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

Published: September 22, 2012
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Says Pakistanis living abroad should not only be used for strengthening their economy, but be given the rights of citizens. PHOTO: FILE

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

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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  • Fed Up Indian
    Sep 22, 2012 - 3:36PM

    When Governors of a country start questioning foreigners because they tried to protect minor girls with down syndrome from the death penalty due to archaic laws, there is something very, very wrong with that country.Recommend

  • Analyst
    Sep 22, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Either you people are ignorant when you compare either holocaust or rimsha with a14 minute video clip posted by a private individual .Recommend

  • BlackJack
    Sep 22, 2012 - 3:43PM

    Oh yes, we forgot to blame the Pope! Nice of Gov Khosa to remember.

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  • Anonymous
    Sep 22, 2012 - 3:57PM

    first give rights to your citizens before pointing fingers at othersRecommend

  • Khurram Malik
    Sep 22, 2012 - 4:04PM

    The insane government instead of toning down the violence and emotionalism in the mob ( i cannot say my country right now as a nation ) they are fanning more violence. In Punjab alone more than 2.5 million Christians live and you are making their life miserable by such statements. I remembered how my Neighbors were slaughtered in Anti-Ahmedi riots and even their children were burnt alive by JI student wing in Lahore in 1974 riots and Bhutto was at the forefront of declaring them Non Muslims and cashing in on votes and this time PPPP again is playing religious card but now Christians are the devils rather than Ahmedis. If PPP is secular party then sorry to say our people and intellectuals dont know what is meant by Secular and what is meant by Right wing Opportunists.Recommend

  • Ahsan E.
    Sep 22, 2012 - 4:28PM

    What a freak show!

    Have our religious scholar said anything regarding the burning of the Church in KP yesterday? Why would the Pope say anything regarding the movie? Look at us burning, rioting, murdering and looting our own countrymen. Shame on us!

    Our glorious Prophet (SAW) taught by way of example that Muslims should be peaceful, kind and tolerant. Unfortunately we are anything but! Instead of what Islam teaches about the rights of minorities living with us, we also negate the teachings of how we should behave with each other.

    We are only interested in seeming ‘Islamic’ and not being. Who are we fooling but ourselves!!!Recommend

  • I.kashmir
    Sep 22, 2012 - 4:29PM

    Khosa,is right…i thick pakistan is more aware now of u.s. in particular and west in general Anti-muslims policies…pakistan should raise the issue of United Defence blog among OIC member countries to be self-dependant and sharing of defence technology among all OIC member countries like E.U. Lastly, until and unless, pro middle east is with U.S. Muslims all over the world will remain in divide and rule by western countries……..Recommend

  • CrapCutter
    Sep 22, 2012 - 4:38PM

    The Governor has the right to Freedom of Speech as long as it does not ‘incite lawless action’!

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  • Parvez
    Sep 22, 2012 - 4:41PM

    Sir, both Obama and Hillary Clinton strongly condemned the film and lets be honest for you politicians both of them are way more important than the Pope………..so stop stirring the pot.

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  • Nadir
    Sep 22, 2012 - 5:06PM

    The Pope is a CIA-RAW-MOSSAD puppet who conspires to defame Pakistan.

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Sep 22, 2012 - 5:10PM

    Even Saudi Arabia stayed largely silent on the anti-Islam movie, Mr. Khosa! Where were the fiery protests and clerical denunciations from Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca and Medina on Friday? Were they silent because they were close US allies?

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  • riz
    Sep 22, 2012 - 5:22PM

    good question to pope

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  • Sep 22, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Well said, HypocritesRecommend

  • syed Nasir
    Sep 22, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Is something mentally wrong with this guy Khosa? He should know the difference between condemning and scapegoating a 11 year old mentally-challenged Christian girl, who was framed by a dishonest and crooked mullah, and the controversial filmmaker. It would have been a greivous sin and totally inhuman if that poor child had been thrown to the pack of the wild blood-baying mob that was incited by the mullahs. Khosa is seeking cheap publicity at the expense of the religious minorities, most of whom would leave Pakistan anyday if any country in the neighbourhood would take them. We know that the religious minorities of Pakistan would love to migrate to India which for centuries has taken the world’s persecuted religious minorities who suffered all kinds of harassment and even death. Pakistan is now a classical case where even Muslims don’t feel safe and many of them want to migrate to India (where else can they get sanctuary?!!). Many Pakistani Muslims envy those Muslims who decided to stay back in India at the time of partition. That, in retrospective, was a wise decision.

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  • Nand
    Sep 22, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Going, going, gone.

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  • Ariel
    Sep 22, 2012 - 5:47PM

    Gov Khosa very sensible of you, inciting more violence towards Christians. To be fair nobody in the world even knew about this video, except when Muslims made it famous. Does anybody remember Da Vinci Code??

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  • Sultan Khan
    Sep 22, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Time is short. Elections are near. More and more votes are needed. Best method is to incite the religious feelings. Well done Khosa. Has Pope read your statement or taken notice of it? If you were a true Ashiq-e-Rasool (PBUH) you would have written to Pope about his alleged hypocrisy.

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  • Akhtar
    Sep 22, 2012 - 6:06PM

    Who said the Pope didn’t condemn this nonsense. He categorically called for Christian Muslim understanding in the wake of this outrageous film.

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  • Abuturab
    Sep 22, 2012 - 6:28PM

    because Pope seems to be a christian himself.

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  • Sep 22, 2012 - 6:43PM

    Two very different cases – appealing to jahils

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  • Lose Dhoti
    Sep 22, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Mr Governer,

    U have no right to give lectures to the Pope or the western world when you and your government is so mute on the cold blooded murder of your predecessor at the hands of the militant Islam and later the kidnapping of his son to be kept as insurance policy for you and your government to stay mum on the issue……….

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  • Iwana Bashhim
    Sep 22, 2012 - 6:50PM

    The governor is ok, just lacks a little bit of common sense.

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  • Toba Alu
    Sep 22, 2012 - 6:54PM

    When the Governor of the most populous province in Pakistan is able to make such a comparison, then he confirms what we already know, not a poor state of mind, no mind at all.

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  • Said
    Sep 22, 2012 - 7:04PM

    Man this is such a ppp thing to do. They come into government do a lot of loot mar. Ruin the country then become ultra religious near elections to get votes. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Sep 22, 2012 - 7:09PM

    Your leaders seem to go out of there way to fuel the fires of discord — why is that?

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  • gp65
    Sep 22, 2012 - 7:18PM

    Rimsha is an actual human being. If the pope has not talked baout this movie, he has not talked about thousands of other yut ube that make fun of Christianity either. Please stop drwaring false equivalnce to generate more anger.

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  • Pir Bulle Shah
    Sep 22, 2012 - 7:26PM

    What a wonderful change from that man Salman Taseer!

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  • Kanwal
    Sep 22, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Just as YOU Mr Khosa have stayed mum about the minority persecution and shia killings and the hundreds of poor labor men and women who burnt to death in your own country but have promptly spoken on a movie made by a no body across 7 oceans. Keeps the janta busy, eh?

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  • R2d2
    Sep 22, 2012 - 8:09PM

    This does not reflect well on him or on Pakistan when a governor cannot see the absurdity of bringing in Rimsha in this outrageous argument , just like mr so called tsunami fails to see how offensive it is to compare blasphemy with holocaust , and now a federal minister has money to hire a killer ? Just when I had thought Pakistan cannot go any lower , it’s leaders and mainstream media prove me wrong ! Recommend

  • Dushmann
    Sep 22, 2012 - 8:24PM

    Does anyone know if Pakistan’s best buddy China condemn the video ? did they try to block the video like India did?

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  • Azad
    Sep 22, 2012 - 8:27PM

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

    Overseas Pakistanis will face potential backlash in western societies from the events back home.

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  • s shah
    Sep 22, 2012 - 8:31PM

    Mr. Khosa why are you inciting violence against the Christian community in Pakistan which is already living in fear. Rimsha was a child who had been unjustly accused, the other is a movie that no one would have known about if the extremists had not publicized it for their own ends. Why bring the Pope into this? PPP has lost my respect and my vote because of its cowardice and appeasement of the extremists and because of the poor calibre of its leaders and politicians.

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  • R2d2
    Sep 22, 2012 - 9:01PM

    Founders of Pakistan had said that if Pakistan is not created those “bad” Hindus will not let them grow and become better human beings , when I read about what is going on in Pakistan I wonder what they would have been like if even without the Hindu oppression this is where leaders were able to get them and their people to .

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  • antanu g
    Sep 22, 2012 - 9:14PM

    @Analyst:
    a crime is a crime.. .whether its a 14 min film or holocaust.Recommend

  • 1984
    Sep 22, 2012 - 9:26PM

    Well,according to Pope and all Christians…
    Jesus Christ is a son of God,not a prophet as you claim and Abraham wanted to sacrifice Isaac not Ismail …So technically,all muslims are commiting blasphemy by calling Jesus as a prophet….

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  • Imran Con
    Sep 22, 2012 - 9:39PM

    @antanu g:
    What law did it violate to be a crime? That’s usually the requirement for anything to be considered a crime. Don’t give me any Pakistani law. The only laws relevant are the ones of the country they did it in. That’s how companies can change locations to get out of certain taxes and restrictions. Unless you want to tell me that Hafiz Saeed is fair game for India or the US to stroll in and take without resistance.

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  • Raj - USA
    Sep 22, 2012 - 10:15PM

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

    Has any overseas Pakistani complained to him? Why then is he dragging Overseas Pakistanis in this issue?

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  • FN
    Sep 22, 2012 - 10:38PM

    Looks like everyone’s trying to “one-up” each other proving how much they love the prophet. Governor’s criticizing the pope and Railway Minister is announcing a bounty on the filmmaker. And this is from our so-called “left-wing” liberal politicians. I guess Salman Taseer’s murder did have a strong impact. On the other hand, in Libya, thousands of people stormed the headquarters of the extremist militia responsible for violent attack on US embassy, forcing them to flee. I wish Pakistanis would one day rise up against extremists like the Libyans did.

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  • PNP
    Sep 22, 2012 - 11:26PM

    @FN:
    Te day Pakistani start boycotting Pakistani electronic media that will be the start of a better Pakistan .

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  • PNP
    Sep 22, 2012 - 11:28PM

    @antanu g:
    Responding to your post would be equivalent to banging my head against a wall , and I have no interest in that .

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  • PNP
    Sep 22, 2012 - 11:38PM

    Anyone who has even the intelligence of a person with mild retardation will not want to remind the world of Rimsha and how Pakistani treated a minor for alleged blasphemy that was later proven to be false and fabricated by a Muslim against a Christian child .

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  • SaneVoice
    Sep 22, 2012 - 11:57PM

    Anyone would like to comment why no media outlet in Pakistan commented on a Church and School being burnt in Pakistan with Bibles being burnt also

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  • Canuckistani
    Sep 23, 2012 - 1:28AM

    Governor Khosa has made a correct remark for the first time in his life.

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  • Syed Shah
    Sep 23, 2012 - 3:20AM

    Very good. This is what we want. The State should come forward with such statements and demand and an apology from the men in power. When governments act things happen. Congrats to Mr. Khosa for this piece of bravery.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Sep 23, 2012 - 7:48AM

    Governor forgot that khadim haramain shareefain is also mum!!!

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  • Soh!
    Sep 23, 2012 - 10:45AM

    Unbelievable! guess Khosa was sitting on his brains when he made this comment.
    The Pope denounced religious fundamentalism, calling it “a falsification of religion” on his visit to Lebanon. The Pope also appealed for peace and reconciliation over the deadly protest around the world due to this due to this insane and ridiculous movie.
    Obviously, do you think anyone would want to listen or hear his message of peace and forgiveness at the moment? Therefore, in my opinion it’s better he doesn’t make any comments because under no circumstances the Pope is going to put a bounty on the heads of people associated with this movie, no matter how insane, stupid and totally wrong.
    Moreover, Christianity or the Pope has nothing to do with the movie and do not portray their views about the Prophet(PBUH).
    Please get it! It’s doing of a handful of crazy/insane people with hate in their hearts. And of course a DEATH WISH!

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  • Zafar
    Sep 23, 2012 - 2:16PM

    Gov got a point !!! If you have no answer, the best way is to insult the other’s intelligence. My dear indians please stop flooding this place like fleas!

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  • Imran Munawar
    Sep 24, 2012 - 5:22AM

    When innocent people have to pay for the excesses of deviant minds – it is reprehensible. But what our governor should understand is how much is he contributing in already fragile situation. Does his comment help in diffusing the tension or it further aggravates it. Should people feel themselves vindicated over burning a church in Mardan, now that we have a statement by the governor of the biggest province (population)? Incumbent of such office need to show more responsibility and discretion rather than swaying with popular emotions.

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  • H.A. Khan
    Sep 24, 2012 - 6:43AM

    Both Bilore and Khosa should be asked to resign and sent home.The have lost it*Recommend

  • Mughal Badshah
    Sep 24, 2012 - 12:51PM

    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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  • rao.m.adnan sattar
    Oct 4, 2012 - 3:08AM

    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..

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