Pakistan where Judges or victims of blasphemy law are killed or forced to exile: By Nazir Bhatti
The Islamic extremists are so powerful in Pakistan that government have located a country of exile for a Judge who sentenced to death an assassin who gunned down governor of Punjab province on January 4, 2010, in Islamabad; Is it not surprising for human beings on globe?
No, it is not surprising for common individuals in Pakistan where Session Courts issue death verdicts to criminals and more than dozens are hanged to death in many Districts jails but none of a Judges flees from homeland after judgments.
The Judge in question is one who awarded death sentence to an assassin whom Pakistani Islamic Clerics gave title of “Hazrat” (Hazrat means most respectable person or pious individual in Islam) on his heinous crime of killing one high profile Muslim.
It is big question mark, weather Islam teaches to call “Hazrat” to a killer? The answer is very simple “Yes” if any Muslim kills a blasphemer or infidel.
Who is infidel according to Islam? In simple words, who is not a Muslim, who writes, speaks and criticize Islam or Prophet, he is infidel.
What is reward for a Muslim who kills infidel? Heaven!!! It is what Islam teaches to its followers in Pakistan and same is delivered in sermons of Friday prayers in thousands of mosques.
The killer in this case is one Muslim policeman who gunned down his Muslim boss when he was on duty to protect him.
Let us go in details of such a horrible incident which can only happen in country like Islamic Republic of Pakistan only:
June 14, 2009, Asia Bibi aged 45, a Christian mother of five, resident of village Ittan Wali in district Sheikhupra, Punjab province of Pakistan, makes her living as farm worker. Her son, Imran, works at a brick kiln, her daughter, Sidra, does embroidery work at home and his husband works as laborer too. When, Asia Bibi was working on a farm with her Muslim colleagues, a discussion about Christianity and Islam arose. During the conversation, the Muslims accused Asia of insulting the prophet Muhammad and attacked her. Her Muslim colleagues then spread the rumor that Asia ‘insulted’ their prophet around the village. Five days later, a group of Muslim villagers, incited by her colleagues, severely assaulted Asia Bibi. When the police arrived, they arrested Asia and registered a case of blasphemy against her. According to Article 295-C of Pakistan’s criminal law, it is a crime punishable by death to blaspheme the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
November 7, 2010, after more than a year of trial, a Session Court in Sheikhupura sentenced Asia Bibi to death and fined her 100,000 Pakistani Rupees. She files an appeal in Lahore High Court against her sentence and cries before electronic media that she never defiled name of Holy Prophet Mohammad and she is innocent.
After uproar in Pakistani media on death sentence to a Christian woman Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges, the President of Pakistan orders Governor of Punjab to look in to facts.
November 20, 2010, Mr. Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab, goes to Sheikhupura jail to meet Asia Bibi. There he terms blasphemy law as a “black law” and receives application of pardon from Aasia Bibi in jail and promises publicly to officially forward it to President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari saying that the president was legally and constitutionally empowered to pardon Asia Bibi who is poor, innocent and illiterate.
The Islamic groups, Almi Tanzeem Ahle Sunnat, Majlis-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwat, Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz and Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool’s issue an Islamic decree against Governor Salman Taseer on calling Blasphemy law to be a black law.
Islamic Cleric, Qari Sheikh Yaqoob demands death punishment for Salman Taseer along with Aasia Bibi while National Peace Committee for Interfaith Harmony’s Shafique Raza Qadri announced that one who helps a blasphemer is also blasphemer.
The Islamic leaders like Pir Afzal Qadri, Mufti Mustafa Ashraf Rizvi, Maulana Ghulam Hussain Qadri, Maulana Saleemullah Khan, Mufti Naeem Akhter Qadri, Mufti Asif Raza Qadri, Qari Muzafar Hussain Kharal, Mufti Safdar Ali Kazmi, Mufti Muhammad Ali Qadri, Mufti Muhammad Khan and Allama Mufti Altaf Hussain issue “Fatwa” that Salman Taseer remains no more a Muslim for helping Aasia Bibi.
January 4, 2011, Kohsar Market in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, Punjab's governor, Salmaan Taseer, walks out of a restaurant and steps in his car, a 26 years bearded, and forehead calloused with prayers body guard Mumtaz Qadri part of elite police force, sprays nine bullets of his official gun on governor of Punjab.
The other members of elite squad on protection duty of Salman Taseer watched assassination episode and not fired a single shot to stop Mumtaz Qadri because it was discussed among them that no one will fire at Mumtaz Qardi but will arrest him after killing.
Mumtaz Qadri has told his fellow team members that he wishes to kill Governor Salman Taseer because he is blasphemer and deserve death.
January 5, 2011, hundreds of lawyers, government officials and police officials showered rose petals on killer of Salman Taseer when he was produced in Islamabad court for custody remand
Majority of Ulema (Islamic scholars) and Islamic groups praised the assassination of the outspoken opponent of blasphemy law demand death for those who insult Islam. A rowdy crowd slapped the accused on the back and kissed his cheek as he was escorted inside court.
January 5, 2011, Leading Ulema of Jamaat Ahle Sunnat Pakistan (JASP) in a joint statement have asked Muslims not to offer Namaz-e-Janaza nor try to lead funeral prayers of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer. They also asked not to express regrets or sympathies over his assassination. Those issuing the statement include the JASP Central Ameer Prof Syed Mazhar Saeed Shah Kazmi, Allama Syed Riaz Hussain Shah, Shah Turab-ul-Haq Qadri, Allama Zamir Sajid, Pir Khalid Sultan, Pir Ghulam Siddiq Naqshbandi, Allama Syed Khizr Hussain Shah, Alhaj Amjad Chishti, Allama Ghulam Sarawar Hazarvi, Allama Syed Shamsuddin Bokhari, Pir Syed Ashiq Ali Shah Jilani, Mufti Muhammad Iqbal Chishti, Allama Fazal Jamil Rizvi, Agha Muhammad Ibrahim Naqshbandi Mujaddidi, Maulana Muhammad Riaz Qadri, Maulana Gulzar Naeemi, Allama Syed Ghulam Yaseen Shah, and over 500 other ulema and honorable muftis attached to the JASP.
Those favoring the person indulged in blasphemy are themselves blasphemous, they announced. Paying glowing tributes to Malik Mumtaz Hussain, and his courage, who killed Governor Salman Taseer, they said he is lover of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and is a ‘Ghazi’. Mumtaz had revived the 14-century-old tradition of Islam and put their head high in pride. It was only Prophet (PBUH) who could forgive any act of blasphemy but none other could ever do it.
October 1, 2011, Mumtaz Hussain Qadri sentenced to death by Anti-Terrorism Court ATC Rawalpindi after in camera hearing of the murder case, the anti-terrorism court (ATC) said that it was a heinous crime and there is no justification to it; however, The court also fined Qadri of Rs200,000 along with the death sentence. Justice Syed Pervez Ali Shah, an ATC judge, while taking up the case at the Adiala Jail, noted down the statement of Qadri. In this statement, Qadri admitted before the judge that nobody intimidated him to murder the former governor.
Mumtaz Qadri tried to justify his murder of the governor by stating that he had killed him for supporting Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman whom Taseer had believed had been wrongly convicted of committing blasphemy.
According to Qadri’s statement, he had approached the governor on the evening of January 4 and tried to talk to him about Taseer’s very public support for Aasia Bibi and his advocacy of reform – not repeal – of the blasphemy laws.
October 26, 2011, Oct 26 (IANS): The judge Syed Pervaiz Ali Shah, who convicted Punjab governor Salman Taseer's assassin was sent abroad by government of Pakistan.
What a horrible story of law of gun and terrorism in Islamic Republic of Pakistan where dialogue on religion end on killing or exile?