Pope condemned Rimsha case but stayed mum on anti-Islam film: Khosa

Says Pakistanis living abroad should not only be used for strengthening economy, but be given the rights of citizens.


Web Desk September 22, 2012

MULTAN: Governor Punjab Latif Khosa said on Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI condemned the blasphemy accusations leveled against Christian girl Rimsha Masih, but remained silent on the anti-Islam film, Express News reported.

Speaking to the media at Multan airport, Khosa said that when the Rimsha case surfaced, the entire world including the Pope “made a lot of noise” and questioned why they are tight-lipped over the anti-Islam film.

He said that Pakistanis living abroad should not only be used for strengthening their economy, but be given the rights of citizens.

The blasphemy charges leveled against the Christian girl Rimsha of allegedly burning Quranic pages in breach of Pakistan's blasphemy laws caused an uproar in the world, with humanitarian organisations demanding her release.

Rimsha was arrested in a poor suburb of Islamabad on August 16 after a neighbour accused her of burning papers containing verses from the Quran, in breach of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws.

On September 7, the court had granted bail to Rimsha against two surety bonds of Rs500,000 each. She was then transported by a helicopter to an undisclosed location after her release from jail.

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rao.m.adnan sattar | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Rimsha was arrested on August 16 for allegedly burning the pages of Holy Quran at Mehra Jaffar, a suburb of the federal capital. justice depend on the rule of law, and rule of law based on the unity of law where no respect of law, the rule of law can not fit perfectly among the society. In Pakistan all press media make a great news on the front page of every newspaper. This issue base on the "burning the pages of Holy Quran', Rimsha was arrested on this issue. All urdu newspapers published a Verse Of Holy Quran on the top of paper. Recently i went to a hotel for buying some food. This food packed in a newspaper..i m shocked "Rimsha was arrested on for allegedly burning the pages of Holy Quran at Mehra Jaffar" not on this news....the verse write on top of the page. I ask a question from Islamabad High Court before the judgement through a proper medium ....Who neglect the respect of Islam...Divine laws? We are not muslims if neglect the rule of law. Rule of law based on the Hadith Prophet(SAW)...A woman named Fatima arrested in case of theft during the period of Muhammad (SAW)..her Belong to A famous tribe"Makhzoom". Some people asking to bailing of her. This time Muhammad(SAW) Replied in Refusing and Say! O people previous nations destroy from the earth on this act when rich make a crime free with respect but poor arrested on little mistake and able to sanctions. I swear of Allah! If my daughter Fatima commits i must same punished her with to cutting the both hands. Question to Islambad High Court ..Remsha arrested in allegation of destroy the respect of Quran while who destroy the respect of Quran with using it for food packing....is in the eye of law both equally punishable?....Try to established rule of law not make the way for rule of bias..

Mughal Badshah | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Protest is a democratic right of every individual. However the state apparatus has to stand guard to any and every protest so that it does not destruct the life and liberty of other fellow beings and the state itself. The fact that every protest of this magnitude results in colossal loss of property and avoidable loss of precious lives speaks about the inability of the state institutions in maintaining law and order.

This is a core issue - forth coming elections, religious events such as Ashura and Eid-e-Milad un Nabi shall make tougher testing grounds for our relevant instituions - will our Interior Minister enlighten us about what remedials he has taken on this count ?

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