Former LHC chief justice to defend Mumtaz Qadri

Published: October 10, 2011
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Divisional Bench of the IHC to hear case on Tuesday. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Divisional Bench of the IHC to hear case on Tuesday. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Former Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif will defend Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, in court on Tuesday, confirmed Lawyer Raja Shujaur Rehman.

Justice Khawaja was appointed Chief Justice of the LHC on April 12, 2009 and retired on 8 December 2010 on attaining the age of superannuation. He was appointed to the court on May 21, 1998.

The CJ remained deposed from the bench from November 3, 2007 till March 17, 2009 when he was restored.

The Divisional bench (DB) of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), comprising of Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman and Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi will hear the case at 10:30am in the IHC.

Qadri had filed an appeal before the IHC earlier challenging his death sentence. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) sentenced Qadri to death earlier this month on two counts for the murder of Taseer. The self-confessed killer’s defence pleas, which invoked religious sentiments and argued the accused was provoked into the act, were dismissed by the court.

Qadri, a constable in the Punjab Police and a member of its Elite Force, tried to justify his murder of the governor by stating that he had killed him for supporting Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman whom Taseer had believed had been wrongly convicted of committing blasphemy.

Terror in the courts

Qadri’s trial has remained a controversial one, with violent protests being taken out across Pakistan against the verdict.

Additionally, the Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Pervaiz Ali Shah who passed the death sentence for Qadri was transferred to Lahore on Friday amid protest from religious groups.

The ATC judge who had sentenced Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, was transferred to Child Protection Court Bureau in Lahore, merely a month after he was posted to Rawalpindi.

The judge had been unable to perform his duty due to the hostility of a certain group of lawyers and other religious groups who had been asking the authorities to hand Shah over to them.

The lawyers had earlier asked the government to transfer the judge to some other city. The Rawalpindi District Bar had passed a resolution giving a five-day deadline to the government. The decision came after the nationwide strike by religious parties on Friday.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly mentioned Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan instead of Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, this has been fixed. The error is regretted.

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  • Sindhi-Topi
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:11PM

    Wah ! Sign of where Pakistan is going.

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  • B
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Hang him in public and make an example

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  • sashayub
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:15PM

    …for a man who has run his life on constant funding from jamia naeemiya and the sharif clan, what else can one expect……Recommend

  • Khawaja Faraz
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:16PM

    something getting fishy!!

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  • Oct 10, 2011 - 7:21PM

    Murderers turned into heroes? Wasn’t that supposed to be one of the signs of Doomsday?
    Oh, I get it; our holier-than-thou types are getting impatient: they’ve killed some, flogged some, burned some, beheaded some, how much longer do they have to wait for Heaven?!

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  • Love Hate
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:23PM

    I salute the courage of LHC former CJ to accept publicly his imbecility and enmity against PPP as well as slain Salman Taseer. Or I reckon its another popularity stunt of the so called lawyers and Former LHC CJ to come into scene once again. Former LHC CJ was promoting terrorism and providing legal assistance to Lal Masjid people which should be unveiled to show his mindset..Recommend

  • Mirza
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:27PM

    It has proved time and againt that the independent judiciary is nothing but a bunch of fundamentalists. Judge Sharif should wait for two years before he starts private practice. All govt servansts are required that. This also proves that Punjab govt and Punjab HC is the most friendly place for the convicted terrorists. This is called good govt by Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Sinned Beyond
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:34PM

    What I’ve failed to understand is what is the justification for this killing in the first place? He questioned the LAW he did NOT insult the Holy Prophet (PBUH) or the almighty. Just goes to show, this is somewhat similar to posing a paradox to one of the religious scholars during a Jummah Khutbah and wind up getting branded as a “Kafir”.

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  • Sindhi-Topi
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:37PM

    Pakistan is going in the right direction.

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  • Agha
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:39PM

    That’s messed up

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  • Asad
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:43PM

    Great News- May more and more people in Pakistan get into the true spirit of Islam! Ameen.

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  • Roflcopter
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:49PM

    subhanallah

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  • Mumtaz Qadri
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:49PM

    Slaute to Mr Chief Justice for his bold stance. How many can stand up against the current secular & non islamic regime. All the people here will related this to tablinzation but this is islamization.

    May Allah Bless Chief Justice.

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  • Ms Marium
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Hats off to the courage of LHC cheif justice – he must be proud of what he is doing – MASHALLAH!

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  • Mj
    Oct 10, 2011 - 7:52PM

    It is painful to see Pakistan descending into chaos, and anarchy; a place where murderers are considered heroes and sane voices are silenced. If the system breaks down, the result will be worse than Somalia and Afghanistan.

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  • Kamram
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:00PM

    What’s the difference between those who support Qadri and those who don’t? Supporters of Qadri are willing to kill anyone who comes in their way and those who don’t are patient. Our prophet created examples of forgiveness and patience. So, in reality, supporters of Qadri are blasphemous.

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  • Arsalan
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:01PM

    Everytime i hear an arguement in the favour of Killer Qadri, a little part of me which is proud of my country and religion, dies with great pain.. First a fanatic kills a person whom he was supposed to protect from any threat, based on allegations that do not make any sense at all then he confesses, goes to the court and there are other fundamentalists all over the country demanding his release..These people seriously need to go back and look at the life of Prophet Muhammad and his teachings and Sunnah.. Peace, tolerance, forgiveness, humility, kindess and love were the part of Prophet’s Sunnah, even for the worst enemies.. Since when defending killers became a part of Islam..???

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  • Aslam
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Hats off to your Chief Sb. We need more people like Qadri to remove secularism, ahmdiat, qadiyant from this country Inshallah.

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  • Waah Pakistan
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:06PM

    Waah….. Waah Pakistan…. Justice by Sharif!!!!! From today I am start thinking about how to leave Pakistan.Recommend

  • Waqar
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:07PM

    All Ahmadis, Qadyinas and seculars will opposed and talk insanity here. But three hurrah for Chief justice.

    Mumtaz Qadri is coming out, so you better run you secularsRecommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:07PM

    @ B, you didn’t say who should be hanged in public. ATC judge or Qadri? If you take both of them in public, they will hang ATC judge.

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  • Kamram
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:10PM

    All those who support Qadri. Did our prophet (PBUH) forgive and show mercy or did he murder anyone who stood against him? He forgave! I love the prophet (PBUH) but my love gives me no right to murder in his name. Qadri is a murderer and he deserves to die else people like Qadri have all the capabilities of blowing themselves up in the name of Allah. People like him have no conscious and are blinded by false faith.

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  • Adil
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:12PM

    What news could bring more shame than this…..sometimes I feel that Pakistan could not have been labelled as a terrorist nation or safe haven for terrorists and extremists,had such barbarians been dealt in the right and proper way. What else would one think about Pakistani society after witnessing support and love for murderers like M.M. Qadri in it with no one having enough gutts to criticize him at a public place….I bet tonnes of people will call Pakistan a nation of bigots,criminals,terrorists and demons after watching a society that’s hijacked by Mullahs apart from whatever ISI does in other nations.We have to clean our internal organs i.e. our soicety before talking about improving Pakistan’s image globally. How can any civilized person on the planet be sure about our nation’s commitment to become a rational and tolerant society after hearing that former high court judges are now defending murderers and terrorists.

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  • Ali
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:15PM

    Where are we heading with this? when did Islam allow justification of a murder, yes it was a murder and nothing else. I don’t get it, if he’s so right in what he did, why afraid to die? You are going straight to heaven right! so why appeal?

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  • Nick
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:15PM

    @Faction….
    what exactly does it mean to be a blasphemer. As a catholic do I blaspheme by stating that Christ is the Son of God? If I just believe it am I also a blasphemer? Is that punishable by death?
    Or do I have to explicitly state an utterance against Mohammed? or against the Koran?
    Please enlighten me!

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  • Aq
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:16PM

    Aren’t mr. Sharif supposed to work for justice. He should have defended a innocent instead of murderer.

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  • Cautious
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:19PM

    And what are the grounds for an appeal? The guy is a self admitted murderer – your religious beliefs aren’t suppose to get you special privileges.

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  • Oct 10, 2011 - 8:21PM

    Retired Chief Justice has signed on to a losing cause, and Qadri is a cold-blooded killer.

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  • Mahmood
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:21PM

    Even in the time of the Prophet (S.A.) straight up execution/butchering individuals without a hearing was -never- permissible. If you have a problem with another’s belief, starting a conversation about the differences is a good place to start instead of submitting to one’s trigger happy whims. The Quraish tormented the Prophet (S.A.) to no end, insulted his name, his family, his companions, his beliefs. At the conquest of Mecca, what did he do? Slaughter? No – there was amnesty for all in the hope of giving the people an opportunity to understand the ‘real mission’. It pains me to say that when people like Qadri exterminate others like this with impunity, it’s no wonder the world (that should be looking at the ‘real’ message of Islam) starts to see the faith as a religion spread by the sword. To those glorifying Qadri, please pick up a book on Sunnah and read first !

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  • Butt
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:23PM

    It has proved that Musharraf was correct in his decisions on the so called independent judiciary. The had to wait for such a long time. Punjab government has already provide Khawaja Sharif residence in GOR permanently.

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  • Zain
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:23PM

    Hang Qadri and all those that support him in public and let that be a warning for those who in the future might think of trying such actions. The LHC should be cleaned out of such judges. God knows how many of them they have let loose on us…Recommend

  • Mohsin Sayeed
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:27PM

    What I fail to understand that Qadri, and other supporters of the controversial Blasphemy Law claim that they can take and give lives for the sake of this law and the Honour of the Prophet (peace be upon him). They have taken lives earlier. Qadri has taken Salman Taseer’s life. Now, it’s their turn to give their lives and prove their claim true. So wat’s the hullabaloo about? Why is Qadri appealing? Why all the so-called religious parties and s0-called Muslims are opposing the decision. It’s the golden chance to give your lives for the ‘noble’ cause. Go die! Simple.

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  • Brasstacks
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:30PM

    @Kamram:
    Our prophet created examples of forgiveness and patience. So, in reality, supporters of Qadri are blasphemous. Or if I put it in other words then it means that the present day Mullahs & Islamists in Pak are not bothered about the Prophet at all and should all be declared KAFIRs.

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  • umair
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:38PM

    excellent work………..These are the people who are pillars of our state and religion……..

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  • syra
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:39PM

    this Khwaja Shareef charges a fee of Rs1.2 million for a case, may I know who is paying this time on behalf of Mr Mumtaz Qadri ?
    or any totus involved this time too, Lik Justice Bilal Khan use to have his touts doing out of court dealings ?
    No wonder Mr Taseer thought that he can make statements using irresponsible language , whic took him to his fate , but now why this case has became publicity stunt for senior lawyers like Justice Shareef ?Recommend

  • Oct 10, 2011 - 8:39PM

    Subhan-ALLAH.
    Masha-ALLAH.
    Chief Justice LHC, welcome to Islam-Lovers !!!

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  • Saleem
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:43PM

    So every murderer should be declared a martyr now and his life is spared. At least not in countries where there is a shred of Islam left in a society.

    In Islam, a human life is very sacred. I you take away someone’s life then you will lose your life. There are no two ways about it.

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  • sakhi ahmad
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:43PM

    long live Qadri Qadri Zidabad

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  • Insane
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:50PM

    All Indians:

    Dont worry about our country. The number of so called liberals as percentage of total population is the same in both Pakistan and India. Same is true for extremists. In fact you are one step ahead from us. Our extremists demand the release of a Killer while yours made a killer of thousands of innocent humans the chief minister of Gujraat. Now dont tell me that is an exception because same will be true for Qadri. So please go and wash your face first.

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  • Lobster
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:51PM

    Whats the point of law if anyone is permitted to killRecommend

  • Mona
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:52PM

    Is this the judiciary we fought for? What a strange country! I had never thought Pakistan would become such a scary place to live in. If Qadri is released, no one will be safe. Pakistan will not become a more Islamic state if a killer is set free, it will simply become an abode for the terrorists, the intolerant, and the extremists. A free Qadri will become a pir for his followers, and our religious mentor. Is this what we want? Then goodbye to the minorities of Pakistan, goodbye to the white in our flag, and goodbye to Jinnah’s vision of the country. What a way for a dream to end!Recommend

  • goggi
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:52PM

    I am an absolute opponent of capital punishment. This man should be confined in a reformatory with other murderers, we have in the meantime more then plenty in our country. The day such people start regretting their crimes, that will be the greatest win of human values in Pakistan. I wish Pakistan as a leading pacifistic nation of the world community.

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  • BraveHeart
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:00PM

    ALLAHU AKBAR
    Liberals should study islam before saying a word

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  • Ali
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:03PM

    This country is doom to disaster…hang him with out wasting a minute and give an emphatic answer to all the extremisit to watch out else they wud met the same fate!!Recommend

  • Sami
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:05PM

    @Aslam: No we don’t. We don’t want to turn Pakistan into Somalia or Afghanistan. If you like those Islamic models, please move there. Recommend

  • Lady Gaga
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:18PM

    What a joke

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  • Gen Pasha (retd)
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:20PM

    What a waste of money – if he feels he is going straight to heaven – lets help him on his way and give the money that will be spent on this appeal to a more deserving cause

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  • biryani
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:25PM

    a true leader in form of Qadri… he s more popular then any political leader of pakistan…. for a sole reason !!……. People Love for Islam

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  • Mir
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:26PM

    My friend hakimullah mehsud ameer TTP wants a former chief justice to file a case against government for not implementing sharia in country, retired Judge must be from LHC and participated in lawyers movement. If judge does not give verdict in favor of TTP, we will pressurize government through lawyers to transfer that judge to North Waziristan.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:26PM

    Human of Pakistan is most of the time emotional driven moulding the religion according to his wishes.Far away from the basic fundamentals of Islam.Retired justice setting a strange example.

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  • No BS
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:26PM

    Unbelievable that I protested in the streets for this LHC judge, Mr Sharif you have betrayed my trust in your judgement just like your cousins Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.

    I am now convinced that the Sharif family had a hand in the muder of Salman Taseer

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  • R S JOHAR
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:29PM

    The volcano called ‘Talebanisation’ is building up in Pakistan each passing day which may burst anytime, engulfing the whole country in flames and reducing it into ASH.

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  • faraz
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:30PM

    @Mumtaz Qadri

    Taliban are against the sect that Qadri follows; hundreds of Qadris have been killed by Taliban

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  • faraz
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:31PM

    @BraveHeart

    Punishment for murder in Islam is death.

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  • M.Akthar
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:34PM

    Now Qadri appears as popular in Pakistan as Jinnah.

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  • Abdullah
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:44PM

    all blasphemers must be killed at spot whoever he is. this is wajib in Islam
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  • Mumbaikar
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:49PM

    I am so glad India built a fence on the indo-pak border.

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  • Jameel
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:55PM

    As soon as the court let’s go Qadri, the courts need to resign as well as disbar all bars as this decision to let go of Qadri would mean there is no need for courts and therefore of lawyers who appear in them. From now on its fine for people to settle their scores on the streets and that would be valid.

    Thank you Azad Adliyya.

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  • Azeem
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:55PM

    My heart is broken and feelings severely heart on display of a murderer getting showered with flowers and praised publicly not by the huge illiterate mass, which one may thought, but by the literate lawyers who have the most honorable duty of bringing justice and keeping peace in the society. Any left hopes will die if God forbid the murderer is not give the punishment he deserves. The fanatics and extremists have made countless competent and intellects flee this country from which any good news is a rare thing. What i don’t understand is how deeply this society has fallen in immorality that it can so easily tolerate a person publicly killing another person simply because of his differing beliefs. If this shall be allowed then i see no need for police or the whole judicial system. Indeed as predicted by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) 1400 hundred years ago MULLAHS of the later days are the worst creatures on the face of the earth. Committed with their utmost devotions of bring harm to not only humanity but to Islam in general. May Mr Qadri, the murderer, be given a taste of hell in this life and made an example to all those sharing similar thoughts and beliefs.

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  • Syed
    Oct 10, 2011 - 10:05PM

    @ Braveheart,
    you should study Quran before opening yours.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Oct 10, 2011 - 10:16PM

    Its no longer ‘Jinnah’s Pakistan’ but now is ‘Qadrion ka Pakistan’.

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  • Thank God I Am No More A Pak National
    Oct 10, 2011 - 10:22PM

    I am grateful to Allah for taking my kids away from this madness. This country is no more a liveable place.

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  • Tariq Shah
    Oct 10, 2011 - 10:39PM

    stop blaming Qadiyanis, we have already beaten them down enough and destroyed the vision of Quaid and have gone against the teaching of Allah SWT who says clearly in the Holy Quran, not to break your religion into sects and those who do, only Allah SWT will in the end decide who is wrong and who is right. You people have Naizobillah become mini GODS, if Qadiyani says Kalima, he is a Muslim, you have no right to call him a Kafir.

    Secondly Qadri murdered a Muslim man, a believer in cold blood like a coward, he had duty to protect him, and he killed him, do you think this man is the picture of a Muslim hero? Would our Nabi PBUH allow such a thing?

    Do you even know what Islam means? It means slam, rehmat for all mankind, not just Muslims, but you shaitaan are a source of evil on the planet and nothing to do with islam.

    Murder is Murder and not sanctioned for any cause, not for blasphemy nor for any reason. It is people like Qadris supporters who are destroying Pakistan and giving islam a bad name.

    You want to respect the Prophet PBUH, then follow his teachings first, its easy to become violent and throw stones, its fun and games, but to follow the teaching of the Prophet PBUH you will have to go through a lot of suffering and you dont want to do that, cant lie, cant cheat, no rishwat, no gambling, no drinking, no womanizing, will have to give zakat, care for neighbours, care for minorties, care for elders and the sick, do good, always tell the truth, never hurt a human, or an animal or even a plant, and on and on….why dont you do this, the Prophet after all asked you to do this, dont break up your religion into Sects, come on you gangsters.Recommend

  • OHK
    Oct 10, 2011 - 10:47PM

    @Mohsin Sayeed:
    Dude, what I fail to understand is that you yourself taunts the practicing of Islam, and openly discuss your athiest or anti-Islam ideas on social network.. But the day Shehbaz Taseer was abducted.. you were asking every one to recite Ayat-e-Karima, for his safe return, with whole Ayat being wriiten on your status … Talk about multiple Standards? Mr ‘Ramadan Kareem Types’ …

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  • observer
    Oct 10, 2011 - 10:47PM

    Fantastic!! First the garlanding lawyers. Then the defending Chief Justice. Can the Jihad fi Sabilillah types be far behind.Recommend

  • Asim Saeed
    Oct 10, 2011 - 10:50PM

    He should called as ‘Chief Injustice of Lahore High Court.’ Feel pity for our judiciary’s top brass.

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  • Well Wisher
    Oct 10, 2011 - 11:26PM

    People like Qadri shouldn’t be taken to court, they should be shot to death for committing crime. Pakistan is a nation of tolerance, acceptance, and each individual has freedom of speech. Minorities should be given the same respect and same values as the majority.

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  • LayMan
    Oct 10, 2011 - 11:39PM

    [A comment in ET 10 OCT 2015] Pakistan RIP :(

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  • Babloo
    Oct 10, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Readers may like to check the story of Ilm-Ud-Din, who was defended in Lahore High Court by Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1927.

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  • siddiqui
    Oct 10, 2011 - 11:45PM

    @Web Admin
    Can you please remove my comment completely since you have deleted a part of it already…

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  • Kamram
    Oct 10, 2011 - 11:45PM

    @BraveHeart: Please teach us Islam. Give us 5 examples when our prophet (PBUH) killed someone for “insulting” Islam or himself. First step to Islam is to become human.

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  • csmann
    Oct 11, 2011 - 12:02AM

    Look at the bigoted coward.Now that his life is at stake,he will do anything to save himself,including letting or inciting his friends-or ,shall be say,partners in crime- do damage to property , judiciary and the image of his country.

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  • Parvez
    Oct 11, 2011 - 12:03AM

    It will be interesting to see how former Ch.Justice Sharif defends a crime that as it stands has no legal defence. The back door route of release ‘on cooked up technical grounds’ would be a travesty but then legal minds would know better.

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  • Jameel
    Oct 11, 2011 - 12:11AM

    @Babloo:

    Readers may like to check the story of
    Ilm-Ud-Din, who was defended in Lahore
    High Court by Mohammad Ali Jinnah in
    1927.

    He was still hanged. Mohamamd Ali Jinnah defendant lot of people among them many criminals. This does not mean he agreed with everyone of them to every extent.

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  • Rah Guzr
    Oct 11, 2011 - 12:13AM

    All the Multi-Faced Mullahs should be Hanged !!

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  • csmann
    Oct 11, 2011 - 12:19AM

    whose pakistan the people of pakistan want:
    QUIAD’s or QAATIL QADRI’sRecommend

  • Adil
    Oct 11, 2011 - 12:23AM

    @R S JOHAR:

    Khawaja Sharif seems like the real life and Pakistani version of Lawyer Chadda (played by Late Amresh Puri) from the movie Damini (hope u remember that). But at least in the movie,a girl was raped; howeve,r now constitution,democratic values,tolerance and rationality are being raped.

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  • Saleem
    Oct 11, 2011 - 12:31AM

    Qadri & company, if your life is so precious then what about life of other people? Treat others the way you want to be treated. Be a man and live with what you choose.

    Don’t malign Islam as this is not your religion, neither it is religion of those who preach hatred and violence. You’re as well as actions of your breather are bringing a bad name to Islam and our prophet. No wonder world makes fun of Islam and prophet. Now who should be blamed for all this?

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  • Feroz
    Oct 11, 2011 - 1:25AM

    Honorable Justice is defending Quadri in national interest same way as Saleem Shahzad was knocked off in national interest and APC passed 13 resolutions without naming Al Qaeda and Taliban even once. This is a wake up call that society is fully Talibanised and the enemies are not sitting in the mountains of North Waziristan. The poison has entered the blood stream and will destroy one vital organ after another painfully, but at its own pace.

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  • Max
    Oct 11, 2011 - 1:38AM

    If this is the character of the members of judiciary what conclusions should I draw? If the people who donned the gown and wore a Wig cannot uphold the law who can or will?
    I have lost all my hopes about Pakistan’s survival as a viable political entity.
    So was Musharraf wrong?

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  • Tehmas Saeed Tanoli
    Oct 11, 2011 - 2:02AM

    If he has done right thing supreme ulema council of Pakistan should issue a fatwa, if they are not or reluctant to do such or infact condemming the incident when they were interviewed, then why we should support a murderer, I have seen interviews of Taseer he never insulted our Holy Prophet and he cannot do this in this country, no body could be allowed to do such.. but if ppl will support any fanatics then it will be start of chain reaction where you will kill ppl and will blame them they wre insulting islam or some thing similar.. I am not supporter of ppp or former governor but i think islam does not give us right to take life of any one unless he is proven guilty of insulting islam.. .

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  • rafiq
    Oct 11, 2011 - 2:16AM

    Pakistan now proved they have the WORST STUPID laws.
    welcome back to 10th century :)

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  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Oct 11, 2011 - 2:53AM

    Whither Pakistan? The very defenders and implementors of rule of law are trampling the already weak and fragile rule of law in pakistan.Those law men who are taking out rallies and voicing their support for the killer should be disqulified for this profession.

    alified for this profession.

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  • Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat
    Oct 11, 2011 - 3:03AM

    A very simple question which has not been answered as yet by anybody.

    Was ‘Qadri’ an “Ameen” of the Governor while he was on duty as a guard?
    If he was “An Ameen” of the Governor, why he killed him as a Muslim?
    What has Islam to say about “Khayanat-e-mujarman?

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  • Adeel
    Oct 11, 2011 - 3:17AM

    @Asad:
    It is psycho’s like you who are ruining the world.

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  • Babloo
    Oct 11, 2011 - 3:47AM

    @Jameel,

    At his funeral, Pakistan’s national poet Iqbal, praised Ilm-Ud-Din as a ‘great arrior of Islam”
    In fact Mr Iqbal and Jinnah teamd up to defend Ilm-Ud-Din. .

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  • pakcrisis
    Oct 11, 2011 - 3:53AM

    I guess my earlier comment was too powerful and strong to be published by ET, so I hope my second attempt makes it to this forum. I’ll tone it down a bit. It saddens me that there are ANY Qadri supporters or sympathizers out there. The very fact that these guys appear to be the dominant voices of our government and country, and the fact that the government doesn’t speak out against these people clearly shows the extremists are winning their battle for taking over the country. Liberals like myself already have little place in Pakistani society, and given that we are further regressing into the stone ages, I have little choice but to completely abandon Pakistan.

    RIP Pakistan. You were a valiant attempt to provide a safe-haven to Indian Muslims, but sorry to say, you were born for all the wrong reasons. Your diseased existence will come to an unfortunate and premature end unless we can find a miracle cure.

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  • Thakur
    Oct 11, 2011 - 6:11AM

    Qadri looks like a small fry when u see that people like Malik Ishaq and most of the Jhangvi clan have been allowed to walk scot-free. It looks like the lawyers are also set to follow the same path as the faujiz; saviors that eventually transform into villains.

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  • ali
    Oct 11, 2011 - 6:23AM

    Fanatic judiciary.first they freed ishaq,now its qadris turn.way 2 go super independent juidiciary

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  • csmann
    Oct 11, 2011 - 6:38AM

    @Babloo:
    dont drag the names of iqbal and jinah to justify your murderous plots,At least spare them this ignominy

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  • Zalmay
    Oct 11, 2011 - 7:08AM

    WHAT!!!
    I AM SHOCKED AND APPALLED. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUSLY RIDICULOUS.

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  • Shafiq
    Oct 11, 2011 - 7:26AM

    What can you hope in a country where an ex chief justice is ready to defend a cold blooded murderer who proudly confesses his crime in public. It is time to run away from here.

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  • Raza
    Oct 11, 2011 - 8:10AM

    This is not matter fighting for Islam and secularism. It is matter of justice which is truly supported by Islam at least.
    Otherwise Taleban’s killing of bralvis is justified; some deobandi ulemas must come forward publicly (although some are) to promote talebans for their version of Islam.

    I salute judge who granted death sentence to Qadri, as per law; I pray that more judges could have this kind of courage, rationality and more importantly CHARACTER. May Allah bless him and protect Pakistan Recommend

  • shahid
    Oct 11, 2011 - 8:26AM

    No law in any civilization or society allows an individual to take any one’s life on any pretext. Did any of prophets friend tried to kill his enimies who threw all sort of physical or verbal abuse on him ?. It is totaly unacceptible that a person can take some’s life becuse he said something which offended his religous sentiments.

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  • umair
    Oct 11, 2011 - 9:14AM

    what a country ,should be hanged in public so no one dares standing and kill some one specially when the person is dputed for security purposes.
    question arises over quality of personel in law enforcement agencies.Are we appointing fundos like qadri and is Pakistan heading towards Talibanization..

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  • khan
    Oct 11, 2011 - 9:16AM

    sign of bad times

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  • Oct 11, 2011 - 9:48AM

    Seeing the support Mumtaz Qadri has gotten from all corners of the country, it’s time the secularist minority realized that they are not welcome in this country.

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  • Mohammad Faisal
    Oct 11, 2011 - 9:55AM

    AS SALAM O ALLIKUM

    nothing else just salute Qadri ,salman taseer always keep his mouth shut on killing in karachi but he looks very much caring on that lady case m question y ?

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  • Sahar
    Oct 11, 2011 - 10:39AM

    Absolutely repulsive, some of the comments! shows where Pakistan is heading? when did it become OK to kill someone? what happened to tolerance? this is not Islam! its been warped into something i never imagined! educated fools out there! certainly an eye opener for me!

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  • R S JOHAR
    Oct 11, 2011 - 10:42AM

    @Adil:
    I have not seen the movie but would like to see it now. However, your message is loud and clear to me and it makes me extremely sad that in the land of my Sikh Gurus and ancestors, incidences of religious intolerance and violence have become the order of the day and some communities are being targeted believing in different faiths. Being a non-Muslim, I have no doubt in my mind that Islam is a religion of peace and love but It is being hijacked by a small group of fanatics, who are not the true followers of this great religion but engaged in spreading hatred and violence in Pakistan which are contrary to the teachings of the Holy Prophet.

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  • Alam
    Oct 11, 2011 - 11:35AM

    Guys,

    Dont forge tthe “father of nation” Jinnah did the same thing: defending a murderer who killed a blasphemer, in the same circumstances

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  • Arshad Jamal Butt
    Oct 11, 2011 - 4:26PM

    If any serial killer rapes in USA and kill innocent 12 year old girl he has right to defend himself in court. But when a person who has grown beared and a Muslim by religion he has no right to defend himself. There are tow types of extreamism so called religious extreamism and secular extreamism.

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  • NJ
    Oct 11, 2011 - 6:31PM

    No Wonder; He’s a follower of Nawaz Sharif!

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  • 66
    Oct 11, 2011 - 6:37PM

    @Arshad Jamal Butt:
    No one is saying he shouldnt have a lawyer and the right to defend himself in court. The rule of law must prevail. They were finding it difficult to find a lawyer to fight the case for the prosecution and here you are talking about him having the right to defend himself in court. People were lining up to help him.

    You wont see this in any country that a killer has a following all over the country supporting what he did. They might defend a killer/rapist etc saying he didnt do it and wasnt guilty but no where will they say that he didnt do anything wrong in killing someone and justify the killing within the framework of law.

    Everyone has the right to an attorney but this is an open and shut case. He is agreeing he killed someone in cold blood. Dont blame secular extremism. I will take secular extremism any day over religious extremism. Tell me how many secular extremists are killing people daily in Pakistan. Religious extremists want to send the country back to the middle ages but people in Pakistan will condone them cause they are fighting to protect islam supposedly or condemn them cause they are sponsored by the boogeyman (RAW, CIA) and not actually address the problem.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 11, 2011 - 8:49PM

    my this message is dedicated to salman taseer

    AMEER-UL-MOMINEEN…ALI IBN ABU TALIB (sws)

    Tum Acha Karo Or Zamana Tum ko Bura… Samjhay…Yeh TUmharay Haq Ma behtar Ha…Bajaaye Iss Ka…Tum Bura Karo Or Zamana Tum Ko Acha Samjhay…..

    Salman’s Taseer Recited This verse of Faiz Poetry…

    Rakht-e-Safar baandh lo…Dil Figaaro Chalo

    Phir Hum He Qatl Ho Aayen……Yaaro Chalo

    I Will Miss You Salman Taseer……Long Live Salman Taseer…We will keep supporting your ideology and not let the world forgetting your sacrifice…..

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  • Hamza Saleem
    Oct 11, 2011 - 9:25PM

    Since Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Judge Pervaiz Ali Shah handed down the death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri he has been receiving death threats. First, he went on long leave because of this reason. Then he was transferred since his life was in danger with fanatics issuing death threats to him. Now, on the orders of the honorable chief justice of the Lahore High Court, his services have been placed at the disposal of the Punjab government. Justice Pervaiz Ali Shah’s new posting is that of the presiding officer of the Child Protection Court in Lahore. It is now entirely the Punjab government’s responsibility to provide him with foolproof security to protect his life. The Punjab government should deal strictly with all those who are issuing death threats to this honest and conscientious judge. God forbid, if something were to happen to this judge, it would set a bad example for all others who work hard and give sentences as per the law. It is now the duty of the Punjab government’s home department to prevent any untoward incident. The chief minister of Punjab should take notice of this matter urgently to prevent any ugly incident from happening. Punjab Government’s lukewarm response to control unrest and demonstrations could prove fatal. PML-N’s soft corner towards banned outfits is neither in favor of Pakistan nor people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Usman
    Oct 11, 2011 - 9:53PM

    We are now harevsting the fruit of the so called independent judiciary. Judiciary is working to protect intersts of Sharifs and the extremists. What was Musharraf’s fault? He sent an constitutional reference. The nation is still waiting for the SC decision, which will never be announced.

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  • qadri mother
    Oct 11, 2011 - 10:37PM

    ask qadri mother

    is he wrong or right

    he may be right in his mind

    but his mind was filled with hatred

    still ok he is right

    but no right to take law in his hands.

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  • csmann
    Oct 12, 2011 - 12:40AM

    what place and time are these people living in.strange.
    they saw qadri should have access to the law to defend himself.Nobody has denied him that right , even though he himself did not allow Mr. Taseer the same right
    these people even drag the name of holy quran,nabi , iqbal and quaid in support of this lawlessness;and then they talk of blasphemy.
    Mr.taseer did not do anything that might be considered blasphemy;as a head of the state,the lady asked him to present her appeal to the president;is that what blasphemy is;and he advocated a second look at the law for precisely this reason where people stretch and manipulate things to kill anybody.
    mr.qadri confessed to the killing,and murdering in cold blood,and that also from the back like a coward.Let the courts do its job
    when people blame islam for any and every little thing that a bad muslim does,then they shout and object as to why islam is being blamed;but they themselves are impicating quraan shareef and the prophhet in these matters;what else is blasphemy

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  • KolachiMom
    Oct 12, 2011 - 9:59AM

    Why is Qadri even appealing his sentence? I thought he was proud to do his “Holy work” and accept his fate.

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  • csmann
    Oct 12, 2011 - 12:34PM

    @KolachiMom:

    Why is Qadri even appealing his sentence? I thought he was proud to do his “Holy work” and accept his fate.

    This is how cowards act; now that he sees death in the face,he realises the value of life.But once you have done the crime,you must face the consequences.It is easy to dream about being a martyr and jannat and hoors,it is difficult to accept death.In his herart of hearts he will be regretting that he killed somebody; but to save face he wont admit it.If he was truly a hero,he should not have appealed,But anyway,he should ask his well-wishers to stop destroying propertIes ,agjani and unlawful activity and let the law decide his case;who knows that the judge
    be a fellow of the lawyers who are rooting for him.But he should do some good to pakistaan by stopping the mullas and co.from,destroying his country in his name.

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  • Assad
    Oct 12, 2011 - 3:26PM

    Goggi’s comments are by far the most sensible.

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  • HB
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:10AM

    I can’t believe the comments about “liberals” and “secularists” being wrong – it’s bizarre that people who can so much as read English can still be so uneducated and ignorant (but then there are the Americans). Anyway the capital punishment is not to be supported but fight fire with fire, Islam also says that. And for that reason Qadri (and hopefully all his supporters) should be denounced as terrorists and ALL sentenced to death. With dengue, floods, power shortages and corruption we already have it bad enough, last thing we need is fundamentalists pushing us to become atheists because their version of Islam is so distorted!

    ps: Khawaja Sharif got terribly injured with brain damage after one of the people working at his house attacked him and split his death. Either he very much deserved it or his brain has not been in the right place since then because he has been an irrational, senseless and rambling judge in the Lahore High Court as well. That’s also why his tenure was not extended even though he was Iftikhar Chaudhry’s “blue-eyed boy” and he never made it to the Supreme Court. Even his supporter saw his insanity!

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  • Amir
    Oct 14, 2011 - 2:38PM

    He has no right to kill anyone above the law. Even Islam doesn’t allow killings above law. I don’t like the religeous figures in pakistan for maneuvering Islam and giving killers a face of heros in public to promote terror in the society.

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  • Usman
    Oct 18, 2011 - 7:32PM

    A shocking and notable thing in most of the above comments is that the people are talking about Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) and his sunnah and preachings regarding love, peace, forgiveness etc but these so called non fundamentalists and modernized people are unable to see that what Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) and his beloved companions (Sahaba RA) treated those who did some kind of blasphemy against our beloved Prophet. And for your information all of them were killed and even in some case Muhammad (SAWW) himself ordered the sahaba to kill that specific person who uttered some kind of blasphemous comments against him. (I hope you guys remembered the story of that Jewish Poet)

    Even Allah(SWT) in Qur’an clearly mentioned several times that I will take up the matters myself and will punish those severely who will utter blasphemous comments against Muhammad(SAWW).

    So what you so called non fundamentalists are up to?? and which law are you talking about here in Pakistan??? Do you think Taseer could be punished and apprehended for his indirect involvement in the Prophet’s Blasphemy by this corrupt law even if Qadri didn’t killed him?? If not then please Do not talk about ISLAM here because you know nothing!!!

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  • Saleem
    Oct 18, 2011 - 11:56PM

    @Usman:

    Tell us the story of Jewish poet that you are referring was ordered by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to be killed. It better not be a heresy.

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  • csmann
    Oct 19, 2011 - 12:40AM

    @Usman:
    now if a european or a non-muslim says the same thing about islam and the prophet,then you will start shouting discrimination

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  • Usman
    Oct 26, 2011 - 6:44PM

    @Saleem:
    I answered your question in detail containing references of that incident from Sahi Bukhari but unfortunately this website doesn’t accepted it. Seems like they are also unhappy of what this article is all about.

    @csmann:
    I was expecting the same answer from you and its clear from your last comment that you are perceiving me as conservative and fundamentalist as well. Why would I start shouting discrimination? cant you see the non muslims throwing harsh questions to the Islamic scholars in an islamic program but they on the other hand never complained and answered them politely, Do you think its a blasphemy too??. Why you are mixing blasphemy with the other fundamentals of religion??. This is the major problem growing in our society that we consider mullah an isolated, conservative and fundamentalist who cannot accept anything against Islam. For your information am not a Mullah, am just a normal muslim strictly following what is instructed in Qur’an and Hadith.

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  • Saleem
    Oct 26, 2011 - 10:36PM

    @Usman:
    It is a great sin to associate something with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which is not true. We need to be sure that whatever is said about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is true. In last twenty/thirty years image of the prophet has been distorted by so called Islamic scholars, mostly in Pakistan & Afghanistan.

    Need more info about the incidence that you are referring as obviously what you are saying changes perception about Islam, and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in particular.

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