Allegations: Punjab govt officials accused of blasphemy

Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz demanded action against Shahbaz Sharif and Nasir Mahmud Khosa.

Express July 14, 2011


Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz has demanded legal action against population welfare minister Punjab, Zakia Shahnawaz, Secretary Javed Akhtar and Director-General Umar Rasool, accusing them of committing blasphemy.

TNR president Sahibzada Razaul Mustafa has also demanded action against Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Secretary Nasir Mahmud Khosa for their alleged complicity on the grounds that they failed to take action against the offenders three days after advertisements were published in newspapers which had blasphemous content. Mustafa has accused the minister and the two officials of insulting the beard, sunnat of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), in advertisements by the population welfare department, Punjab, which appeared in three Urdu newspapers on July 11.

Editors, publishers and printers of Jang, Nawa-e-Waqt and Daily Express have also been nominated in the application for committing blasphemy by publishing the advertisement. The TNR has asked that they be tried along with the other offenders under Section 295-A, while the chief minister and chief secretary should be prosecuted under section 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2011.


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S.A. Sheikh, | 9 years ago | Reply

@AM: both these proud son of the soil, who paid a heavy, vey heavy price, for speaking truth and for the sake of the TRUTH. Their truthfulness and the supreme sacrifice(of life)actually revive the old memories of great Greek philosopher/prophet of his times, called Hakeem Sukraat or Socretese, who had paid the price for his God-given right to say and speek what he considerd Truth in things arround him in this mundane world. He was bold and brave like our modern time Shuhada, whome the enemies of maqnkind and humanity coul not bow down while alive and thought that by killing ,they would get rid of them. But! alas how wrong they were. Just like Hakeem Sukraat, they becme immortal due to sacrifying their lives to safgaured the true values of human life.Even today,in our own preset times, all those who are being calculatedly killed for their religion and faith matters, are the true followers of Hakeem Sukraat, giving their life to safeguard the for human rights and virtues,like the freedom of human conscience and its free expression. Let all of us get-togather and live and let live others with the noble slogan of'love for all, hat for none' to make life worth-living for all the time to come, Insha Allah. Let us join togather to say long live the most valued human right of freedom of human conscience and its free expression, a right without which the very purpose of the human race and the creation of this universe, our 'qainaat' will remain, unrealised and unfulfilled.

Bilal | 9 years ago | Reply

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