Doctor arrested on blasphemy charges

Blasphemy case filed against member of Ismaili community in Hyderabad.

Afp December 13, 2010

KARACHI: A doctor has been arrested on charges of blasphemy in Hyderabad, police said on Sunday.

Naushad Valiyani was detained on Friday following a complaint by a medical representative who visited the doctor in the city of Hyderabad.

"The arrest was made after the complainant told the police that Valiyani threw his business card, which had his full name, Muhammad Faizan, in a dustbin during a visit to his clinic," regional police chief Mushtaq Shah told AFP.

"Faizan accused Valiyani of committing blasphemy and asked police to register a case against the doctor."

Shah said the issue had been resolved after Valiyani, a member of the Ismaili community apologised but local religious leaders intervened and pressed for action.

"Valiyani had assured Faizan that he did not mean to insult the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) by throwing the visiting card in the dustbin," Shah said, adding that the police had registered a case under the Blasphemy Act.

A court last month had sentenced to death Aasia Bibi, a Christian mother-of-five found guilty of blasphemy. The government attempted to pardon Bibi after an international outcry over the case, but the Lahore Hight Court prevented it from granting her a swift pardon.

Most of those convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan have their sentences overturned or commuted on appeal through the courts.

The country has yet to execute anyone for blasphemy, but the case has highlighted a controversial law which rights activists say encourages extremism.


Tanveer | 10 years ago | Reply By seeing how the people of Pakistan have made a hero out of Qadri, I dont see any hope for Pakistan. Root cause of all our problems is our slavery to the un-educated Mullas, and the brand of Islam preached by them. I am ashamed to see the level of our masses. Even the educated class is not different, they are also supporting Qadri the Murderer! For Gods sake, please start questioning these Mullas and put them in their place!
Ammar bin irfan | 10 years ago | Reply i am amazed, i used to think that medical rep are bid educated but, now i guess they are also the toy of extremism, i am thinking the distrubance created by the med rep and mullah is reflection of the character of Mohammad, not at all, how many time of the day and week and month that mr. mohmmmad faizan did the wrong deeds (Gunnah) does it suits to faizan???? even his name wriiten with Mohammad. i guess not, i would suggest that faizan has to appologize for this mis leading act and to show that he is an educated person.
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