‘Jesus Christ’ ban: ‘Official be charged with blasphemy’

Published: November 23, 2011
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The PTA SMS ban list of English words crossed the 1,000 figure, while the Urdu list had over 550 words.

The PTA SMS ban list of English words crossed the 1,000 figure, while the Urdu list had over 550 words.

LAHORE: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority’s (PTA) decision to ban ‘Jesus Christ’ from text messages is a blow to interfaith harmony and offensive to Muslim as well as Christian sensibilities, Dr Allama GR Chishti, the chairman of Ifhamul Quran International, said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Lahore Press Club, Chishti appealed to the president and prime minister to order an inquiry into who had made the decision to ban mentions of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), and to prosecute them under the blasphemy law.

Chishti said that he formed the Ifhamul Quran to try and promote understanding of Islam, in response to the burning of a Holy Quran by a Florida pastor. He said those who criticised the pastor should not be keeping silent about the PTA ban.

“Christians all over the world lamented this deplorable crime [the burning incident] but unfortunately here, we Muslims are not as sensitive to their feelings as we should be,” he said.

“When there is an uneducated sweeper involved, the so-called lovers of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) leave no stone unturned to demand he or she be prosecuted, regardless of proof. This attitude must stop now.” He added that the PTA’s action had also sabotaged the efforts of NGOs to promote harmony between Christians and Muslims.

Chishti said the PTA’s actions were also offensive to Muslims, since they too believed Jesus Christ (pbuh) to be a messenger of God. Those who made the decision to ban ‘Jesus Christ’ from text messages did not understand the Holy Quran, he said. “Muslims believe in all the prophets of Allah and have equal respect for all,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2011. 

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Reader Comments (17)

  • sarfraz pervez
    Nov 23, 2011 - 8:10PM

    why weren’t they outraged as much when pta included ‘gay’ , ‘homosexuals’ in the ban list? why so much homophobia from the religious community? when will the persecution of the gay community by the religious sections of our society end?

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  • Sidra
    Nov 23, 2011 - 8:17PM

    Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Chengez K
    Nov 23, 2011 - 8:51PM

    Oh Jesus forgive them for they do not know!!!

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  • goggi
    Nov 23, 2011 - 8:55PM

    Jesus did not take a sword in the hand to give effect to his cause. Jesus is a synonym for Love and Human Compassion!

    By the way it is 2011 A.C……..After Christ !!!!!!………..hahaha change the calender now?

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  • Sam
    Nov 23, 2011 - 9:17PM

    @Sarfraz Pervez atleast give them credit for taking a step in the direction. One small step for them, one HUGE leap for the better Pakistan

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  • Usman
    Nov 23, 2011 - 10:15PM

    Pathetic comments by educated ppl,don’t criticize, be a part of this campaign against pta.i am a muslim and i dont want to hurt any christian which is second majority in our country after muslims.

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  • goggi
    Nov 24, 2011 - 12:49AM

    @Usman:
    You have indirectly confessed that Ahmadis are Muslims as well? Because, if you regard them as non-Muslims, subjected to violence and seclusion like the rest of minorities, then our Ahmadi brothers and sisters form the second largest majority of Pakistan`s population followed by our Christian brothers and sisters! Kheer ho aapki

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  • mussarat
    Nov 24, 2011 - 2:53AM

    @Chengez K:

    Agreed. They will never know. What they did to the Grand-children of the Holy Prophets
    and his Highly Revered Family Members. Holy Christ is equally and highly revered Prophets of the Muslims as well. I wish if they knew.

    Mussarat

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  • Jameel
    Nov 24, 2011 - 5:09AM

    If ever there was a case for blasphemy law, this is it.

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  • Obi
    Nov 24, 2011 - 1:12PM

    Woww!!! I dont believe this.. It is going to be really hard for the doctors to communicate to their patients or simply advice them about safe intercourse or breast or tongue related diseases or even ordering a chicken breast piece over text message. How can i invite my friend on a 18 hole game. I cannot inform police or anyone about a hostage situation in case of emergency.. I mean the list goes on!!!

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  • Irrational
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:21AM

    …. by the way, what do you think of Rama or Krishna or Durga [[ PBUTA .. i mean- Peace Be Upon Them All ]] ? comments please??

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  • Usman Waraich
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:35AM

    If more than a billion people beleive in them, there must be some truth to their original teachings. Recommend

  • Uzma Mazhar
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:35AM

    Respect for ALL religions should be the aim. And Muslims have no right to declare anyone a non-Muslim, it goes against Islamic teachings.

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  • mussarat
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:52PM

    Of course, the Holy Christ is equally, most highly revered and respected Prophet in Islam.
    Those involved in PTCA actions should be brought to task.

    Mussarat

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  • mussarat
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:56PM

    @Irrational:

    Sir, it is your faith and belief. Be it Holy Rama, Krsishna or the Holy Christ. Every Road leads to God. These are the “ladders” through which you reach His Lordship.

    Avoid criticising or pointing fingure on anybody. Such acts only add salt on wounds.

    Mussarat

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  • Rev.Michael Fiaz
    Nov 28, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Allama Dr. G.R.Chishti, Thankyou for Love Which you had show for your God and Holy Prophet Jesus Christ Peace be upon Him. God Bless and use you for His Glory and extension of peace in this world. This is my pray to God that our beloved country should be saved and protected from all kinds of inner and outer terrorism and may peace reside in the hearts of all pakistani nation. Rev.Michael Fiaz.

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  • Khan of quetta
    Dec 8, 2011 - 8:49PM

    Sorry if iam mistaken but pakchristian use yasu masih instead of jesus christ

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