Pakistan Has a Drinking Problem

Members of Parliament and law enforcers and industrialists and bureaucrats and young professionals and even some religious scholars can drink with impunity. A taxi driver trying to score a beer on the go risks a jail term or losing his eyesight to moonshine.

It’s a law-and-order issue, you see. The rich drink in their own homes and frolic or puke on their own lawns, but the assumption is that if the poor get drunk in public spaces, they’ll make a nuisance. Which is why those who can afford fine scotches can also afford to give everyone else lectures about our religious duties. It seems that those who suck the blood of poor people want to make sure it’s not tainted with cheap alcohol.

From The New York Times

Pakistan Supreme Court Blocks Execution Of Schizophrenic Murder Convict

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday blocked the execution of a paranoid schizophrenic murder convict pending a review of an earlier ruling that his condition was not a permanent mental disorder and therefore not legally relevant, his lawyers said.

 

He was due to be executed Wednesday, according to execution orders issued last week.

 

But the Supreme Court agreed to review an October 21 ruling on Ali’s final appeal, when the court ruled that schizophrenia did not fall within Pakistan’s legal definition of mental disorders.

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Lawyer Group Behind Spike in Blasphemy Cases in Pakistan

From Reuters

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.

Click the link above to read the full story of what this horrible group of men have been doing to destroy basic human rights in Pakistan.

Killing a Child is Killing Humanity

I cannot find any words for what happened in Lahore nor for the pain that will last forever for the families who lost their children, their mothers, their wives and their daughters.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return

The Truth Triumph


The Promised Messiah said that as time goes on people will accept his interpretation of Islam, regardless of whether they accept him as the Messiah and Mehdi or not.

In the last few weeks we have seen that the most orthodox Sunni leaders, religious and secular, have accepted the Ahmadi interpretations in two areas.

The first is divorce. The traditional Sunni view has been that a man was entitled to pronounce the word divorce thrice and he would be divorced, even if the wife was not aware of it. The Council for Islamic ideology in Pakistan announced in the last few weeks that it has recommended to the Pakistan government to make this practice unlawful and punishable. It is worth mentioning that first family law reform implemented by the Pakistan government in 1962 was drafted by Mr Nasir Ahmad Farqui, a prominent member of this jamaat.

The second reform is related to rape-law. Last year the religious court threw out a case involving rape where the evidence was on DNA and not eye witness testimony of four people. A khutba was delivered from our UK mosque which criticised this decision and showed that DNA evidence is admissible. The Pakistan parliament has now passed a law enabling DNA evidence to be used to prove rape.

These incident prove the truth of what Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad said and quoted above.

If you cannot watch the video above, then below is the podcast.

Pakistan….Peshawar

People light candles in memory of victims of the Taliban attack on the Army Public School, along with others in a rally in  PeshawarPhoto credit: Reuters/Khuram Parvez

Earlier this week, millions of people looked on in horror as the news filtered in of the devastating attack by the Pakistan Taliban on a school in Peshawar. 132 students were killed in an attack which specifically targeted as many children as possible. In total 148 people are believed to have been killed in the attack. Its difficult to find the right words at this time, the shock of this tragedy will be felt by all parents.

The Holy Quran says;
And a believer would not kill a believer except by mistake…And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell, abiding in it; and Allah is furious with him and He has cursed him and prepared for him a grievous punishment. [4:92-93]

A believer would not kill a believer – an instruction ignored in Pakistan on an almost daily basis. Attacks are so frequent in Pakistan that it seems to have become a part of daily life, but this was such an egregious attack that even the Afghanistan Taliban condemned it. People are asking how we can solve this issue, how can we stop this happening again?

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, in 1899 said the following;

This callousness and this immorality make many a Muslim appear no better than the beasts of the jungle. A Jain or a Buddhist is afraid of and avoids killing even a mosquito or a flea, but, alas! there are many among us Muslims who, while they kill an innocent man or commit wanton murder, are not afraid of the powerful God, who rates human life higher than that of all the animals. …

What is this callousness and cruelty and want of sympathy due to? It is due to this – that from their very childhood, stories and anecdotes and wrong views of the doctrine of Jihad are dinned into their ears and inculcated into their hearts, the result being that gradually they become morally dead and cease to feel the heinousness of their hateful actions; nay, rather, the man who murders another man unawares and thus brings ruin to the murdered man’s family thinks that he has done a meritorious deed; or rather, that he has made the most of an opportunity to win favour with his community. As no lectures or sermons are delivered in our country to stop such evils – and if there are any such lectures they have an element of hypocrisy in them – the common people think approvingly of such misdeeds…

So, the doctrine of Jihad proposed by these sects of Islam, as well as the belief that the time is near when there will arise a bloody Mahdi whose name would be Imam Muhammad, that the Messiah will come down from the heavens for his help, and that both together will kill all non-Muslim people if they deny Islam, is utterly opposed to our moral sense. Is not this the belief which puts out of action all good human qualities and morals, and encourages the qualities of life in the jungle?”

What has changed since these words were written in 1899? It seems that this could have been written just yesterday.

Sixteen-year-old Naba Mehdi, who attends the Army School in nearby Rawalpindi, had a message of defiance for the Taliban.

“We’re not scared of you,” she said. “We will still study and fight for our freedom. This is our war.”

Education is the golden bullet. Education is everything, it can be the catalyst for monumental change. And just like Naba said – This is our war.

Twitter Agrees to Block ‘Blasphemous’ Tweets in Pakistan

The New York Times reports that

At least five times this month, a Pakistani bureaucrat who works from a colonial-era barracks in Karachi, just down the street from the former home of his country’s secularist founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, asked Twitter to shield his compatriots from exposure to accounts, tweets or searches of the social network that he described as “blasphemous” or “unethical.”

All five of those requests were honored by the company, meaning that Twitter users in Pakistan can no longer see the content that so disturbed the bureaucrat, Abdul Batin of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority: crude drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, photographs of burning Qurans, and messages from a handful of anti-Islam bloggers and an American porn star who now attends Duke University.

The blocking of these tweets in Pakistan — in line with the country-specific censorship policy Twitter unveiled in 2012 — is the first time the social network has agreed to withhold content there. A number of the accounts seemed to have been blocked in anticipation of the fourth annual “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” on May 20.

The move by Twitter to ban certain accounts in Pakistan is a validation of the horrendous blasphemy laws in the country.

Although this measure at least means the whole site is not banned, as happened with YouTube and Facebook, what this does do is once again give the impression to non- Muslims that the religion itself is too weak and in danger by these silly posts.

What we are essentially seeing is an admission by Pakistan that the religion of Islam cannot counter the rubbish that is spewed by a micro blogging site which, unlike Islam, will probably not be around in a hundred years.

Rather than banning sites and individual posters we should be taking the lead and fighting this jihad, with the pen, and leading by example to show just how beautiful Islam and the Holy Quran are.

Rather than live life by the standards set out to us in Islam it seems Pakistan has taken the easy way out with their draconian blasphemy laws to the detriment of Muslims world wide.

Hindu temple set on fire in Pakistan over blasphemy

(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.

Police said they were investigating the matter.

Pakistan appoints first female judge to sharia court

National sharia court, which hears cases under the country’s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history.

Ashraf Jehan, 56, who was serving as an additional judge at the high court in southern Sindh province, made history as she took the oath in Karachi.

Slowly but surely progress is being made in removing discrimination faced by women in Pakistan. A surprising development is the appointment of the first woman judge to the shariat court in Pakistan. This combined with the comment of the chief judge of the court that there is no discrimination in Islam against women shows progress being made.

Original Source: Brecorder

Pakistan Needs a Mandela

Many Pakistani friends on social media shared Mandela’s inspiring quotes in celebration of his grand legacy. They showed great admiration for the man who spent his life fighting for the equal rights of his people. They were in awe of his tireless struggle for the emancipation of blacks from the callous discrimination they faced in South Africa.

I was happily surprised, yet confused. These were the same people who endorsed — and continue to endorse — the anti-Ahmadi laws of Pakistan in a recent debate. They justified the continued persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan. How could a person celebrate Mandela’s fight against discrimination in his society and condone the same bigotry against a community at home? How can we love the doctor and the disease he fights, at the same time?

Pakistanis quote Nelson Mandela with great aplomb and admire him as a great hero. The reason is that he fought for the rights of a section of his countrymen who were discriminated against on the basis of their colour. Yet the same people see no irony in continuing to discriminate against Ahmadis and deny them their human rights.

Original Source: Huffington Post

Judge slams EDL Walsall demonstrators

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard trouble flared between the 600 EDL supporters and 200 members of the United Against Racism movement, who were holding a counter demonstration.

Mr David Bennett, prosecuting, said police saw pages from the Koran being burnt along with a Pakistan flag while there were also abusive and racists chants from EDL supporters.

Placards were also being carried, with one reading “Our Walsall will not be part of Pakistan,” he said.

During the trouble a young Asian UAR member also made an ‘inflammatory gesture’ and EDL members surged towards police bidding to keep the protesters apart, the court was told.

The far-right group’s supporters pushed, punched and kicked out at officers who faced missiles including bricks, bottles, coins and wood broken from street furniture and tables in a nearby pub.

These EDL extremists burnt copies of the Holy Quran and the Pakistan national flag during a public demonstration in Walsall, but they only oppose radical Islam apparently…

Original Source: Birmingham Mail