Religious parties announce strike on Dec 31

Nation-wide strike called as protes­t agains­t "conspi­racies" to repeal the blasph­emy laws.

Ppi December 28, 2010
Religious parties announce strike on Dec 31

KARACHI: Religio-political parties including Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, Jamait Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP), Jamiat Ahle-Hadith, Tanzeem-i-Islami, Tahreek-i-Islami have announced a complete shutter-down strike across Pakistan on December 31, 2010.

JI’s deputy chief, Professor Abdul Ghafoor Ahmed, said on Tuesday that the strike will be held to protest against the "conspiracies" of present rulers to repeal the blasphemy law. Ghafoor said that he regretted that "anti-Islam elements and their local agents" were out to repeal the blasphemy laws in Pakistan to achieve their "malicious goals" against Muslims.

He said that the blasphemy laws had been drafted by clerics from all schools of thought and passed by the National Assembly unanimously.

Ghafoor said that sentences for blasphemy against Jesus Christ are incorporated in the laws of western states, including the United States and the United Kingdom among other countries. He said that no religion in the world allows blasphemy against messengers of God.

The JI deputy chief further said that the JI "pities that some so-called non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of human rights were supporting blasphemy and blasphemers". He called on the trader’s community and transporters to take active part in the strike.

In addition to the strike, the religio-political parties will hold a mass congregation in Nishtar Park in Karachi on January 9, 2011.


AQ | 13 years ago | Reply There is no physical punishment for Blasphemy in Islam. Holy Quran discourages to hurt others sensitivity but there is not a single verse in Holy Quran which states that blasphemy is punishable by Man. As a Muslim we should try to read and understand Holy Quran. Right from the beginning of Holy Quran, we are told that the only way to become righteous is to follow the guidance of the Holy Qur'an. This is a perfect Book; there is no doubt in it; it is a guidance for the righteous, (2:3)
AsifB | 13 years ago | Reply @ Shakil Ahmed re "according to Quran Our Faith is not even completed without the Extreme Love of Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him. Our faith require us to keep The Muhammad (PBUH) before our parents, children, property and all what we have in this world." Shakil bhai, that is so IF you have that faith. If you are a Muslim, you will follow the teachings of the Holy Quran and examples of the Prophet Muhammad. BUT no one can force their own faith upon anyone else and each individual has a right (and is free to) believe what they will. If you believe that God is allmighty and benevolent and that He as our creator has given this right to each one of us, then it is not up to any of us (humans) to take His place and pass judgment on others. Making the assumption that we can take His place in this matter would certainly be blasphemous. Assuming that God Almighty needs our protection from other "sinful" people (columnists, writers or whoever) is also presumtious. As you rightly said "everyone is liable to answer for his acts" ... I would only add "for his OWN acts". Consequently, I would very much appreciate if everyone else in the world let me do exactly that; Please respect my right to have my own faith and let me answer for my own acts. Do not assume I believe the same things you do and do not try to force me to do so either. Salaams, Asif ps. I understand that the above way of thinking is not very popular with "mullahs" as it means I am out of their control and answer only to God.
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