 11:25AM

    NAP into oblivionRecommend

  • Ahmad
    Jan 1, 2017 - 11:45AM

    @Mohammed Sattar:
    It has become already. Recommend

  • Singh
    Jan 1, 2017 - 2:13PM

    @Mohammed Sattar:

  • Aviator
    Jan 1, 2017 - 6:57PM

    Thank you Shaan Taseer for speaking up for minority rights and intollerance.Recommend

  • Stark reality
    Jan 1, 2017 - 8:32PM

    Leave the family alone. They have suffered enough at the hands of mullahs.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Jan 1, 2017 - 9:43PM

    @I. Khan: Because the vast majority of them are totally brain dead.Recommend

  • Nelson
    Jan 2, 2017 - 7:21AM

    Good to see sensible comments from few Pakistanis, who are more tolerable towards other religions Recommend

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