Blasphemy: Lahore man accused in Bahawalpur

Published: December 3, 2010
Man accused for putting up blasphemous content on a blog.

Man accused for putting up blasphemous content on a blog.

BAHAWALPUR: Civil Lines police station on Thursday registered a case under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (blasphemy law) against a Lahore resident for putting up blasphemous content on a blog,

The case was registered after a retired army officer, Muhammad Riaz, complained that he had ‘accidently’ opened the website and found objectionable material on the link . The website is reportedly owned by Waqas Khwaja, a Township resident.

Muhammad Amin, a Malsi resident (Anayti is a small town in the suburbs of Bahawalpur), was arrested on Tuesday after a complaint was filed against him and Shaid Nawaz at Khairpur Tasmewali police station. The two men were charged with blasphemy and a case was registered against them by Muhammad Aslam, who owns a public call office in the town. The SHO concerned said that the FIR 277/10 stated that Nawaz was a photographer and he used to send pictures to Amin through the complainant who by chance saw the pictures on November 30 and found them ‘blasphemous’. He stated that according to the FIR one of the pictures was allegedly attributed the Holy Prophet (pbuh). He, however, said that the pictures were not produced by the complainant. He said that Nawaz was at large and police was carrying out raids for his arrest.

Napoleon Qayyum, a rights’ activist, said that the allegations did not carry much weight. He said that the complainant had not even produced the photographs in question before the police station.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2010.

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  • Humanity
    Dec 4, 2010 - 12:53AM

    .. People better watch out for the ghairat brigade .. each and every on posting against the blasphemous laws can be tracked down and charged with blasphemy by the demagogues ..

    The country is imploding in ways one would never have imagined Soon it will brother turning against his own. God has mysterious ways of punishing the oppressors and the transgressors. These people, who act like God, are challenging Allah’s wrath. God have mercy on the helpless victims ..Recommend

  • Prince Shahryar Rana
    Dec 4, 2010 - 5:03PM

    the biggest crime are being committed by corrupt politicians who are ignoring the message of Quran. they should be charged first. BE realistic Pakistani Nation if you had a courage to do soRecommend

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