In response to the comments to articles about the position of women in Islam, only Lahori-Ahmadis replied and defended Islam. This is because in our organisation we openly discuss such matters whereas in other mosques it is a taboo and in Muslim majority countries forbidden by Blasphemy Laws.
A little-known alliance of hundreds of lawyers in Pakistan is behind the rise in prosecutions for blasphemy, a crime punishable by death that goes to the heart of an ideological clash between reformers and religious conservatives.
The group, whose name translates as The Movement for the Finality of the Prophethood, offers free legal advice to complainants and has packed courtrooms with representatives, a tactic critics say is designed to help it gain convictions.
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(Reuters) – Hundreds of angry Pakistanis attacked a Hindu temple and set it on fire in southern Pakistan overnight following a rumour that a member of the Hindu community had desecrated the Koran, police and community leaders said on Sunday.
The incident took place just before midnight on Saturday 15th March after locals in Larkana district alleged that Sangeet Kumar, 42, had torn out pages of Islam’s holy book and tossed them down on the street from the roof of his home.
“Our Dharamshala (community centre) has been gutted and the temple has been partially damaged. All the statues have been destroyed by the attackers,” Kalpana Devi, chairperson of the local Hindu committee, told Reuters.
Hundreds of students from local Islamic seminaries attacked the temple holding batons, one witness, Javed Shah, said. Police arrived quickly to protect Kumar from the angry crowd.
“They acted smartly and took him out after making him put on a police uniform to save him from the wrath of the crowd,” said Shah.
“It took nearly 20 minutes to break down the doors (of the temple) before they entered the compound and set it on fire. They also set fire to the temple before ransacking it.”
Sindh province, where the attack took place, is home to most of Pakistan’s small Hindu community which numbers about two million among a population of about 180 million.
Pakistan’s rocky relationship with neighbouring India, a predominantly Hindu country, has fed tension between the two communities in smaller towns but outright acts of violence are rare.
Life imprisonment is not enough for blasphemers; the only permissible punishment is the death penalty, this according to a recent ruling by Pakistan’s Federal Sharia Court, which struck down Section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, leaving the death penalty as the only possible form of punishment. Together with Sections 295 A and 295 B, Section 295 C constituted the so-called ‘blasphemy law’.
In the UK non-Lahore Ahmadi Muslims always tell us that their interpretation of Islam allows minorities complete freedom. Yet when we look at any country where Sunnis are in a majority we find the situation is totally the opposite.
For example, it is common knowledge that in Pakistan Sunnis falsely accuse members of minorities of insulting the Holy Prophet (pbuh) or the Holy Quran. If the accused is set free by the courts he or she is usually then killed by a mob – so much for rule of law.
Now the Pakistan Federal Shariat Court has decided that anyone convicted of blasphemy shall be killed for their “crime” and no other punishment is possible.
There was uncertainty Monday, September 16, about the whereabouts of dozens of Christian families who fled their homes in a village near the Pakistani city of Lahore after a local pastor was accused of blasphemy against Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, representatives said.
Minority Christians pay a high price for their faith in Christ, rights activists say.
The tensions began last month when Pastor Sattar Masih, 37, was accused of saying that Muhammad was “a brutal man who killed innocent people” said the news service of Open Doors, a group supporting Christians persecuted for their faith.
Masih denies the accusations, saying he didn’t make derogatory remarks about Islam or its Prophet.
Sunnis always claim that their version of Islam is tolerant and allows minorities full rights to practice their religion.
The reality in places like Pakistan is different where innocent people, whether non-Muslims or members of Muslim minorities, are persecuted for their beliefs. They do not have any protection from the state or recourse to justice through the courts. In fact, the state protects the persecutors and not the persecuted and the courts fail to take any steps to protect them.
Here is the latest example of mob rule where a Christian pastor is ordered to appear before Sunni clerics to answer charges of blasphemy rather than being properly charge in a court of law and allowed to defend himself.
In an almost predictable turn of events the Sunni courts in Pakistan have cleared a Sunni cleric who was charged under the notorious Blasphemy laws.
A Pakistan court on Saturday acquitted a Muslim cleric who accused a Christian girl of blasphemy before he himself was arrested on similar charges, a lawyer said.
The girl, Rimsha Masih, was arrested in August 2012 for allegedly burning pages containing Koranic verses but the case against her, which drew widespread international condemnation, was quashed.
Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, the cleric who made the allegations, was accused of desecrating the Koran and tampering with the evidence against Rimsha.
Foxnews.com further reports that Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti was acquitted because the prosecution had failed to prove a case and witnesses had withdrawn their statements.
There seems to be non of the outrage in Pakistan over this man’s actions, as there was over the false allegations against the young Christian girl.
As members of the persecuted Lahore Ahmadiyya community we have to wonder if a non Sunni person in Pakistan would have been acquitted? Or is it a case that mass worldwide media attention is needed, as in the case of this young Christian girl, before Pakistan acts justly.
Aasia Bibi, a 45-year-old mother of five children from Pakistan, is facing execution for her religious beliefs. Despite international outcry over her sentence, Aasia remains in an isolation cell in a jail in Punjab, a state in the northwest of Pakistan.
Bibi’s story began in June, 2009, when she was living in the tiny village of Ittanwali, in northeast Pakistan. According to some reports Bibi’s family were the only Christians in the area, where she was working at the time as a farm labourer. Continue reading →