Blasphemy charges: Court orders Shah to appear on Oct 28

Published: October 24, 2014
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Petitioners claim opposition leader called ‘Mohajir’ a derogatory word. PHOTO: AFP

Petitioners claim opposition leader called ‘Mohajir’ a derogatory word. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: A lower court on Thursday issued notice to the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah in response to an application levelling blasphemy charges against him.

District and sessions judge Chaudhry Waseem Iqbal directed Shah – who represents Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – to appear before the court on October 28. He also ordered Sindh’s inspector general police (IGP) and station house officer (SHO) Brigade police station to appear on that day.

The petition was filed by nine applicants, who claimed that Shah had committed blasphemy by saying that he regarded the word ‘Mohajir’ a derogatory term.

The petition said that Khursheed Shah had made this remark while addressing journalists at Jinnah Bagh on October 17.

The petition contented that the word ‘Mohajir’ has been repeatedly used in the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his companions were themselves ‘Mohajir’  as the had migrated to Madina on the order of God and therefore Khursheed Shah has committed blasphemy.

The petitioners claimed that after hearing Shah’s comments, they approached Brigade police station and asked the police to file a case against him but the police refused. Later, they said, they also sent a request to the IG Sindh but he also did not take any action.

The petitioners have requested that an FIR be registered against Shah under Pakistan Penal Code Act 295-A, 295-B and 295-C.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2014.

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  • Anon
    Oct 24, 2014 - 10:22AM

    Killing seasons are here again…..

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  • Sana
    Oct 24, 2014 - 10:23AM

    If convicted, he will be sentenced to death. What a sad ending !

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  • Fact is Fact
    Oct 24, 2014 - 10:46AM

    are they out of their mind.. Pakistanis seriously need to grow up.

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  • Oct 24, 2014 - 10:47AM

    Now let us see how the the laws on blasphemy operate against the rich politicians. Against poor Hindus and Christians they operate with gay abandon BUT against the rich??? Let us see! Salams

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  • Amir
    Oct 24, 2014 - 10:47AM

    @Sana:
    Wrong! what could be a better start to eliminate these terminates eating pakistan

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  • Jason
    Oct 24, 2014 - 11:00AM

    @sana …

    Funny … Do you believe in fair justice or any justice ! think again.. the case will go on till dooms day and even then he will be honorably discharged..

    Anyway I am against blasphemy charges which is literally used to victimize poor non-Muslims peoples …

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  • Muzu
    Oct 24, 2014 - 11:33AM

    It is such a shame that courts are taking actions against such paltry issues where a greater sin of killing other human beings in the name of religion is going uncheck and our honorable judges are shying away from addressing cases against such elements. Yet to see a sentence carried out against a terrorist killing people in the name of faith.

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  • vaqas
    Oct 24, 2014 - 11:43AM

    @Sana:
    Well after being a parlimentarian for decades, he should have worked harder to repeal the draconian blashemy law, in the first place.

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  • Irony Man
    Oct 24, 2014 - 12:05PM

    Higher courts will protect him. He’s powerful.

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  • shabby
    Oct 24, 2014 - 12:13PM

    Very very good Decision . Why he say like this??? They think they are beyond the Law.
    His Mr tweeter Leader has no common sense . No more Bhutto is here .

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  • freed
    Oct 24, 2014 - 12:26PM

    Victims of lahore model towns killimgs are saying what anout us?

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  • True Karachiwala
    Oct 24, 2014 - 12:28PM

    Good move. Whatever be the result, every one will be careful in future before uttering nonsense.

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  • Yelmaz
    Oct 24, 2014 - 12:30PM

    More politicians need to be charged under the blasphemy law. They’ll eventually revoke it when all their backsides are on the line.

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  • Oct 24, 2014 - 12:32PM

    @vaqas: where every one prefers to eat , drink and wear religion throughout, such laws can not be repealed. and to call it a draconian law individually is a brave step in Pakistan

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  • Parvez
    Oct 24, 2014 - 12:43PM

    If the judiciary have any sense they will use this an an excellent excuse to move against the MISUSE of the blasphemy law.

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  • khan
    Oct 24, 2014 - 12:43PM

    Unfortunately the law of blasphemy is being used for political means!

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  • Junaid Hasmi
    Oct 24, 2014 - 2:03PM

    Sheer nonsense. Its a motivated move by a political/ethnic organization claiming to be secular. This is how religion is used in Pakistan for ulterior motives.

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  • Khwaar
    Oct 24, 2014 - 3:25PM

    @Sana:
    Why is everyone replying to your comment?

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  • Irshad Khan
    Oct 24, 2014 - 4:05PM

    If a hard working Christian woman is facing death penalty then Khurshid Shah shah should face the charges too and be given death punished. It will be a total injustice if he is spared for being a Muslim and a politician while a poor Christian women is convicted on concacted charge. International agencies should be watching this high profile case.

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  • Liberal MQM
    Oct 24, 2014 - 7:22PM

    Its a case in point that the so called liberals are at the forefront to misuse Blasphemy Law.

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  • Mohajir
    Oct 24, 2014 - 9:39PM

    @Fact is Fact:
    U know all these are dirty politics game.. I am 100% sure.. those who submitted this application do not have to do any thing with blasphemy they are just using it to gain political benefits..!

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  • The Channa
    Oct 25, 2014 - 1:48PM

    Everyone seems to be missing the real point. This is clearly an extreme misuse of the blasphemy laws. If this is the case, anything, I mean anything can be used to prosecute you under those laws.

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  • Oct 26, 2014 - 12:43AM

    @The Channa:
    That is what is being done now. Regularly. All over the country.
    That is why a mother of 5 is languishing in jail under death penalty.
    Because of false blasphemy charges. Great, that a politician is accused
    of blasphemy. And embroiled in this. He helped install this law !! Now he
    will be tried under it! How the tables have changed! Unless the judges are
    paid off handsomely.

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  • B aarain
    Oct 26, 2014 - 12:12PM

    Blasphemy law is stupid. Should be repealed

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  • arfan
    Oct 26, 2014 - 8:36PM

    Blasphemy law should apply to everyone,they should start from top and work downward,ans dont forget the poor people on Model town,give them justic and send the guilty to ones to where they belong,in jail and throw the keys away.

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