Mukhtar Mai in Jamshed Dasti’s crosshairs

Published: June 30, 2010
Gang-rape victim alleges that Jamshed Dasti threatened her to withdraw case

Gang-rape victim alleges that Jamshed Dasti threatened her to withdraw case

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) legislator Jamshed Dasti has allegedly threatened gang-rape victim Mukhtar Mai to withdraw her appeal in the Supreme Court against the accused rapists.

In an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune, Mukhtar Mai, an iconic character who came to the limelight for her brave fight for justice after being gang-raped, has alleged that MNA Jamshed Dasti is threatening her family through his emissaries to withdraw the case or face dire consequences.

In 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a woman from a remote district of Southern Punjab Muzaffargarh, was allegedly gang-raped by order of her tribal council as punishment for her younger brother’s alleged relationship with a woman from a powerful clan. Instead of living in shame, as is the case with most victims in Pakistan, Mukhtar set a valiant precedent by pursuing justice and knocking on the door of the court.

“Mr Dasti threatened me last week through his messengers in Mir Wala (Muzaffargarh) to withdraw my case from the apex court and to compromise with the Mastoi Brathery, 14 members of whom are in prison,” Mukhtar Mai said in an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune.

Mukhtar also alleged that Dasti, through the supporters of Federal Minister for Defence Production, Sardar Qayyum Jatoi, whose constituency she lives in, is putting pressure on her family in all sorts of ways.  She said that her 60-year-old father, who is a woodcutter by profession, had also been warned that he would have to face the music.

In a message to her brother Hazoor Bakhash, Jatoi’s supporters had been pressing the family to ask DPO Muzaffargarh to remove the police check post from outside their house, she said, adding that her family was in immense fear and did not know how they would survive in Mir Wala if this sort of pressure is kept up.

She said that she had visited Aitzaz Ahsan, her lawyer, in Lahore and briefed him on the situation last week, requesting him to ask the authorities concerned to ensure the safety of her and her family. Aitzaz, who she said has not charged a single penny for the case, asked her to keep resolute; the case, he ensured, will soon be taken up by the Supreme Court and justice will be delivered, said Mukhtar.

Meanwhile, when approached by The Express Tribune, an unabashed Jamshed Dasti, who is no stranger to controversy, confirmed that he had indeed requested Mukhtar to reach a compromise on the matter.

He claimed that the judgment delivered by the then Anti-Terrorism Court in the case was adversely affected by immense pressure from then president Pervez Musharraf and anti-Islamic lobbies. “I swear, the persons imprisoned in jail are innocent and the court has no justification giving the death sentence to the accused persons in a gang-rape case,” a furious Dasti said. The Supreme Court may take up the case and decide it within ninety days, he said, criticising Mukhtar as someone who distorted the image of Islam and played into the hands of non-Muslim NGOs.

When asked about Dasti’s unreserved comments, Justice (Retd) Tariq Mehmood told The Express Tribune that the statements amount to ridiculing and defaming the court, which has announced a proper judgment after conducting proper proceedings.

Also pointing out that the matter is subjudice, Mehmood questioned how anyone can comment on the case. Mr Dasti’s comment on an under trial case, he said, primafacia amounts to contempt of court; he could be summoned by the apex court, he added.

Only affected persons can file an appeal to seek justice from the court, he concluded.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (79)

  • Jun 30, 2010 - 3:25AM

    I mean this guy really knows how to put his foot in his mouth! Recommend

  • S.A.R.A
    Jun 30, 2010 - 4:06AM

    Whoa! Jamshed Dasti, preaching Islam? PPP has to worry about Extremism within now.. Sad!Recommend

  • Tippu
    Jun 30, 2010 - 4:23AM

    So what he is trying to say is that he knows who raped mukhtar mai but mukhtar mai, god bless her, has no idea who tortured her. And on top of that, he is trying to justify rape as an islamic act that the courts should encourage.
    What a national disgrace this person is. And Gillani (my son can beat up whoever he wants) is a bigger disgrace as a PM for supporting this culprit.Recommend

  • Jun 30, 2010 - 4:45AM

    “Bairri mein wattay”[extra load upon a tiny boat]is a Seraiki idiom but president Zardari alongwith Babar Awan,Raja Ashraf,Naveed Qamar,Yaseen Watto and Jamshaid Dasti does not know the wisdom behind this idiom.Recommend

  • Jano
    Jun 30, 2010 - 7:49AM

    I never thought I will see the day when a MNA elected on Shaheeed Benazir’s party ticket will threaten victim and fight for Rapists.Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Jun 30, 2010 - 8:23AM

    Ruled by the feudal what else could we expect. Recommend

  • Syed Muhammad Waqas Shabir
    Jun 30, 2010 - 8:50AM

    How very true for Mr. Dasti…

    Wow! what a legislator (who has been endorsed by none other than the Prime Minister of Pakistan himself in the recent elections)!!! Recommend

  • Saleha Khan
    Jun 30, 2010 - 8:52AM

    Seriously, I have one question now…WHO IS JAMSHED DASTI???Recommend

  • asif
    Jun 30, 2010 - 8:54AM

    disgusting this man should have his neck wrung how dare he say this about and to a woman who has suffered so muchRecommend

  • fawwad
    Jun 30, 2010 - 9:43AM

    All these politicos including this “handkerchief” dude are making a mockery out of all of us, let alone the courts…..
    Mr. Jinnah, must be twisting and rolling in his grave….
    May God Almighty have mercy on this nation of the extremes….Recommend

  • Hamza Baloch
    Jun 30, 2010 - 9:49AM

    I think the biggest blunder in this term of Pp govt is Jamshad desti!Recommend

  • S
    Jun 30, 2010 - 9:57AM

    crooks of the first order.Recommend

  • Azeem
    Jun 30, 2010 - 10:06AM

    Will he ever learn…..I think not.Recommend

  • Realist
    Jun 30, 2010 - 10:23AM

    To Baloch

    It is not a blunder. Its a display of power and support. Through Dasti, they are telling people like you and me that we can change nothing. They can openly support someone like Dasti and still get enough votes to win the elections.

    This country is gone. There is no hope left for this nation.Recommend

  • darrumaz
    Jun 30, 2010 - 10:45AM

    what an MNA…I think we should rename our national assembly to National lawbreaking assembly.Recommend

  • Dr. A Ahmed
    Jun 30, 2010 - 10:57AM

    now lets see if someone has enough faith to actually file blasphemy case against the so called defender of democrazy.

    afterall democrazy is the best revenge…Recommend

  • Rubya
    Jun 30, 2010 - 10:59AM

    Our PM and President should be ashamed to provide shelter to this “FAKE DEGREE HOLDER”.Now he is showing how shameless he can be, first of all on his fake degree and now on threatening a genuine MAZLOOM lady!!Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Jun 30, 2010 - 11:12AM

    I blame all those who voted for him and made him MNA, again! after he resigned for having a fake degree… He is an uneducated, uncouth person, we expect no better from him. But I expect a lot better from our people than to elect people like Dasti back into power after being shamed and ridiculed publicly.


    Whats the point of democracy again?Recommend

  • Aristo
    Jun 30, 2010 - 11:26AM

    It is unfortunate but true at the same time that there is a bit of JAMSHED DASTI in each and every PAKISTANI, including myself. We are all hypocrites, hence everybody must work to get rid of this trait within ourselves first and then there will be no JAMSHED DASTIS to be found.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 30, 2010 - 11:40AM

    I am surprised that everyone knows about Dasti and still PPP gave ticket to him and he was also elected.
    This is our ppl’s behavior if they were given choice…Recommend

  • abu bakr
    Jun 30, 2010 - 11:42AM

    wah Dasti wah!Recommend

  • Saif
    Jun 30, 2010 - 11:52AM

    this guy has a strong vote bank, for which he is supported by the president and his subordinates. Recommend

  • Shafiq
    Jun 30, 2010 - 12:00PM

    This is what we call “PAKISTAN”

    Shame on all of us, we elects such people and we deserve what we getsRecommend

  • AJ
    Jun 30, 2010 - 12:11PM

    See what has become of Pakistan People’s Party! Could Shaheed Bhuttos even dream of this?Recommend

  • Sarwar
    Jun 30, 2010 - 12:18PM

    When will the day come when these MNA will be questioned for their actRecommend

  • Amna Zaman
    Jun 30, 2010 - 12:19PM

    This one level of corruption and extremism as well. Just like the Taliban why do we have double standards as well. We must condemn such actions for the better of our country.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Jun 30, 2010 - 12:21PM

    Golden words of President Zardari “Hamara Dasti bhi jeet ta hai, hamara Jat jeet ta hai”Recommend

  • Jun 30, 2010 - 12:57PM

    If there is a death sentence for raps then Talibans in swat has raped more then 2000 in swat & are in the custody of gov.As the victims of Swat has not contacted NGO,s so they are ignored, start & punish them like Mukhtara mai, these Talibans has confessed their crimes while Mukhtara mai accused has not.Recommend

  • Jun 30, 2010 - 1:07PM

    This really puts a question mark to those people who support PPP because they think it is a liberal party.Recommend

  • Zainab Ali
    Jun 30, 2010 - 1:11PM

    It seems this guy has no regard for the decisions of the court; our country is already facing a multitude of problems, and persons like these are trying to disregard the judicial system by calling it Un- Islamic. It is a known fact that every law in this country has been enacted keeping in view the teachings of Islam.Recommend

  • parvez
    Jun 30, 2010 - 1:27PM

    Our President and PM are smart men. They ensure the likes of Dasti
    remain to do his “act” and keep the crowds engaged and distracted so
    that important matters like the recent RPP from China that has not worked and failed the experts test (total cost to nation US 130 million) goes mostly unnoticed.
    Also I don’t believe the people chose him – he was thrust on the people. Our electoral process is a disgrace.Recommend

  • kaswar klasra
    Jun 30, 2010 - 3:10PM

    Great revelation Zahid. Recommend

  • Jun 30, 2010 - 4:27PM

    PPP hires incompetent sociopaths? shockerRecommend

  • Jun 30, 2010 - 4:39PM

    Nothing to worry about it because when the government and public supports a person who was declared illegible for leading then the result will be more worst than this.Recommend

  • Tahera
    Jun 30, 2010 - 5:08PM

    Threatening victims(or attempting to do so)into submission is not uncommon in any country/culture, but perhaps more so in ours because we’re unable to provide hope to victims for justice in the first place. What is truly commendable is the media role in highlighting injustice and hence providing victims some hope for redress, plus providing deterrence for future violations. Recommend

  • Ifrah Mirza
    Jun 30, 2010 - 5:20PM

    So basically the guy who didn’t know the number of siparay in the Quran and held a fake degree, is blaming Mukhtaran Mai of distorting the image of Islam because the woman had courage to stand up and ask for justice!!! Such audacity!Recommend

  • Asim Kaleem
    Jun 30, 2010 - 5:23PM

    Mukhtaran mai ….. don’t get afraid ……… we are with u ……..Recommend

  • Bangash
    Jun 30, 2010 - 7:15PM

    This is what happens when graduation condition is removed and ignorants come into Parliament.Recommend

  • Schazad
    Jun 30, 2010 - 9:15PM

    It is totally our own fault. I think we should stand beside Mukhtaran Mai Sahiba in this case. How can someone talk about saving a rapist and that too belonging to PPP. I myself am a supporter of the party but this is absolutely unacceptable. By the way how did he re-elected when his degree is fake from the get go????Recommend

  • jawad
    Jun 30, 2010 - 9:36PM

    Here are two things that Aitzaz Ahsan should do immediately.

    It is a crime to threaten and intimidate witnesses in a criminal case. Make sure that criminal charges are brought against Mr Dasti and his chamchas. It is amazing that Tribune, the supreme court and her own lawyer are not paying attention to this crime.
    He is not just her lawyer, he is also a member of the odious PPP. He should condemn Mr Dasti in public and demand that his party punish this criminal behavior. Failing that he should either resign from the PPP or resign as Ms Mai’s lawyer.

    And here is something the rest of us can do: Acknowledge our role in letting Ms Mai down. She made a supreme sacrifice for us. We made none in return. Instead of whining about politicians, we should be camping outside her house and greeting any of Mr Dasti’s champchas that come around.Recommend

  • S Zaffar Khan
    Jun 30, 2010 - 10:51PM

    Dashti’s antics reflect General Musharraf’s comments in NY at the start of the Mukhtar Mai case. Both sides of the coin are the same – the majority of men in power in this country think alike – mostly like feudals.

    One wouldnt be surprised if Mai’s father was beaten up or killed by “unknown assailaints” or if she herself was bumped off or disappeared. The poor and the weaker sex are increasingly becoming vulnerable and marginalised, and not everyone can turn to lawyers like Aitizaz Ahsan for legal aid, moral support and protection.Recommend

  • H Saqib
    Jun 30, 2010 - 11:15PM

    We are known for double standards. No wonder we are called hypocrites.
    Read: link textRecommend

  • Iqbal Dawood
    Jul 1, 2010 - 12:15AM

    Aitizaz Ahsan is asking Mauktaran Mai to be resolute good but when will he himself be resolute an dstand up for his client, doesn’t he know that Dasti is the blue eyed boy of both the president and the genius prime minister, now he should forget his so called party loyalty and stand up for his client and truth. Truth and justice is more important than party loyalty.Recommend

  • Abdul Aziz
    Jul 1, 2010 - 1:10AM

    The presence of Jamshed Dasti in the govt. is a disgrace. When the foreign press accuses us of impropriety we are up in arms. But the reality is that we must learn to accept criticism when it is true. The only way to resolve these issues is to refuse election tickets to people like Jamshed Dasti. He can be charged with contempt when as a visible member of a Govt. institution he publicly comments and acts on a subjudice case. Recommend

  • Jul 1, 2010 - 1:11AM

    Just read it….If it’s true, Its a big SHAME…Recommend

  • dejected jiyala
    Jul 1, 2010 - 2:27AM

    PPP should decide now about their future course of action . either opt for dasti or protect BB’s wisdom . Recommend

  • Begum Zebunissah Hamid
    Jul 1, 2010 - 5:06AM

    How many times does a woman have to be RAPED before society can face it?
    For generations women like Mukhtaran Mai have had to face and fight their rapist and in fear of death and harm to themselves and their family.
    Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) legislator Jamshed Dasti should be booted out of office, but alas Pakistani men and you know who you are are a bunch of shameless people who will not oust Hamshed Dasti.
    Pakistani men are dishonoured who will write heavily worded blogs, and pretend to be outraged but in reality will put their tails behind & run.
    There has been very superficial rage to the rape and mistreatment of women in Pakistan because no matter what one says; They are considered as second class citizens and till that changes, women will be raped, assaulted and abused & we will suffer in pain.Recommend

  • Tippu
    Jul 1, 2010 - 5:50AM

    Unfortunately, the dishonorable PM gillani has repeatedly stated that he will protect dast(i) and will not allow him to go to jail. Infact, gillani, the defender of all louts, has even stated that he is prepared to fight the courts over mr Dast(i), a person he really admires.

    Given the above, there is little chance aitzaz ahsan, god bless him, or the courts can do anything.

    Who elected these guys???Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jul 1, 2010 - 10:11AM

    I wonder if a rape happened to a family member of Mr Dasti, if he would still be forcing the victim to withdraw the case and blaming non-muslim NGOs for the imprisonment of the rapists. How sad is the state of affairs in the land of pure.. What stone age we live in..Recommend

  • Ammar
    Jul 1, 2010 - 10:22AM

    “When asked about Dasti’s unreserved comments, Justice (Retd) Tariq Mehmood told The Express Tribune that the statements amount to ridiculing and defaming the court, which has announced a proper judgment after conducting proper proceedings”

    If instruments of courts are making a mockery of courts by indulging their selves in politics and giving statements to expressly declare their tilt towards a particular party, then why this loose cannon Dasti should be an exception. This is a unique phenomenon in the 63 long years of this country that an opposition party is playing the role of government, media is playing the role of judiciary, and judiciary is playing the role of politicians.

    Can somebody ask Mr. Tariq Mehmood, who took oath on PCO like his source of admiration (his Excellency Mr. Iftikhar Ch.) that is there any penalty for the wrong doings of Judges, or they are above all the codes both moral and professional? Last night I heard him saying that if Kh. Sharif has said something in innocence then he should not do it again. What an idea, first you murder justice through the judicial powers you have and then claim your innocence and continue working as an instrument of an important constitutional institution such as Judiciary!

    Lastly let me ask the champions of justice in media, is this justice that you highlight the wrong doing of a particular party and cover-up the others’? What a shame!Recommend

  • Rashid Majeed
    Jul 1, 2010 - 11:27AM

    Realy we fill shame to tell others this kind of guys we have MNA in our country…
    i request our innocent people plz choose good peopls who having good back ground atleast, until we will suffer and these are enjoying life whithout pay some things…Recommend

  • Amanat ali
    Jul 1, 2010 - 12:21PM

    Very sad to know that “Dasti” is threatening the victim Mai. He should shame on it. He is already famous for crimes and bad-reputation and fraud Degree. He should be punished for all of his dones. every reasonable person hate him for his doings. God bless our Pakistan and keep safe from this type of peoples.Recommend

  • Jul 1, 2010 - 12:37PM

    Beauty of democracy!Recommend

  • Farooq Khan
    Jul 1, 2010 - 12:53PM

    If the net intectuals are angry then Dastee has done his job.Recommend

  • Taufiq
    Jul 1, 2010 - 2:38PM

    I will only say that “Allah ki lathee bay awaz hai”.Recommend

  • Azhar
    Jul 1, 2010 - 5:01PM

    Dashti khappay ):Recommend

  • ali
    Jul 2, 2010 - 4:13AM

    This jamshed dasti is against ppp and he is always insulting PPP.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Jul 2, 2010 - 4:15AM

    Yar this jamshed dasti has bogus degree and he is fraud. I do not know why Mr. Gillani has selected his for MPA. Kindly condemn him as much as we can Recommend

  • RAY
    Jul 2, 2010 - 9:33AM

    I think just feel shame after writing the above commnets, I am not protecting any one or in favour of anyone. I just say, If anyone is bad character or lier…………then…We should be follow him/her??

    On the other hand it is our habbit to protect ourselve if any one point out fingure on us, we do not see ourself that why he did not…we just say….brust on him/her by saying that becuase U father lies this, your brother do this, so on………………….

    Onething remember she is a women and a women is our sister/mothter/doughter too…just replace her with your own sister/mother/doughter then write on JC or others……..

    aray Bhai….let the wait the day of judgement…….Recommend

  • Mussadiq
    Jul 2, 2010 - 10:29AM

    **Where is Asma Jehangir, why her lips are closed.
    Where is Atizaz Ahsan why his lips are closed.**Recommend

  • Lubna Zahid
    Jul 2, 2010 - 2:54PM

    That gang and their all supporters must be given such punishment that in future no one can dare to do such crimes…..
    God bless that lady and all those who are fighting against such evils. its a shame for this nation that we vote for such leaders who are unable to stop such crimes, rather they are ready to defend the persons involved in such crimes.
    O Nation….O Muslim….for god sake….its time to wake up and fight for your rights otherwise these wild animals would come up dominant over innocent people and their evil desires would continue to destroy the lives of innocent families.Recommend

  • Jul 2, 2010 - 3:19PM

    Dasti need to get kicked on his faceRecommend

  • Jul 2, 2010 - 5:52PM

    nothing unexpected..!!Recommend

  • Asad kayani
    Jul 2, 2010 - 5:59PM

    what is going around?????

    jamsheed dasti is threatening ppl…

    he don’t ev a degree…

    everything is crystal clear…

    and still he is an MPA…

    jeevaay Bhutoo!!!!! :(Recommend

  • farhan
    Jul 2, 2010 - 9:56PM

    Unfortunate to the core. There is no room for PPP to support this crime.

    Lets ask PPP, if it is true, punish this man or never talk about women rights.Recommend

  • Jul 3, 2010 - 2:07AM

    Its Mullah Jamshed Dasti now? What the hells going on thiss lady is the victim not the criminal!Recommend

  • Jul 3, 2010 - 9:46AM

    Mukhtaran Mai was abominably, inhumanly, unpardonably treated like a plaything by the ignorant, uneducated, archaic tribal heads through the laws they have fabricated and manipulated for eons. This is just to protect their so- called ‘Biradari system.

    Jamshed Dasti should acquire an iota of morality from our GOOD LORD by praying / begging for forgiveness and start to study privately to become a better human being.

    This incident cannot be pardoned under any form of human intelligence. Also thanx to our Musharraf who treated it so unconceredly.

    Mukhtaran Mai INSHALLAH you will see justice being done.Recommend

  • wajeeha malik
    Jul 3, 2010 - 12:35PM

    ‘Most of you guys don’t know the facts about Mukhtaran bibi aka charsi mukhtaraan ..yes that’s what she was called in her village before she shoot to fame and became a crorepati ..she not only became a crorepati by selling her fake mirch-masale wali story but also got a ‘pati’ after that so called ‘gang rape’ that never even took place.For your information she recently got married to the same police man who helped her filing a fake FIR against the Mastois-who’s 9yrs old daughter was raped by mukhtaraan mai 20 yr old brother..
    As a journalist who hail from mukhtaran mai village i know all the facts and i know mr dasti is right…mukhtaraan mai is hated by the entire body likes her as she is responsible for the suffering of the entire Mastoi community..14 family members of the Mastoi community are in jail since 2001.i pray to ALLAH to punish all those(including ‘CHEAP-justice iftikhar, aitzaz ahsan ) who are respnsible for putting 14 innocent ppl behind bars .Aameen SUM Aameen!”Recommend

  • hani
    Jul 3, 2010 - 1:43PM

    We have to face such lier till the day we stand for our own self. Get Up Pakistan leave these politicians its not their country but ours. Recommend

  • Sajid
    Jul 3, 2010 - 3:44PM

    Dasti you should think before threatening any poor woman suffering a lot of problems if all this will happen to your family woman then you will threaten her also shame on you for threatening a victim and supporting a cruel and rapist for getting votes only we are all having sisters and daughters and we should not support rapists and shatan minded people OK DASTI keep it in mind Recommend

  • Kamran Haider
    Jul 5, 2010 - 12:22PM

    there is nothing to say because not even a single comment is in favor of this sleeping government and its justified leaders.

    our only problem is we are less in numbers and the population electing them who are least bother about knowing there actual state and character are more than 80% in the country. we have to approach them and awake them to avoid casting their precious vote to such type of people Recommend

  • acenith harper
    Jul 5, 2010 - 7:37PM

    trong text**what is wrong with the public ? should they not be on the street ? getting their country back from these thugs?? people wake up before its too late !!!!Recommend

  • H Saqib
    Jul 5, 2010 - 8:12PM

    Any idea what a fake degree is worth and which doors it can open for you? Read link textRecommend

  • Dr. Q K
    Jul 6, 2010 - 2:23PM

    What a shame to have people like Jamshed Dusti in the Govt. Shame on the people protecting him and re-electing him!! Recommend

  • readinglord
    Jul 6, 2010 - 5:08PM

    You are great dear Dasti to stand up for truth and justice. I had written much against you for that fake degree and feel ashamed now. I had wondered why people supported you despite that media toofan against you and how could you defeat Nawabzada and Mustafa Khar in the election. Now I understand you.

    As regards MM, I may clarify that I have no personal grudge against her. What I hate is the shameful fraud case she launched against the poor Mastoies. On the other hand I admired CJ of SC, Iftikhar Choudhary, for his valiant stand against the firouniat of Mubashir, but he disappointed me for his meddling in this case which resulted in incarceration of Mastoies for over 5 years despite they having been acquitted by the High Court. God knows how long he takes in deciding the appeal of poor Mastoies. Recommend

  • hasib
    Jul 9, 2010 - 12:27PM

    The situation in our country would NEVER improve, those who believe that situation would improve in Pakistan, in terms of law, civil rights, education, health facilities, basic utilities and civic responsibilities are dreaming fools.Recommend

  • Muhammad Saqib ur Rehman
    Jul 12, 2010 - 10:04PM

    Good story and the parliamentarian should be ashamed over it.
    Muhammad Saqib ur Rehman
    Sports Reporter
    Daily State Express

  • Darlene Ford
    Jul 24, 2010 - 4:10PM

    It is fantastic to read the support all of the authors of these letters have given to Mukhtar Mai. I just read her story recently and I am truly inspired by her courage, humility and resilience. I am also aware of the rhetoric that Parliamentarians have used to kidnap and place her under house arrest. They say that she makes a mockery of Islam and the Pakistan Government in the west, when in fact it is they that do this to themselves through their threats and incompetency. To read this latest instalment of her being threatened again by this PPP legislator just makes the situation worse- he should be thrown in jail like any other common criminal.

    In her book, Mukhtar Mai praises her Imam for his support in the initial period following her rape, and expresses her devotion to Allah. There is NOT ONE word from her mouth that is negative towards Allah. What is evident, however is that the name of Islam and Allah was initially MISUSED to justify Mukhtar Mai’s rape, and it continues to be misused to justify corrupt and evil men trying to intimidate and harass innocent men and women.

    As it is men that hold most of the power in Pakistan, it is up to the religious leaders to not only take a stand against men who rape women, but also men who blaspheme the name of Allah in trying to justify their evil actions. If good men allow these crimes to go unpunished, then through their inaction, they also allow the name of Allah to be slurred.Recommend

  • readinglord
    Aug 13, 2010 - 12:31PM

    ““When asked about Dasti’s unreserved comments, Justice (Retd) Tariq Mehmood told The Express Tribune that the statements amount to ridiculing and defaming the court, which has announced a proper judgment after conducting proper proceedings”

    Which court, in the view of Tariq Mehmood, had announced a proper judgment after conducting proper proceedings – the trial court or the High Court?
    For his information, the trial court had sentenced 6 of the accused Mastoies to death whereas the LHC reversed this judgment by quashing the death sentence with a strong stricture against the trial court for sentencing the accused to death without any evidence.
    But before the acquitted persons could be released the CJ of SC intervened with his suo motu just as Musharraf had used his martial law against CJ to take up the case himself. He suspended the judgment of the LHC, sent all Mastoies to jail and let the case lie in limbo for over 5 years. I wonder if it is still there with the accused languishing in jail without any judgment announced and without conducting any proceedings just by suo motu power. Recommend

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